Fuel Costs' Latest Victims: Youth Groups

"You're going to see a change in the sense that instead of flying maybe they'll get a motor coach or take the group somewhere more local," said McLaughlin, whose company is based in Nashville, Tenn. "They'll do something smaller."

But even renting buses is getting more expensive, said McLaughlin, who estimated that a one-day bus trip that would usually cost $1,000 now costs 8 to 9 percent more because of the cost of diesel.

For only the second time in its 42-year history, Bob Musiker, co-owner of a popular summer tour program for teens, says he's had to charge participants an extra $25 to combat rising fuel costs.

"It's an energy cost adjustment," said Musiker of the surcharge. "It goes toward bus trips because bus companies have given us three or four different fuel surcharges since the early spring, plus putting gas in our own vans for day trips."

Even so, Musiker told ABCNEWS.com that the extra fee doesn't "come close" to recovering the increased costs absorbed by the company.

So for now, Goldberg says she's going to remain optimistic that her young musicians get the trip they've been practicing for.

"It would be a huge disappointment [if everyone didn't go], said Goldberg. "There's a lot of excitement in the orchestra, this is a big deal for them."

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