2008 Youth Forestry and Wildlife Camp Applicants Sought

OKLAHOMA CITY— Move quickly or miss out on this summer’s most exciting outdoor adventure.

The 52nd Annual Oklahoma Youth Forestry & Wildlife Camp is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, OSU Extension Services, OK Department of Wildlife Conservation, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, US Forest Service and the Oklahoma RC& D.  Camp takes place June 9-14, 2008 at Oklahoma’s Beavers Bend State Park and applications are being taken now.

“The Youth Forestry and Wildlife Camp is a tradition in Oklahoma,” says Camp Program Director, Christina Stallings, “but this year’s camp will definitely be something different.

“We’re stirring things up and I can promise that learning about forestry and wildlife will never be more fun,” she said. “We have even added an extensive fieldtrip day.”

The camp is geared toward students 13 to 15 years old who are interested in learning about conservation, wildlife and forestry in an outdoor setting, Stallings said.

“We expect youth coming to Forestry and Wildlife Camp will investigate possible careers that interest them as well as just enjoying the outdoors,” she said.

Older youth 18 to 22 years old may participate as camp counselors. Counselors should be mature, responsible young adults with an interest in outdoor careers such as forestry or wildlife, or in education, and have the ability to guide younger campers.

Counselors receive a weekly stipend.

Camper and counselor applications will be accepted until May 1, 2008 and can be obtained at www.whatisforestry.org, or by calling Stallings at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, 405-522-6158.

Spots fill quickly, she cautions.  Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

A letter of reference from a teacher, counselor, principal, or club leader with personal knowledge of the camper’s interest and conduct must accompany each camper application. The $175 camper registration fee covers all costs including meals, transportation at camp, field trips, and workshops.