53rd Annual Camp Provides Outdoor Learning Experience

It is not too early to think about enrolling your child in summer camp and what could be better than a week in the woods of beautiful Beavers Bend State Park.  State forestry officials say only 40 campers can be accepted and they recommend those who are interested apply early for the June 8-13 camp.


“The Oklahoma Youth Forestry & Wildlife Camp is one of the longest running summer camps in the state and we’re gearing up for another action-filled summer camp experience,” said Christina Stallings Roberson, educational coordinator for Oklahoma Forestry Services. “Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has hosted this camp since 1956. It’s a great opportunity to get kids in the woods to learn about forestry and wildlife as part of an exciting outdoor adventure.”


The camp is for boys and girls aged 13 to 15 years old that want to learn more about forestry, wildlife and conservation, and that enjoy learning in the outdoors.  She said this is one of Oklahoma’s premier summer camps and draws students statewide and many are the children and grandchildren of camp alumni.


Field trips, Native American crafts, educational sessions and recreation programs are the heart of this weeklong camp, she said.


Older youth, ages 18 to 22, can also participate in the weeklong learning experience as camp counselors. Applicants should be mature, responsible young adults with an interest in outdoor careers such as forestry or wildlife, or education, and have the ability to guide younger youth throughout the camp.  Volunteer adult leaders are also needed.


Camper, counselor and adult applications will be accepted until May 1, 2009 and can be obtained by logging on to www.forestry.ok.gov, or by calling (405) 522-6158. The fee for campers is $175 and covers all costs including meals, transportation at camp, field trips, and workshops.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available.


Applications must be accompanied by a letter of reference from a teacher, counselor, principal, or club leader that has personal knowledge of the camper’s interest and conduct.