The Edmond Sun

April 9, 2013

Not too late to submit Wildlife Department Youth Camp applications


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — April 12 is the application deadline for teenagers hoping to attend the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s annual Wildlife Youth Camp slated for July 7-13 at Oklahoma University Biological Station at Lake Texoma.

Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties and coordinator for the camp, said the camp is geared toward youth interested in the outdoors and careers in wildlife management.

“We want every youth in Oklahoma interested in hunting, fishing or a career with the ODWC to apply to this year’s camp,” Harvey said. “It will be a fun-filled week of fishing; boating; learning about wildlife conservation, management and enhancement; shooting; swimming; and meeting kids from all over the state.”

Harvey said youth applicants should be prepared for learning and “a week filled with adventure and activities.”

The free camp increases awareness of conserving and managing Oklahoma’s wildlife resources through courses on wildlife-related career opportunities, rifle and shotgun training, archery, wildlife identification, wildlife law enforcement, fishing, fisheries management, ropes, swimming and hunting.

To attend youth camp, applicants must be Oklahoma residents and must turn 14 prior to July 7, and be no older than 16. To attend, prospective campers must fill out an application form and write a 75-word essay describing why they want to attend the camp, why they should be selected and what they expect to learn. Additionally, they must provide a letter of recommendation by someone other than a family member and a photograph from a recent outdoor-related event or activity. Application forms are available online at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/education/youthcamp.htm. The page also includes additional information about the camp and photographs from previous years.

The camp will be open to a maximum of 35 youth, and applications will be accepted through April 12.