CHEYENNE - Wyoming youth who would like to spend a week learning outdoor skills and participating in shooting sports, fishing, canoeing, hiking, rappelling, and other outdoor activities are reminded thatthe deadline to apply for the 2012 Wyoming Game and Fish Department Conservation Camp is May 18. This ismore than a week earlier than last year’s deadline.
Camp dates this year are July 29- Aug. 3. It is free of charge and is available to youth age 14-17. It is held at the Whiskey Mountain Wildlife Conservation Camp located near scenic Trail Lake, ten miles southeast of Dubois.
Hunter Education Coordinator Jim Dawson said the camp is a great bargain and a lot of fun. “Campers stay in cabins and eat in a dining hall,” Dawson said. “Young men and women enjoy a week of learning outdoor skills and conservation ethics. In addition to learning shooting and fishing skills, there is outdoor photography,canoeing, and campfire time.”
Dawson said the camp is balanced with outdoor, indoor, and hands-on activities. Most of the activities are done in groups with some opportunity to work alone.
“Campers work as a team all week,” says Dawson. “Campers make new friends and learn outdoor skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.”
To be eligible, students must live in Wyoming and be recommended by a teacher or youth leader. Most equipment is provided. Each camper is required to provide personal gear, including sleeping bag, hiking boots, rain gear, and cool-weather clothing. Camp size is set at 40 openings.
The Game and Fish will accept applications through 5 p.m. on May 18. Application forms are available at any regional office of the Game and Fish, at the department website, or by calling the Game and Fish education section office at (307) 777-4538.
(Contact: Margaret James (307) 777-4538)