OK: Wildlife Department Youth Camp application deadline fast approaching

Teenagers have until April 15 to apply for the Oklahoma
Department of Wildlife Conservation’s annual Wildlife Youth
Camp.

The popular camp is slated for July 10-15, and youth who attend
will learn about rewarding careers that focus on managing wildlife
for the future.

The youth camp, which is held at Oklahoma University Biological
Station at Lake Texoma and open to Oklahoma residents, introduces
youth age 14-16 to careers in wildlife-related fields and increases
their awareness of conserving and managing Oklahoma’s wildlife
resources.

“The free camp allows youth to gain first-hand knowledge of careers
in wildlife and fisheries management as well as law enforcement,”
said Robert Fleenor, chief of law enforcement for the Wildlife
Department. “Some participants even move on to rewarding careers as
employees of the Wildlife Department.”

Courses planned for the week include rifle and shotgun training,
muzzleloading, wildlife identification, wildlife law enforcement,
fishing, fisheries management, ropes and rappelling, swimming, and
turkey and waterfowl hunting, management and enforcement.

To attend youth camp, applicants must be Oklahoma residents and
must turn 14 prior to July 10, 2011, and be no older than 16.
Applicants must 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.

The camp will be open to a maximum of 40 youth, and applications
will be accepted through April 15, 2010. More information and
applications, as well as photographs from previous youth camps are
available by logging on to
http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/youthcamp.htm .

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