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Game and Fish


Youth Summer Camp



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04/01/2010 - Young men and women 14-17 years old can enjoy a week of shooting sports, fishing and conservation education with plenty of hiking, canoeing and campfire time at the Game and Fish Department's 2010 WILD about O.R.E.O. Youth Conservation Camp. The camp will be held Aug.1-6 at the Whiskey Mountain Wildlife Conservation Camp at the foot of the Wind River Mountains near Dubois.

The camp located on historic bighorn sheep winter range is situated on Torrey Creek, about one mile from the Fitzpatrick Wilderness Trailhead. Camp participants live in assigned cabins with family style meals served in a main dining hall. Most classes are held outdoors.

"Youth campers learn about wildlife and wildlife habitat and also experience a variety of outdoor skills and activities," said Robin Kepple, information and education specialist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Casper office. Kepple is one of the instructors at the camp and will serve as the color group leader for the Blue Group this year.

Activities include canoeing, fly tying, fly casting, outdoor survival, wilderness hikes, wildlife photography, wildlife stewardship, wildlife watching, habitat education, compass and orienteering, rappelling, natural resource careers, shotgun, .22 rifle, archery, black powder rifles, outdoor skills competition and much more, all free.

"Students won't find an experience like this camp anywhere else in Wyoming and they get it all for no charge," Kepple said. "The camp is absolutely free for the campers who attend. Many kids make lifelong friends at the camp and some even launch careers in wildlife conservation after attending. It's a great way to learn about Wyoming's wildlife, to connect with nature and to develop or hone the skills necessary for hunting and fishing in Wyoming's great outdoors."

Any Wyoming resident 14-17 years of age is eligible to apply. Preference is given to those who have not previously attended the camp. Interested applicants must return their application to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Cheyenne by 5 p.m. Friday, May 28. Students must live in Wyoming and be sponsored by a teacher or youth leader.

Each camper is required to provide his or her personal gear, including sleeping bag, hiking boots, rain gear and cool-weather clothing. Room, board and all other equipment is provided for free.

Applications are available at Game and Fish offices, at http://gf.state.wy.us or by calling (307) 777-4538. Space is limited. Applicants are urged to mail the completed application in well before the May 28 deadline.

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