From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
-- Oklahoma youth who enjoy the outdoors can take that one step further by pursuing a career in wildlife conservation. Teenagers can apply now to attend the Department of Wildlife Conservation's annual Wildlife Youth Camp July 10-15 and learn about careers that focus on managing wildlife for the future.
The youth camp is held at Oklahoma University Biological Station at Lake Texoma and open to Oklahoma residents. It introduces youth age 14 to 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, law enforcement chief for 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 14 prior to July 10 and not 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. They must also 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. More information and applications, as well as photos from previous youth camps are available at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/youthcamp.htm.