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Oklahoma Camp Gives Youth Opportunity to Experience Outdoors

From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- Youth interested in wildlife, fisheries and law enforcement can apply now to attend the 10th annual Oklahoma Wildlife Department Youth Camp scheduled for June 2-6, 2008. This camp is free, and youth get a chance to learn about careers in wildlife conservation.

Held at OU Biological Station near Lake Texoma, the camp is open to teenagers ages 14 to 16 and is designed to give an increased awareness of protecting and managing Oklahoma's wildlife resources.

Participants will attend courses in rifle and shotgun training, hunting and wildlife identification, wildlife law enforcement, wildlife and fisheries biology and management, self-defense, and ropes and rappelling.

The camp is free of charge, but will be limited to 35 youth. Applicants should be interested in fish and wildlife management or law enforcement and must submit a 75-word essay explaining why they want to attend the camp, why they believe they should be selected and what they expect to learn while attending.

They must also submit a letter of recommendation from a person of their choice other than a family member and a photograph of a recent outdoor-related event or activity.

Applications will be accepted until April 18, and applicants must turn 14 prior to June 2, 2008. Obtain applications by visiting www.wildlifedepartment.com/youthcamp.htm

Simply print off the application, fill it out and mail it in with the essay, letter of recommendation and photograph to: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Law Enforcement Division Youth Camp, P.O. Box 53465 Oklahoma City, OK 73152.

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