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Free summer camp lets kids go wild

Free summer camp lets kids go wild
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 3:49pm

Here in the Sportsman's Paradise hunting and fishing are favorite forms of entertainment. A summer camp happening all this week helps kids to do just that and be safe in the process.

Future hunters are learning how to be safe when they're out in the wild. The free camp is being put on by the department of wildlife and fisheries.

For the whole week, kids from 12 to 16 years old will cover a variety of safety drills.

Not only will they get their hunting, fishing or boating license by the end of the week - but also appreciation for the gift of the great outdoors.

Organizers hope the camp will serve as a more constructive outlet for youth than indoor activates that provide little in the way of exercise.

"There's so much time that's spent being in front of the TV screen and in front of the computer screen by youngsters,” John Sturgis, Education Program Manager for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, explained. “We need to get them outside and actually take a break from that type of activity."

The kids attending this week long event say they’re perfectly okay with that.

"Outside’s more fun,” Colton Strain, a student participating in the camp, said when asked if he liked outdoor activities. “You get to do more stuff outside."

"In order to live a healthy life I actually have to be more active in life, which is why I came," Jamey Jacocks, another student at the camp, said.

Later this week the class will be devoted to fishing where they will learn how to identify fish and how to navigate the water.

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