Missouri Department of Conservation to host girls' camp
Camp limited to first 40 applicants; application deadline is Friday
The Missouri Department of Conservation will be offering its first Discover Nature Girls Camp in the Southwest Region at YMCA Camp Wakonda in Lawrence County.
This free three-day, two-night girls' camp is aimed at introducing girls ages 11-15 to different outdoors skills in a supportive learning environment. The camp will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5,
through Thursday, Aug. 7.
The camp was started by Conservation Agent Becky Robertson five years ago in the Northeast Region, according to Agent Kearby Bridges.
"As a youth, [Robinson] took a hunter education course and felt very intimidated because she was the only girl in the class," Bridges said. "She felt the class was not geared toward her.
"As a result, Robertson developed this camp for girls so they could learn in an environment of their peers. There is a growing interest in bowhunting and fishing among women now. In fact, it's our fastest-growing sport."
Campers will spend three days learning by participating in a hands-on hunter education courses, shooting firearms and archery equipment, walking through a safety trail and taking the hunter education test.
Throughout the camp, the girls will participate in a variety of outdoor skills, such as canoeing,
orienteering and fishing. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of fishing, including fish identification, casting, tying knots and cleaning fish. Following the instruction, girls will have the opportunity to fish.
"This is the demographic the Conservation Department has been trying to reach," Bridges said.
The camp is limited to 40 girls between the ages of 11-15 years of age. The first 40 applications completed and received will be selected to attend. Applications must be received by Friday.
To apply for Discover Nature Girls Camp, people may contact Conservation Agent Kearby Bridges at 417-251-3693 or the Southwest Regional Office at 636-441-4554 to request an application form.