Spend a week studying Idaho's natural resources and conducting outdoor projects at the Natural Resources Camp, now in its 52nd year for Gem State youngsters ages 12-14.
Kids enjoy a week of summer excitement right in their own backyard. The dates are Monday, June 27 through Saturday, July 2. Transportation to and from camp is the parents' responsibility.
The summer program dating back to 1960 is held at the scenic, 7,100-foot Central Idaho 4-H Camp 18 miles north of Ketchum. University of Idaho Extension Service and Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts are sponsors.
Young participants learn from expert instructors about the importance of water, forestry, rangeland, soil and wildlife. Cost of the hands-on camp is reasonable for families. And cell phones don't work there.
The camp offers challenges—both mental and physical—through activities like collecting stream insects, classifying soils, identifying trees, orienteering, preserving plants, tracking animals and stocking fish ponds. Teens watch a raptor demonstration, engage in debates and play games.
Camp staff features director Amber Moore and camp coordinator Megan Satterwhite along with counselors, cabin leaders and instructors in soils, water, range, wildlife and fish.
Applications for the 2011 Natural Resources Camp are available by going online to www.extension.uidaho.edu/nrc, by visiting Facebook, by calling Satterwhite at 208-736-3634 or by contacting local SCD offices (788-5585 in Hailey).
Registration deadline is Saturday, May 21, for $205 per person. Late registration after that date is $20 more. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Scholarships may be available through the local Soil Conservation District.