Sign up for Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp
Friday, April 23, 2010
Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-625-2804
Do your children long to spend their summer days in
the great outdoors? Would they love the chance to learn about
wildlife from experts, and hike or canoe with other children their
Then it's time to sign them up for the Ocala
Outdoor Adventure Camp at the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's (FWC) Ocala Conservation Center in the
Ocala National Forest. Registration for the 2010 summer sessions
has already begun.
The summer camp is for boys and girls, ages 9-15,
and focuses on wildlife conservation, outdoor skills and firearm
safety. This year, the camp offers six one-week sessions
beginning June 20.
The primary goal of the camp program is to help
children become good, conservation-minded sportsmen and wildlife
stewards. They learn these skills and values through fun and
educational programs and pastimes such as fishing, canoeing,
swimming, hiking, archery and many other hands-on outdoor
Tuition is $295 per camper per week and includes
lodging, food, program materials and instruction for each
session. Each week-long session is divided into four groups,
based on individual focus: wildlife and conservation,
state-mandated hunter safety course, hunting skills, and advanced
"Campers in the wildlife and conservation group go
wild exploring nature," said Greg Workman, director of the Ocala
Conservation Center. "They learn about wildlife concepts and
enjoy many traditional camp activities, as well as gun safety and
other fun, hands-on outdoor activities."
For the camper who wants to take the state-mandated
hunter safety course, the hunter safety group is the way to
go. This program teaches campers how to be safe and ethical
outdoorsmen and women. They'll learn about wildlife and their
habitats and be able to apply what they learn when they go into the
woods. In addition, they will have a chance to get their
certification, which the law requires before they can get their
"They will receive firearm and archery safety
instruction from certified range safety officers. They'll
also learn basic outdoor skills and field first-aid training, and
do other traditional camp activities," Workman said.
After the campers complete their hunter safety
certification, they're eligible for the advanced bowhunting and
archery skills program. This program carries the National
Bowhunting Education Foundation (NBEF) certification, which some
states require to hunt during archery season.
The African Safari Club of Florida sponsors the
final program, which focuses on wilderness outdoor skills.
"This program is for campers who have an avid
interest in the outdoors. They'll get to experience several
outdoor adventures, including an overnight primitive camping trip
into the forest and hiking on the Florida Trail," Workman
said. "Before leaving base camp, campers prepare for the
experience by learning the fundamentals of surviving in the
wilderness, orienteering, backpacking and preparing a
The Ocala Conservation Center is on a 57-acre
peninsula, rich in history and wildlife, in Marion County. It
is 20 miles east of Ocala, on Lake Eaton, in the heart of the Ocala
National Forest. The facilities are rustic, yet comfortable,
with air-conditioned cabins and dining hall. The classrooms
have no walls, consisting of fishing piers, shooting ranges, nature
trails, Lake Eaton and the vast Ocala National Forest.
For more information or for registration materials
for the summer program, call 352-625-2804 or go to www.OcalaAdventureCamp.com.