Sign your kids up now for Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp
Friday, April 08, 2011
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
Do your children long to spend their summer days in the great
outdoors? Would they love the chance to learn about fish and
wildlife from experts, and hike or canoe with other children their
Then it's time to sign them up for the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's (FWC) Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp. The
facility is located in the Ocala National Forest, and registration
for the 2011 summer sessions has already begun.
The summer camp is for boys and girls, ages 9-15, and focuses on
fish and wildlife conservation, outdoor skills and firearm safety.
This year, the camp offers six one-week sessions beginning June
The camp's primary goal is to help children become
conservation-minded and good stewards of our fish and wildlife
resources. They learn these skills and values through fun and
educational, hands-on activities such as fishing, canoeing,
swimming, hiking, archery and many other outdoor programs.
Tuition is still only $295 per camper per week and includes
lodging, food, program materials and instruction. Each week-long
session is divided into four groups, based on individual interest:
hunter safety, archery and bowhunting skills, wilderness outdoor
skills, and the new and exciting angler's program.
"Campers who want to learn about fish and fishing, will want to
sign up for our new Anglers Fish Camp," said Greg Workman, director
of the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp. "They learn about fish
biology, identification, fishing techniques and boating safety, and
enjoy many traditional camp activities, such as swimming and
canoeing. Each camper will receive a rod and reel with tackle when
they complete the program."
For the camper who wants to take the state-mandated hunter
safety course, the hunter safety group is the way to go.
The wilderness outdoor skills group will experience several
outdoor adventures, including an overnight primitive camping trip
and hiking on the Florida Trail. Before leaving base camp, campers
prepare for the experience by learning the fundamentals of
surviving in the wilderness, orienteering, backpacking and
preparing a campsite.
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 are fishing piers, shooting
ranges, nature trails, Lake Eaton and the vast Ocala National
For more information or to register, go to www.OcalaAdventureCamp.com or call