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New summer day camps hosted at Suncoast Youth Conservation Center

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Monday, April 17, 2017

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Safe, educational and affordable youth camps focus on saltwater fishing and kayaking

Registration is now open for the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center’s new summer day campsExternal Website which are a fun way for kids to learn about saltwater fishing and kayaking. In addition to outdoor skills, campers in grades 3-8 will learn about conservation to ensure the next generation is prepared to become stewards of Florida’s natural resources.

The week-long camps are held throughout June. During the Saltwater Fish Camp, campers will learn how to rig a fishing rod, tie knots, throw a cast net and stock a tackle box. They will put these lessons to work with opportunities to fish the mangrove shorelines of the Tampa Bay estuary. In addition to angling skills, youth will learn about fish ecology, natural resource management, fishing regulations and safe boating skills. 

The Kayak Adventures Camp will focus on basic kayak strokes and maneuvers, rescues, orienteering, chart reading and water safety, with plenty of opportunities to try out these new paddling skills. The camp covers the knowledge needed to obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card in Florida, which is required for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988,  to operate a  motorboat of 10 hp or greater. Participants also will learn about aquatic habitats and conservation.

While the emphasis of the materials presented at each camp is different, kayaking will be a part of Saltwater Fish Camp and Kayak Adventures campers will get to fish.

The $190 registration fee for either the Saltwater Fish or Kayak Adventures camp includes a free camp shirt and water bottle. Learn more and download the summer camp registration form External Website at

The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center External Website is a marine-focused conservation education center on the shores of Tampa Bay that provides exciting learning opportunities for youth and families. It’s part of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers NetworkExternal Website a program offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) dedicated to Creating the Next Generation That Cares about fish and wildlife conservation. This successful program works with 350 partners to introduce kids throughout Florida to fishing, boating, shooting sports and wildlife discovery.

The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center External Website is at 6650 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, 33572.


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