Ocala Youth Camp
The camp occupies a 57-acre peninsula, rich in history and wildlife, on Lake Eaton in the Ocala National Forest. Facilities are rustic, yet comfortable, with air-conditioned cabins and dining hall. Our "Classrooms" consist of outdoor shooting ranges, a fishing pier, Lake Eaton and the vast Ocala National Forest.
The Mission of the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp is to provide campers with the necessary skills and knowledge to become better sportsmen and women, while instilling an awareness of firearm safety and wildlife stewardship. In addition to hunter safety, all campers will enjoy fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking and many other outdoor activities.
Real Florida (Ages: 15-17)
A new Ocala Adventure Camp program provides an exciting opportunity for campers to deepen their understanding of Florida wildlife. Real Florida is best suited for young adults who have a passion for nature, the outdoors, and hunting. Participants will learn about the ecology of white-tailed deer, wild hogs, resident and migratory game birds, small game and more. The program also teaches participants about the importance of conservation, wildlife management and land stewardship. Hands-on training opportunities with a focus on safety allow campers to learn safe firearms handling and responsible hunting practices as well as develop their marksmanship skills. This week-long camp also emphasizes developing leadership, public speaking, and team building skills while providing campers with insights about their role in conservation.
Pathfinders - "Hunter Safety" - (Ages: 9-14)
Pathfinders is our most popular and innovative program teaching campers how to be safe, knowledgeable, responsible hunters. Successful completion of this program exceeds the requirements for Florida's Hunter Safety certification. This program is led by certified FWC Hunter Safety Instructors and focuses on game, hunting and basic outdoor skills. Campers increase their understanding about game populations, habitats and their role as conservationist of these resources. Pathfinder participants gain knowledge by developing hunting and firearm safety skills that are used for a lifetime. This program includes range time in shotgun, rifle, muzzleloading and archery instruction. Campers also participate in fishing, canoeing and other traditional camp activities.
Outfitters - Bowhunting Skills (Ages: 12-14)
This new program expands on archery and bowhunting where Pathfinders leaves off. After completing the Hunter Safety certification, campers can participate in this exciting archery and bowhunting skills adventure. Campers will enjoy several nationally recognized and innovative programs. The "Explore Bowhunting" curriculum introduces participants to the many challenges and rewards of archery and bowhunting. These skills are taught in a fun atmosphere through interacting in various games and exercises designed to teach problem solving and decision making. Additionally, campers have the opportunity to acquire certification in the National Bowhunters Education Foundation's bowhunting course. This certification is required by some states in order to bowhunt there. Campers also participate in fishing, canoeing, swimming and other traditional camp activities.
Safari - "Wilderness Outdoor Skills" - (Ages: 13-14)
The curriculum takes you from the classroom to the field and teaches the participants outdoor skills and environmental awareness about our changing ecosystem. The Safari group examine wildlife habitat through hands-on experiences, teaches outdoor and hunter ethics, participate in shooting sports activities, hiking on the Florida Trail, and swimming to name a few of the activities. Campers take a canoe challenge down the Ocklawaha River and through a cypress swamp system where they will camp overnight on a high bluff overlooking Cedar Creek in the Ocala National Forest. This program exposes our future leaders to a variety of outdoor experiences for which they can make informed decisions on future environmentally sensitive issues. The Safari program is for the ardent camper and challenges the participants with rewarding results; a desire for the out-of-doors is recommended. Participants must have already completed their hunter safety certification to register for this program.
To apply by mail, print and send your registration form, copy of child's birth certificate and payment to:
Ocala Conservation Center
Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp
P.O. Box 2516
Silver Springs, FL 34489
If the camper wants to attend the Safari Program, please enclose proof of his/her hunter safety certification. Each registration form must include full payment of $325 per camper. Tuition is payable by check or money order to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Registration applications are acknowledged by return mail. Additional forms will be mailed to you and must be completed before the camper's first day of camp. Physical examinations are included and some forms will need to be notarized.
Week 1 - June 10-15
Week 2 - June 17-22
Week 3 - June 24-29
Week 4 - July 8-13
Week 5 - July 15-20
Week 6 - July 22-27
Tuition for Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp is $325 per camper. Fees include lodging, all meals and snacks, most equipment and program materials and minor accident insurance. Camp is available to both boys and girls, ages 9-17. Campers must be at least 9 and no older than 17 by the first day of their camp session.
Refunds are not made unless the refund form, available by request, is received by the Ocala Conservation Center at least 14 days before the start of the camper's session.
If you are interested in a summer position with the Ocala Conservation Center's Outdoor Adventure Camp, please complete the camp Staff Application (additional paperwork will follow). Please return your completed staff application to the address below.
All potential staff must undergo a criminal background check. For additional information on summer camp employment contact: