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Summer camp offers outdoor education to Colo. youth

Camp Rocky is an outdoor educational opportunity for youth ages 14 through 19 who are looking for an outdoors adventure. Camp Rocky, sponsored by the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other partners, will be held July 5 to 11 at the foot of Pikes Peak near the Crags Campground in Divide. The camp is in its third decade and provides a great opportunity for to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about Colorado’s natural resources.

Youth interested in Camp Rocky and to receive scholarship information through local conservation districts, contact the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts at (719) 686-0020 in Woodland Park. No prerequisites are required for the scholarships. Camp is $250 per camper, which includes lodging, meals, tour, equipment and activities for the entire week. The scholarships are awarded on a first come first served basis.

Camp Rocky staff members are professionals in their respective resource fields. These professionals help youth learn about their environment while working in teams and meeting other students. Each year, new and returning students choose one of the following resource fields for their area of focus:

∞ Forest Management: The forestry team learns about different forest types, how to determine the overall health of the forest, how to find a tree’s age without cutting it down, why trees can be “dangerous,” and how fire can be “good” for forest health and safety.

∞ Soil and Water Conservation: This team learns about two primary components of nature – soil and water. They will “create” a river and learn how different types of soil affect plants, wildlife, and humans.

∞ Rangeland Science: The rangeland science team learns about the “fitness” of rangeland and forage. They will study how rangelands provide food for animals, habitat for wildlife, chemicals for fuel, and clean water for drinking and recreation.

∞ Fish and Wildlife Management: The wildlife biology team may track a radio-collared animal or go electro-fishing (a “shocking” experience), and learn how different types of Colorado wildlife survive the elements.

Additional activities include volleyball games, hiking, archery and trap shooting, a campfire, the Camp Rocky Challenge, and a dance. At the close of camp, students will receive a Camp Rocky Certificate of Achievement. Staff members are dedicated to providing students with guidance and information on future career opportunities in natural resource management.

Eligible youth include those who have completed eighth grade by June 2009 through age 19. Scholarships are available through local conservation districts (Middle Park Conservation District 724-3456) statewide or through CACD.

A map or your conservation districts may be obtained from CACD or for detailed information and an application, contact your local Conservation District at (970) 724-3456 or e-mail darlene@cacd.us.

For all registration forms, visit http://www.camprocky.colostate.edu.


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