Applications for Oklahoma's Annual Wildlife Youth Camp - Due April 15th

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Teenagers have until April 15 to apply for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's annual Wildlife Youth Camp.

The popular camp is slated for July 10-15, and youth who attend will learn about rewarding careers that focus on managing wildlife for the future.

The youth camp, which is held at Oklahoma University Biological Station at Lake Texoma and open to Oklahoma residents, introduces youth age 14-16 to careers in wildlife-related fields and increases their awareness of conserving and managing Oklahoma's wildlife resources.

"The free camp allows youth to gain first-hand knowledge of careers in wildlife and fisheries management as well as law enforcement," said Robert Fleenor, chief of law enforcement for the Wildlife Department. "Some participants even move on to rewarding careers as employees of the Wildlife Department."

Courses planned for the week include rifle and shotgun training, muzzleloading, wildlife identification, wildlife law enforcement, fishing, fisheries management, ropes and rappelling, swimming, and turkey and waterfowl hunting, management and enforcement.

To attend youth camp, applicants must be Oklahoma residents and must turn 14 prior to July 10, 2011, and be no older than 16. Applicants must write a 75-word essay describing why they want to attend the camp, why they should be selected and what they expect to learn. Additionally, they must provide a letter of recommendation by someone other than a family member and a photograph from a recent outdoor-related event or activity.

The camp will be open to a maximum of 40 youth, and applications will be accepted through April 15, 2010. More information and applications, as well as photographs from previous youth camps are available by logging on to