Georgia Hosts 6th Annual Wildlife Camps

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The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center (located between Covington and Jackson on Ga. Hwy. 36) will host its 6th annual FFA Wildlife Camp this summer. The goal of the wildlife camp is to teach young boys and girls about outdoor sports and safety and to increase their awareness and appreciation of wildlife. This year there will be four "Wildlife Camps" to provide wildlife education and outdoor safety training in a dynamic environment for young boys and girls. There are two wildlife camps for youth age 10-15, to be held June 22-27 and June 29-July 4, 2008. In addition, there is an Advanced Wildlife Camp available for youth age 11-16 from July 6-11 and July 13-18, 2008. Registration is open, but space is limited!

The weeklong residential wildlife camp will center on firearms and hunter safety (taught by certified firearms instructors). Participants will receive their Georgia Hunter Safety Certification and will have opportunities to demonstrate safe firearms use with certified instructors. In addition, attendees will enjoy fishing, outdoor cooking, deer stand safety, primitive camping, and wildlife conservation.

The Advanced Wildlife Camp is for youth who already have their hunter safety certification. Opportunities during this weeklong camp include bow hunting, survival, wildlife education, and firearms and firearm maintenance.

Campers are divided by age group and stay with the same group throughout the entire week. All programs are designed to be 'hands-on' and geared toward the age of the participants. Recreation facilities at the camp include a swimming pool, miniature golf, ping-pong, basketball and much more! The cost is only $300 per camper, which includes lodging, meals, instruction, recreation and a t-shirt.

Sponsorship is needed for awards and door prizes and volunteers are needed to help with the camp. If you would like to assist in sponsorship opportunities, volunteer or for more information on the Wildlife Camp, contact Leroy Bagley with the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center at (770) 786-6926, ext. 8, leroybagley@gmail.com or visit www.wildlifecamp.com .