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Free Youth Outdoor Skills camps offered

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cherokee County Pheasants Forever and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have teamed together to provide outdoor skill training workshops at no charge for the youth of Cherokee County and the state.

The program targets kids ages 12-15 in four different camps and will be held this summer at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center near Guthrie Center, Iowa. Cherokee County PF pays the $100 fee for each child.

Outdoor Journey for Girls, aimed at improving the outdoor recreation skills of young girls, will be offered on June 15-17 and again August 3-5, 2011. Activities planned include: canoeing, fishing, shooting, orienteering, fur harvesting, and camping. The second day of the workshop the girls will become certified in the Iowa's Hunter Education program.

The Hunting and Conservation Camp for Boys will be held June 22-24 and again July 27-29, 2011. This camp focuses on providing opportunities for boys to experience such skills as shooting, fur harvesting, bow hunting, dog training and handling, game care, along with many other programs to improve overall skills and habitat management. NEW THIS YEAR- Hunter Safety Education will now be included. More information on this change is available from your local PF chapter.

Much of the credit for these programs goes to the Pheasants Forever chapters in Iowa. They actively recruit and pay the kids' registration fees to attend this program. The Cherokee County chapter of Pheasants Forever recognizes the importance of educating these audiences about our natural resources and their wide use to preserve both habitat and our sporting heritage.

These spots fill up very fast! Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and each camp is limited to 83 participants statewide.

Cherokee County PF urges anyone that has kids interested in this free program to contact us immediately to reserve your spot.

Contact Greg Eaton, PF Youth Chair at 225-2414, or Dave Brown, Cherokee County PF President, at 225-2213. Registration forms are also available at Fireice Firearms and Rasmussen Ford.

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