Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC) is a six-day summer camp for kids who either enjoy the outdoors or want to learn more about it. This conservation education program is co-sponsored by the Kansas Wildlife Federation and KSU Cooperative Extension Service. This popular camp and educational opportunity has been operating since 1986.
If you are a Kansas youngster who enjoys the outdoors, now is the time to make plans to attend Outdoor Adventure Camp from the first Sunday in June through that Friday at the Camp WaShunGa area of Rock Springs Ranch, just south of Junction City. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 12 that summer.
Mornings will be spent traipsing the grounds at Camp WaShunGa with instructors, getting a hands-on feel for how various critters and plants live together in the ecosystem we call Kansas. Afternoons are spent learning about several areas of the outdoors, including mammals, insects, birds, fish and amphibians and reptiles. Ecology, wetlands, riparian areas and watersheds are some terms you will learn about at this unique camp.
Since the prairie does not go to sleep at sundown, neither will you. Depending on the evening, you may be out and about prowling for owls, stargazing, spotlighting spiders or watching bats gobble bugs.
Other activities include scavenger hunts, water sports including swimming and canoeing, fishing, shooting sports including rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, and pellet gun. You’ll pick your choices, or participate in all if you like.
The price of the camp includes all food, instruction and lodging. A swimsuit, sleeping gear and clothes you’ll wear for a week are about all you need to bring. Sunscreen, insect repellent, a cap and water bottle also will come in handy. The price for the entire week is $300. You may want to bring a little extra money for snacks or maybe souvenirs at the Milford Hatchery and Nature Center during a field trip. Space is limited and the registration deadline is May 31.
Send your application and full fee to Outdoor Adventure Camp, c/o Theresa Berger, 406 S. New York Ave., Sylvan Grove, KS 67481. Checks should be made payable to the Kansas Wildlife Federation. If you need more information or an application, phone 785-526-7466. Evenings are best, or leave a message on the machine.
These youngsters are shooting the Savage Rascal rifles that the “Kansas Wildlife Federation” recieved from a grant from the Friends of the N.R.A. at the Lake Afton Hunter Education Clinic in Wichita Kansas. The Lake Afton Clnic this year enrolled 760 students and tested 720 on Sunday. The kids really liked the Rascal rifles. They commented that they liked the peep sight better than the open sights on the other rifles. The instructors said it is easyer to explain a peep sight than it is open sights. The K.W.F. is making these rifles available for Hunter Education, plus they will be used at the Outdoor Adventure Camp the first week of June.
Tom Meek, left, from
Tom Meek, left, from
This summer the Kansas Wildlife Federation will host the 25th anniversary of the Outdoor Adventure Camp along with co-sponsor KSU Cooperative Extension Service. It is designed for boys & girls (10-12 years old). It is held at the WaShunGa area of Rock Springs Ranch, just south of Junction City. For more information click on the Outdoor Adventure Camp in the side menu of the KWF Homepage for the brochure and application materials <http://www.kswildlife.org/OutdoorAdventureCamp.php>