Local summer camps for youth open for registration

The Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District is searching for attendees for two separate youth conservation and forestry / wildlife camps this summer.

The Trumbull SWCD will pay for the camp fee for students at each camp through its William McDonald SWCD Scholarship fund. The fee includes all meals, lodging and learning materials. Space is limited and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis for residents of Trumbull County. The deadline for the SWCD camp scholarships is May 15.

The Kids Outdoor Science Camp (formerly known as Conservation Camp) will be held June 9 to 12 at 4-H Camp Palmer in Fayette. The camp is located west of Toledo and north of the Ohio Turnpike at exit 2-A or 25 on state Route 66. This camp is for students who have completed grades third to eighth and is sponsored in cooperation with the SWCD’s of Ohio and Ohio State University Extension offices in Ohio.

Campers will enjoy fun hands-on sessions, canoeing, swimming, games and campfire events such as skits and night hikes. There are optional programs paid by the SWCD scholarship including high ropes adventure, shooting sports session and camp photo and T-shirt all valued at $172 per camper. Campers also may choose a friend to bunk with at the camp.

The Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp is a one-week summer resident camp for high school students. This year’s camp is June 9 to 14 and is held at FFA Camp Muskingum situated on Leesville Lake in Carroll County. This camp is open to all Trumbull County students who are at least 15 years old and who have completed the eighth grade. Camp is tobacco free and the use of cell phones during camp is strictly prohibited. Campers may be reached during the week via the Camp Muskingum office. The value of this camp scholarship is $325 per camper.

Have you ever wondered what types of trees are in Ohio’s forests? This and much more, will be learned through programs such as dendrology and forest ecology. Other programs include silviculture, care and cultivation of tree, logs, and the inventory of stands of trees; wildlife management and forest products. Campers will receive a learning manual, tree identification book, tree measuring stick and camp T-shirt.

Campers also will have the opportunity for free time each day to engage in various activities, including volleyball, swimming, softball, boating and fishing.

The camp is conducted by the Ohio Forestry Association, a private nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote the wise management of Ohio’s forests and natural resources. This camp began in 1950 and nearly 10,000 students from all over Ohio have attended the camp. Many of these students have furthered their interest in forestry and wildlife by obtaining post-secondary education in natural resources.

Again, the Trumbull SWCD will pay for the camp fees for students to attend each of the two camps through its William McDonald SWCD Scholarship fund. Space is limited and applications are processed on a first come first served basis.

For more information on the Ohio Youth Camps or to receive an application contact Kelly Hardval SWCD Education Coordinator at 330-637-2046, Ext. 110.

Mike Wilson is the executive director of the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District and is an associate member of the Trumbull County Farm Bureau.