Know a youngster who might not get the chance to learn fish identification, fishing, canoeing, skeet shooting and other outdoor related skills? Then you might want to check out the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) summer day camps for children 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge this summer.
The camps will be held from June 24-28 and again from July 15-19. Each camp is completely free of charge and will allow participants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications. To register for the camps, parents must fill out the online application located at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/summerdaycamp by May 31. Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register and may only register their child for one of the camps.
“These camps provide a lot of time for learning classroom material that the children then get a chance to utilize with hands on activities immediately outside later that same day,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “For a week, parents have the chance to let their kids become sportsmen and women in a safe, supervised environment.”
LDWF is providing a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camps. Cabela’s in Gonzales also donated rod and reel combos for each child that they can take home at the end of the camp. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana are each providing two lifetime hunting and fishing combo licenses that will be given to four of the participants. The camps are open to 25 children per camp who have not completed a boater or hunter education certificate.
Since the main goal of these camps is to introduce and teach kids about the outdoors, LDWF will choose the 25 kids for each camp based on the child’s lack of experience with fishing, boating and hunting. LDWF will notify parents by either email or phone if their child has been selected for the camps.
Parents with children that have been selected for either camp, must drop off their child at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center located at 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814 between 7 and 8 a.m., and then pick their child up between 4 and 5 p.m. each day. Attendance every day of the week is mandatory in order to receive the boating and hunting education certifications.