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February 20, 2013

Sign up soon for conservation camp


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — CONCORD — Winter winds are blowing, but it’s already time to make summer camp plans for the kids.

Barry Conservation Camp in Milan is a place where kids can have fun while getting outdoors and active.

Registration is now underway for 2013 camp programs for youth (boys and girls ages 8 to 16) at Barry Camp. A weekly, overnight summer camp operated by the UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Program and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Barry Camp is ideal for youth who enjoy hands-on learning about outdoor skills and the environment.

To select camp programs and register, visit extension.unh.edu/4H/4HCamps.htm, email 4Hcamps@unh.edu or call 788-4961.

The 2013 summer programs at Barry Conservation Camp include:

4-H Shooting Sports: June 23-28, ages 10-16, cost: $485. Join us for a week centered on the NH 4?H Shooting Sports program. Certified instructors will help youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, and the basic principles of hunting. Previous shooting sports experience is preferred, but not essential.

Mini-Camp: June 30-July 3, ages 8-12, cost: $285. Mini-Camp is perfect for first-time campers and younger children. This abbreviated session will include three nights and four days. Campers will enjoy our caring staff who will introduce them to many fun and exciting camp activities. Learn about nature, try your hand at crafts, explore outdoor games, sing around the campfire ... this week has it all.

Fish Camp: July 7-12, ages 10-16, cost: $485. Come along and catch the big one. Novice anglers will learn the basic skills and equipment needed to get started fishing while campers with more experience will work on improving their fishing skills and exploring the finer details of the angling world. Campers will also hike, swim, canoe, create campfire skits and enjoy a host of other great activities.

4-H on the Wild Side I: July 14-19, ages 10-16, cost: $485. Experience the great outdoors. Create a meal from gathered plants, fillet a fish and cook it over an open fire, sleep under the stars, climb a mountain, swim in a pond, create nature crafts, and more. Experience a week of exciting outdoor adventures.

Hunter Education: July 21-26, ages 12-16, cost: $485. Join N.H. Fish and Game Department Hunter Education staff, volunteer instructors and camp counselors to learn and practice safe, responsible and ethical hunting. If a camper wishes to be eligible for hunter education certification at the end of the week, then some homework must be completed prior to coming to camp.

North Country Adventure: July 28-Aug. 2, ages 12–16, cost: $485. Get ready for a fantastic week of exciting outdoor adventure. This week will focus on building your woods-craft skills. Campers will track wildlife, go on a canoe or backpacking adventure, learn about trapping, practice survival skills, navigate with compass and GPS, practice hunting skills, and more. There will be plenty of fishing and shooting sports, too.

Support Barry Camp: Located in the White Mountain National Forest, Barry Conservation Camp provides a close-knit community for 38 campers and 11 staff. Newly renovated cabins each house seven campers and a counselor. Help ensure Barry Camp is here to connect future generations with the outdoors by contributing to the Barry Camp Fund. Additional improvements and an endowment campaign are underway to ensure that Barry Camp will always be here to nurture new generations of outdoors enthusiasts and conservation-minded citizens. Learn more at wildnh.com/barrycamp.

Sponsor a camper: Although Barry Conservation Camp is competitively priced, many families find it challenging to finance a week at camp. Fortunately, there is a long camp tradition of individuals and organizations providing “camperships” to Barry Conservation 4-H Camp. Check out our sponsorship brochure at extension.unh.edu/Counties/Coos/Docs/campershipflyer2013.pdf or call 788-4961 if you would like to learn how to help send a youngster to camp.