The Illinois Federation For Outdoor Resources will conduct its 18th annual Youth Skills Camp Aug. 1-3.
After holding the camp at Lotus Point, Lake Carlyle, the first 17 years the camp this year will be moved to Camp Ouatoga at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton. The camp will be open to boys and girls ages 10 to 16. The Ouatoga camp site will provide modern indoor facilities including cottages, indoor showers, toilet facilities and an Olympic-size pool.
Camp counselors will help participants enjoy and learn about hunting, fishing, trapping, archery, firearm handling and safety, shooting sports, survival training, horseback riding, and clinics about ecology, conservation, dog training and more. Overnight accommodations and meals will be provided. The camp will be well-chaperoned and chaperones will be required to have background checks.
The camp will open with a cookout on Friday evening, Aug. 1. Classes and outdoor activities will be held all day Saturday, Aug. 2, and on Sunday morning, Aug. 3. The event will conclude at noon Sunday.
Participation in the camp is limited to the first 60 youths to register and the deadline to register is July 15. The cost is $55 per youth, which covers lodging, meals, a camp T-shirt and other amenities. To register contact Bob Becker at (618) 466-2582 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be mailed a registration form. Registration applications should be mailed to IFOR, P.O. Box 5, Godfrey, IL 62035.
IFOR is Illinois’ largest nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and defending the recreational and Second Amendment rights of its 80,000 members and by providing annual youth outdoor education events.
The event will be held in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Pere Marquette Staff and the Westwood Trail Riders.