Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I,C-Peru) announced today that applications are now available at her Assembly District Office for state summer camp programs dedicated solely to environmental education.
“For over 50 years, this camp program has provided youths with the chance to learn about our natural surroundings while promoting environmental stewardship,” Duprey said. “The feedback from staff, participants, and sponsors has been tremendous statewide.”
There are two ways for youths to attend camp: families can simply apply, and pay $250 for a week at camp, or campers can be sponsored by a local organization. Many local organizations pay the $250 fee due to the limited family income of interested youths. Often conservation clubs, sporting clubs, rod and gun clubs, community groups, school science clubs, or garden clubs sponsor a youth to attend camp.
For this program, applicants must be 12-14 years old and have an interest in science, the outdoors, hunting, or fishing. The program runs from June through August. The camps are supervised by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) staff, and are located at DEC Camps Colby, DeBruce, and Rushford. DEC Camp Pack Forest offers programs for youths 15 to 17 years old.
Due to the popularity of this program, families and sponsors are urged to apply as soon as possible. Camp applications are available at the Assemblywoman’s District Office, PARC Complex, 176 U.S. Oval, Suite 1000, Plattsburgh, NY 12903, or you can call (518) 562-1986.
“Applications are also being taken for persons interested in working at these DEC camps,” Duprey also noted. Staff positions are limited and staff must meet special requirements, but anyone interested in working at a camp should contact the state DEC at (518) 402-8014 for more information.