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Registration For The DEC's Summer Camp Program Kicks Off On January 25th, 2017

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Summer is still many months away, but it's never too early to help your kids sign up for an exciting Adirondack summer camp! Online registration for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) week-long summer camps opens January 25th, 2017.

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Photo Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The DEC has operated a kids summer camp program for the past 70 years, and each camp offers experiences in conservation and sportsman education. Here in New York State, the DEC hosts four residential summer camps:

1. Camp Colby in Saranac Lake (Franklin County)
  • Camp Colby offers programs for kids ages 11-13.
  • The camp operates for seven, one-week sessions (Sunday through Friday) starting on June 25th, 2017.
2. Camp Pack Forest in Warrensburg (Warren County)
  • Camp Pack Forest offers programs for kids ages 11-13.
  • There are also programs for kids ages 14-17 for six weeks.
  • The camp operates for eight, one-week sessions (Sunday through Friday) starting on June 25th, 2017.
  • Week 3 (July 9th-14th) will be Outdoor Adventure Week for older campers. The event will include a chance to speak with professionals about careers and more opportunities for advanced outdoor activities.
3. Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor (Sullivan County)
  • Camp DeBruce offers programs for kids ages 11-13.
  • The camp operates for seven, one-week sessions (Sunday through Friday) starting on June 25th, 2017.
4. Camp Rushford in Caneadea (Allegany County)
  • Camp Rushford offers programs for kids ages 11-13.
  • There are also two weeks of programs for kids ages 14-17.
  • The camp operates for seven, one-week sessions (Sunday through Friday) starting on June 25th, 2017.
Each summer camp adventure will introduce kids to a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, bird watching, canoeing, camping, hiking, and more! A different sportsman program will be offered every week, ranging from hunter safety to trapper education.

In addition, DEC counselors will teach campers about the ecological principles of fields, forests, streams, and ponds through hands-on activities. Kids will discover how to measure trees and estimate wildlife populations too!

If you know your kids will love one of these camps, then you should sign them up as soon as online registration opens. Space is limited!

As a bonus, if you are a sporting club, civic group, or environmental organization that chooses to sponsor six paid campers, then you'll receive a scholarship to send a seventh kid for free.

A single week of summer camp is $350 per kid, and registration includes meals and trips. Campers can attend more than one week of camp, but they can't stay at the camp on Friday (pick-up day) or Sunday (closing ceremony day).

Online registration opens on January 25, 2017. Don't miss out!

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