MDC offers a Discover Nature—Girls Camp at Lake of the Ozarks June 26-28

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Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free Discover Nature — Girls Camp June 26-28 at the Heit’s Point Lutheran Camp near Lincoln in Benton County. This camp is located on the Cole Camp Creek arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. MDC is now accepting registrations for the camp, with a March 31 deadline for applying.

MDC staff and adult chaperones will supervisor the three-day, two-night camp. Camp activities will introduce girls ages 11-15 to outdoor skills such as canoeing, fishing, firearm safety, target shooting, and water safety.

“The number one thing for campers is the knowledge they will have about fishing, hunting, and the outdoors,” said Conservation Agent Brian Bartlett. “They will have skills they can continue to use.”

One camp goal is to give participants the confidence to explore Missouri’s outdoors on their own. Campers will also become Missouri hunter education certified. Experts provide a supportive learning environment and the chance to actively participate in activities. Campers will go fishing in Lake of the Ozarks.

"Last year they caught catfish, bluegill, and a bass," Bartlett said.

MDC is also seeking adult female chaperones for the camp. Applicants must pass a background check.

Camp spots for participants will be filled in the order completed applications are received. The camp usually fills quickly and has a waiting list.

For a camper or chaperone application, contact Bartlett at 816-835-6087. Applications are also available at some MDC offices, including the Kansas City Regional Office, 12405 Ranson Road, Lee’s Summit.

For more information on MDC outdoor education programs, visit