MDC offers Discover Nature Girls Camp at SEMO Youth Camp

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a Discover Nature Girls Camp in southeast Missouri July 15-17 at Camp SEMO in Wappapello. According to MDC New Madrid Conservation Agent Christa Cox who is organizing the camp, this free, three-day, two-night experience is aimed at introducing girls ages 11 to 15 to outdoor skills in a supportive learning environment.

“Our goal is to lead the girls in outdoor activities so when they leave they’ll have the skills and confidence to explore our diverse landscape on their own and with their families,” Cox said.

Campers will spend three fun-filled days learning by participating in hands-on outdoor skills led by conservation professionals. Some of the planned activities include hunter education, firearms safety and target shooting, archery equipment safety, walking through a safety trail, canoeing, orienteering, and fishing.

“We will go fishing, and we’ll also teach the girls how to identify fish species, how to cast, tie knots, and how to clean fish they catch,” Cox said.

Cox said the Discover Nature Girls Camp is right in line with the Department’s goal to help people discover nature.

“This camp will equip the girls to discover nature on their own for years to come,” Cox said.

To apply for Discover Nature Girls Camp, contact a local MDC conservation agent or the MDC Southeast Regional office in Cape Girardeau at (573) 290-5730 for an application. The camp is limited to 32 girls between the ages of 11 to 15 years. Applications must be received by May 12. The first 32 applications will be selected, with all remaining applications placed on a waiting list. For information on this and other MDC offerings in southeast Missouri, go online to