Sen. Kowall: Summer youth camp scholarships available

LANSING —Scholarships to attend the Riley Wilderness Student Adventure this summer are now available for youths interested in exploring the outdoors, said Sen. Mike Kowall.

Thanks to the generosity of the George F. Riley Foundation, Safari Club International (SCI) of Novi is providing 60 youth camp scholarships for kids who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer camp experience.

“Attending camp is a great way for children to keep their minds active and learn while school is in recess for the summer,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “The Safari Club International camp will provide children an opportunity to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors while learning about hunting and fishing.”

Eligible youth must meet one or more of the following criteria:

·         Have very limited or no experience in hunting and the outdoors;
·         Unable to afford the cost to attend a program of this nature;
·         Lack an active mentor to expose them to outdoor activities; or
·         Have not yet completed a Michigan Hunter Safety Certificate program.

There are currently two available camps:

Conservation Connections Camp(Ages 9-11), July 8-13: Campers will learn survival, orienteering, archery, canoeing, shooting sports and fishing in a safe and positive environment.

Big Game or Upland Bird Hunting Camp(Ages 12-14), July 15-20: Campers will develop their skills as big game hunters or upland bird hunters. Throughout the week they will work with experts in animal identification while learning valuable hunting techniques and strategies.

“I applaud the George F. Riley Foundation for providing these summer camp scholarships to help interested children make memories to last a lifetime,” Kowall said.

Interested individuals may apply at www.scinovi.comno later than Monday, June 18.

“I strongly encourage all parents of eligible and interested children to fill out an application and apply for a scholarship as soon as possible, as available spots fill quickly,” Kowall said.