Iowa Outdoor Youth Camps
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Pheasants Forever Chapters around the state have teamed together to provide outdoor skill training workshops for the youth of our state. The programs target kids ages 12-15 at five different camps which are held each summer. Most of the camps are held at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center near Guthrie Center, Iowa. Starting in 2007 an additional session of the Outdoor Journey for Girls camp was offered at at Hickery Hills Park in Tama County.
Much of the credit for these programs goes to the Pheasants Forever Chapters in Iowa. They actively recruit and pay the kids registration fees to attend these programs. Pheasants Forever recognize the importance of educating these audiences about our natural resources and their wise use to preserve both habitat and our sporting heritage.
Outdoor Journey for Girls
Outdoor Journey for Girls (OJ) is aimed at introducing outdoor skills of girls ages 12 - 15. The three day, two night workshop teaches a variety of outdoor skills including: canoeing/water safety, orienteering, fishing, archery, shooting rifles/shotguns, wildlife conservation, camping, game care, furharvesting, fish identification, and fish cleaning/cooking. The second day is devoted to certifying the girls in the state's Hunter Education Program. The camp is offered twice per summer at Springbrook and starting in 2007 it was also offered once at Hickery Hills Park in Tama County. Outdoor Journey is sponsored by the Iowa DNR, Pheasants Forever, and Iowa Women in Natural Resources (IWINR).
Hunting and Conservation Camp for Boys
The Hunting and Conservation Camp for Boys (HACC) is offered twice per summer at Springbrook. This camp focuses on providing opportunities for boys to experience such skills as shooting, fur harvesting, bow hunting, dog training and handling, game care, along with many other programs to improve overall skills and habitat management.