MDRGC day youth camps teach outdoor, archery skills

Twenty-one youth are learning valuable skills at rod and gun club camp

An outdoor summer camp for youth interested in hunting and outdoor skills has been taking place at Mission District Rod and Gun Club this week.

The day camp has been sold out for weeks, according to Gregg Rogers, MDRGC’s director of youth and family services, with 21 kids ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old attending.

“It’s part and parcel of what is a rapidly growing segment [women and children] of hunting,” he said.

Demand has been growing nationally for more programs that include the whole family, but the local club has been hosting these day camps for more than 20 years.

The week-long event imparts basic outdoor survival skills, and allows attendees to take the government-certified Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) course and Canadian Firearms Safety Course. While the youth get certified, it doesn’t kick in until they turn 18.

Map and compass training, a hatchery tour and archery round out the camp’s offerings.

Parents are encouraged to come watch, and for more information, visit www.missionrodandgun.com.