Teaching conservation at camp

Walter L. Sprague, Arts and Culture Reporter

Photo by Walter Sprague/NLJ

Archery is always a favorite activity at Mallo Camp in the Target Practice class.


“Our goal is for the kids to experience ‘hands-on’ outdoor education,” said Crystal Kellebrew, director of the Black Hills Natural Resources Youth Camp.

Kellebrew, who also works for the Campbell County Conservation District, said that most of the kids who attended the youth camp June 8 to 10 are from Campbell and Weston counties. The camp, however, is open to any students who want to participate. 

According to the camp’s Facebook page, “the primary purpose of the BHNRYC is
to provide the youth of Wyoming an opportunity to learn about natural resources and natural resource careers in an outdoor setting as part of the youth camp.”

“Many of these students have never experienced camping, fishing, archery and other activities,” Kellebrew said, “and, sadly, some may not experience this type of stuff again.” 

But, she said, she hoped that a few would get hooked on conservation and later choose careers working in that field.

The students split into six major groups, which moved from area to area to experience fishing, winged creatures, water wonders, target practice and other outdoor activities. They participated in flag ceremonies and campfires, with entertainment, meals and group competitions.

The camp is hosted by the Campbell County Conservation District, the Weston County Natural Resources District and the Powder River Conservation District. Funding also comes from a recurring grant from
the Campbell County Community Public Recreation District, a grant from the Wyoming Sportsman’s Group, which provides fishing and archery equipment, and camp registrations. Kellebrew said that the generous donations help to keep registration fees reasonable. She also said
that anybody who wants to
find out about upcoming camps and activities could visit the website at facebook.com/Black-Hills-Natural-Resource-Youth-Camp-1858171 or  westoncountynrd.org/black-hills-natural-resources-youth-camp/.

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