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Judy Silverberg: 603-271-3211
4-H Camps: 603-862-2184
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June 21, 2011                

Barry Camp fishing trip

Send the Kids to Fishing Camp – July 31-August 5, 2011

Still Room in Barry Camp Summer Programs for Youth: Let's Go Fishing Week, Hunter Ed, Mini-Camp, Outdoor Adventures and More

CONCORD, N.H. -- What could be more fun for a kid than learning how to fish while spending a week at summer camp?  A special week-long overnight session (July 31-August 5, 2011) at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, N.H., gives youth -- boys and girls ages 10-16 -- the chance to become better anglers as they work with trained Let's Go Fishing staff and volunteer instructors. Novice anglers will learn the basic skills and equipment needed to get started fishing, while campers with more experience will work on improving their fishing skills and exploring the finer details of the angling world. Cost for the week is $475. Youth under age 16 in New Hampshire don't need a license to fish, so come along and learn how to catch the big one!

To sign up for the Fishing Camp week (also known as Aquatic Adventures/"Let's Go Fishing") or other 2011 summer programs at Barry Conservation Camp (listed below), go to http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4HCamps.htm or contact 4Hcamps@unh.edu or 603-788-4961.

Barry Camp is a weekly, overnight summer camp operated by the UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Program and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. It's a great place for kids to have fun while learning about outdoor skills and the natural world.

2011 Summer Camp programs at Barry Conservation Camp include:

N.H. Natural Leaders -- June 26-July 1, 2011.  Ages 14-17.  Cost:  $575
Campers get a hands-on look at wildlife management, forestry operations, air quality research, and aquatic systems while enjoying outdoor activities like hiking to an Appalachian Mountain Club hut. Led by UNH Cooperative Extension, Appalachian Mountain Club, Fish and Game, N.H. Department of Environmental Services and the N.H. Student Conservation Association. Visit http://www.wildnh.com/naturalleaders.

Mini-Camp -- July 5-8, 2011.  Ages 8-12.  Cost:  $285
Perfect for first-time campers and younger children! This session is 3 nights and 4 days. Caring staff will introduce campers to many fun camp activities. Learn about nature, do craft projects, play outdoor games, sing around the campfire...this week has it all.

Hunter Education -- July 10-15, 2011.  Ages 12-16.  Cost:  $475
Join N.H. Fish and Game Department Hunter Education staff, volunteer instructors and camp counselors to learn and practice safe, responsible and ethical hunting. Campers who successfully complete an online Hunter Education Course prior to coming to camp are eligible to earn a hunter safety certificate.

4-H Shooting Sports -- July 17-22, 2011.  Ages 10-16.  Cost:  $475 – COURSE IS FULL.
This week is centered on the N.H. 4-H Shooting Sports program. Certified instructors will help youth learn marksmanship, safe and responsible use of firearms, and the basic principles of hunting. Previous shooting sports experience is preferred, but not essential.

4-H "On the Wild Side" -- July 24-29, 2011.  Ages 10-16.  Cost:  $475
Experience nature and reunite with the great outdoors. Create a meal from gathered plants, fillet a fish and cook it over an open fire, sleep under the stars, climb a mountain, swim in a pond, enjoy nature crafts and more.

Aquatic Adventures/"Let's Go Fishing" -- July 31-August 5, 2011. Ages 10-16. Cost:  $475
Novice anglers will learn the basic skills and equipment needed to get started fishing, while campers with more experience will work on improving their fishing skills and exploring the finer details of the angling world. Come along and catch the big one!

Located in the scenic White Mountain National Forest, Barry Conservation Camp provides a close-knit community for 38 campers and 11 staff. Cozy cabins each house seven campers and a counselor.  Facilities have recently been fully remodeled through a statewide effort by New Hampshire's outdoors community, recognizing that the camp offers a unique opportunity for our youth to experience and learn to love the outdoors.

Registration for summer programs is limited, but a few spaces remain in all the camp week offerings except 4-H Shooting Sports, which is already full. Fees include meals, lodging, instruction and use of equipment. Register at http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4HCamps.htm or call 603-788-4961.

Sponsor a camper:  There is a long camp tradition of individuals and organizations providing “camperships” to Barry Conservation 4-H Camp. Check out our sponsorship brochure at http://extension.unh.edu/4H/documents/CampSpon2011.pdf or call 603-862-2184 if you’d like to learn how to help send a youngster to camp. Among the groups sponsoring campers this year, Elkins Fish and Game Club topped the charts with a gift of six camperships, bringing their total of sponsored campers over the years to more than 90.  Kudos to Elkins Fish and Game for getting kids outdoors in this positive way!

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