Applications are being accepted for the 22nd annual Wildlife Youth Camp at Lake Texhoma this summer.

The camp will be June 21-26, 2020, at University of Oklahoma's Biological Station at Lake Texoma. Game wardens, wildlife and fisheries professionals and dedicated hunters and anglers will conduct the camp and supervise activities for up to 35 teens selected to attend the event, which focuses on outdoor activities and conservation education.

"Campers will get a better understanding of wildlife and fisheries management and conservation law enforcement, while at the same time learning some fun outdoor activities," said Lt. Col. Wade Farrar, youth camp coordinator. "If you are interested in hunting, fishing or a career with the Wildlife Department, then this camp is for you."

Activities will include archery, wildlife identification, rifle/shotgun shooting, fishing, ropes course, self-defense, wildlife law enforcement scenarios, wildlife and fisheries management education and deer/turkey/waterfowl law enforcement techniques.

Because of support from generous sponsors, including Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the camp is free.

Applicants must be Oklahoma residents who will be 14 to 16 years old as of June 21, 2020. Prospective campers must fill out an application form and write a 75-word essay describing why they want to attend the camp, why they should be selected and what they expect to learn.

Also, applicants must furnish a letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member and a recent photograph showing the applicant participating in an outdoor-related event or activity.

The application form is online at The page also includes additional information about the camp and photos from previous years.

Applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. April 10, 2020.

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