Local weekend conservation camp starts soon

Photo | TKO Taking Kids Outdoors President Sam Coffey, left, and Jarrod Haycraft, found a way to share their love of the outdoors with local youth through the non-profit organization founded earlier this year.

A group of local hunters has come together to create an opportunity for kids to attend a fun, local conservation camp this summer through their organization, Taking Kids Outdoors (TKO).

The locally-run non-profit has already created a variety of activities aimed at teaching youth how to safely enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, archery, camping, skeet-shooting and turkey shooting with the goal of “[keeping] kids off the streets, and to keep them away from alcohol, drugs and tobacco,” according to the group’s literature.

Now the organization is giving kids the chance to spend a “fun-filled weekend at camp” with them from July 31 through Aug. 2 at Camp Loucon.

Limited space is available for TKO’s first annual conservation camp, and registration is available for campers between the ages of 9 and 16.

Youth attending the three-day session will “have the opportunity to obtain their Orange Card” in addition to participating in “classes on hunting, fishing, nature, boating, first aid, and more.”

Local conservation officer Steve Nelson will be present to assist in teaching courses, along with the organization’s instructors.

The group has worked to keep costs low, and each child’s experience will cost only $50 including meals, lodging at Camp Loucon and all activities for the weekend.

TKO’s Board member Charles Van Meter compared the event to traditional area conservation camps, but with a much lower cost, since it is a close-to-home weekend event rather than a full-week.

In addition to the camp, TKO offers a variety of planned activities throughout the year.

For more information or to sign your child up for TKO’s conservation camp, visit the group’s Facebook page or contact President Sam Coffey at 270-748-3990 or Vice-President Ron Hines at 270-230-5555.

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