Lake & Trails Youth Hunting Camp is a 4 year program designed for youth 10 years and older. Each year, the campers will acquire new skills through direct range instruction and educational courses taught by certified instructors and Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers.
All first year campers will take the Hunter Education course and complete the test to obtain their Hunters Certification. Some range activities include air rifles, muzzleloaders, shotguns, pistols and archery. The campers will also make medicine bags at the primitive living camp site and learn basic water safety on Leesville Lake.
Second Year campers will visit the various ranges and attend waterfowl and trapping clinics. Campers will canoe, learn the art of taxidermy, basic map reading and make their own knives and sheaves.
Third year campers will revisit those ranges plus take on an advanced 3D archery course, sporting clays, trap setting, waterfowl and turkey clinics and knife safety.
Fourth Year campers will attend a gun dog and pheasant clinic in preparation for their live pheasant hunt, the highlight of camp! While also revisiting various ranges, campers will also pack in deer processing, turkey and duck clinics, trapping clinic, the high power riffle range, advanced cooking and a map reading course.
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Yes. The adult must accompany their youth camper to classes throughout the weekend.
Yes, please bring all the necessary toiletries.
Yes. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided Friday and Saturday along with evening snacks. Brunch will be provided Sunday before you leave. You can also bring your own snacks and drinks if you would like.
We have some wonderful sponsors and donors that have made funds available to assist campers in need of assistance. Please contact Joe@lakeandtrails.org with questions and inquiries.
No, youth must attend all classes on their schedule.
Yes, please notify us during registration or inform a board member. There is a sign out sheet located at the nurse’s station behind the mess hall.
Camp goes on rain or shine. Please pack with the weather in mind. Some areas can get very muddy so pack proper footwear.
In the past, we have had opportunities for adults to take the course. Please check with the Hunter’s Ed Instructor at camp.
Golf Carts and ATVs are generally only allowed for instructors and board members. However, if someone has a disability that makes walking difficult, please contact Joe@lakeandtrails.org.
No, public WIFI is not available and cell phone reception is generally poor unless you are at the upper ranges.
Sleeping arrangements are dorm style with bunk beds. Be sure to bring a pillow and sleeping bag.