Michele Spring Reporting:

(Wednesday, May 16, 2018) Carroll County, Ohio – High school students interested in the outdoors will have a chance to compete for $6,000 in scholarships.

The weeklong program at Camp Canopy was previously known as the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp and has been around since 1950.

Camp Co-Director and Service Forester with the Ohio Department of Forestry Jeremy Scherf notes that campers will have to earn the scholarships.

“We are an academic camp because we are teaching these kids throughout the day. At the end of the week, they take a test. There are 20 trees they will have to identify and 50 multiple choice question test. Basically, the top scorers on the test are eligible for the college scholarships.”

Scherf says they have revamped the camp and kids can expect a variety of new activities this year.

“We bring in 30 to 40 natural resource professionals from around the state. They spend most of the time with the kids outside, everything we do is outside. So for the kid that wants to know how trees grow or how we measure the borer feeds in the trees, or how we manage for wildlife and different types of wildlife; it’s an awesome opportunity.”

New sessions this year include electrofishing, reptiles and mammal trapping. Campers will also experience rifle shooting and archery.

Camp Canopy will be held at FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake in Carroll County from June 10-15th.

Sponsorships are available for those in need to help with registration costs. Visit www.campcanopy.com for more information.

The registration deadline is Friday, June 8th.

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