Release Date: 03/20/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is offering a Families Understanding Nature (FUN) camp for fathers and their children over the May 4-6 weekend at the Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, just south of Alexandria.

FUN camps offer parents and their children an opportunity to spend the weekend enjoying the outdoors, while learning skills and strengthening their family bonds.  Professional instructors will help campers feel more comfortable in the outdoors by teaching them about canoeing, camping, rifle and shotgun shooting, archery and fishing. 

All participants will arrive Friday evening and stay through noon Sunday.  On Saturday night families will cook their own supper and on Sunday morning cook their own breakfast.  Instructors will guide campers in setting up camps, building a campfire, cooking and cleaning up.  All tents, cooking, shooting and fishing gear, and safety equipment will be provided, except for sleeping bags.

Children must be between 10 and 13 years old.  Applications must be received by April 20 and accompanied with a $50 check for each adult with one child and a $25 check for each additional child made out to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  The fee includes program activities, materials, meals, lodging and adult and child T-shirts.  Applications can be obtained by calling Mike Burns at 318-484-2212 or by downloading it from the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/education/funcamp.

This popular camp fills quickly, so families interested in participating are encouraged to register soon. 

For more information, contact Michael Burns at 318-484-2212 or burns_m@centurytel.net.