Children Encouraged to Apply for Free Camping Trip on District Land
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is providing children the opportunity to participate in a free youth camping trip at the District's Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve - West Tract in Pasco County.
The camping trip is scheduled for Sept. 19-20. All campers must be accompanied by at least one adult. Participants will learn how to set up camp and cook their dinner using a Dutch oven. They will also have the opportunity to experience archery, fishing, shooting an air rifle, outdoor photography and hiking along the Florida National Scenic Trail. Campers are asked to bring their own sleeping materials but all other camping gear needed for the trip will be provided by Bass Pro Shops.
Bass Pro Shops and the group "American Disability Adventures" are partnering with the District on this event, which is open to children of all abilities.
Participants will be selected through an application process. Children ages 6 to 14 are encouraged to apply. Six boys and six girls will be selected. Applications are available through the District's web site WaterMatters.org/recreation/kidscamp or by calling 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4470. Applications will also be available Aug. 22 and 23 during the "Next Generation Weekend Event" at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 5156 International Dr. in Orlando, or by contacting American Disability Adventures at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-637-3747. The application deadline is Sept. 6. Campers will be notified by phone or email on Sept. 8.
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