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DEC plans summer camp for young people

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is preparing for summertime.

The DEC is accepting online applications for its 68th annual summer camp, Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday.

“DEC’s environmental education camps have a long tradition of inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards,” Martens said. “I am always gratified when I speak with a student whose career choice was inspired at a DEC camp.”

One of the environmental education camps, open to children aged 11 to 13, is held at Camp Rushford in Allegany County.

Camp Rushford also hosts week-long in-depth Teen Ecology Workshops for teens 14 to 17 years old, the DEC said.

Participants engage in a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, bird watching, fly tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping and other activities, according to the DEC.

DEC officials said campers can be registered online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html . There is a $350 fee per camper for the week.

This year’s camp season starts on June 28.