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Campers and volunteers sought for southeast Oklahoma summer camp

There are a few spots open for youths who want to spend a week in the woods in southeast Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Forestry Services summer camp at Broken Bow is in its 56th year.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY rmedley@opubco.com Published: May 20, 2012

Youths from across the state trek through the piney woods of southeast Oklahoma each summer to learn about living — and working — in the woods.

Since 1956, they have hiked and fished at the Oklahoma Forestry Services summer youth camp. Some of the campers returned home with plans to one day work in the woods as a career.

This year, a few spots remain for the camp at Beavers Bend State Park. A few more youth counselors and adult leaders are needed, too, said Caleb Fields, who volunteered in 2007 before taking on the position of camp director.

Most of the year Fields works outdoors with landowners who have questions about their trees or concerns about forest fires. Youths who come to the camp from Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton often don't get to spend as much time outdoors as he does.

His office in Battiest, north of Broken Bow, is surrounded by the beauty of southeast Oklahoma. It's an eye-opener for campers who live in urban areas and don't get to see the woods. When they do, they may decide to pursue a career to return to the outdoors, he said.

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