Seven children from the Springwater area attended Camp Rushford this past summer thanks to a grant received by the Springwater Rod and Gun Club from the National Rifle Association. Rushford is part of the 4,500 acre Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area two miles southwest of Rushford Lake in Caneadea, New York. The Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area provides a unique and diverse environment for outdoor learning. Campers can explore natural hardwood forests, conifer plantations, fields, streams and marshes and the bog for which the area is named.

Camp Rushford is the only Department of Environmental Conservation camp specifically designed and built as a conservation education camp. The Springwater Rod and Gun Club has sent kids to the DEC camp on Rushford Lake for almost 40 years. This past year, they applied for a grant from the NRA and received funding to send seven youngsters between the ages of 12-14 to camp.

At the weeklong camp, the kids had an opportunity to take the Hunter Safety Course and the Archery Training Course. Both of these courses are required to receive hunting and archery licenses. In addition, the campers had an opportunity to fish and canoe, and participated in informative nature walks guided by college educated staff guides. They also learned about science, solved challenges, played games, kept a journal, caught salamanders, netted butterflies and discovered the interconnectedness of life on earth.

Kids attend camp from all over the state, and the Springwater Rod and Gun Club members are very proud of Cora Young for winning a special certificate for “Camper of the Week”.

The Springwater Rod and Gun Club will be sending more kids to camp in 2014 and anyone interested may contact the club by mail, e-mail or phone. All information is on the web site at www.springwaterrodandgun.com

Campers must be 12 to 14 years old at the time that they go to camp in July or August. Registration for summer camp is in February.