[Courtesy Mike Brindle, Wilderness Road State Park]
ELYDALE – Wilderness Road State Park is hosting its annual Junior Rangers camp with two sessions, July 17-21 and July 24-28, for ages 5 to 12. Participants will be given the opportunity to uniquely explore and learn about their local park while discovering how to safely navigate the woods whether on a hike or a camping trip.
Participants meet with the nature interpreter each day from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for fun, hands-on, educational and entertaining activities as they explore our region’s natural resources. This year’s theme is “Outdoor Skills, for fun and for Life” and covers various topics such as foraging for food, identifying hazards, safe handling of tools, building an emergency shelter, making and managing a fire, cooking with fire and more.
Each day presents a different subject, activity and craft. There will also be fun and competitive games, how to react to various weather conditions and how to be a good stewards by implementing Leave No Trace principles.
On the final day, a ceremony will be conducted with each participant receiving a badge and certificate of completion, certifying them as Wilderness Road State Park Junior Rangers, and they will also receive their collector t-shirts.
This year’s camp will include a Junior Rangers collector t-shirt, crafts and refreshments for just $20 for each child for the entire week.
The registration deadline is Friday, June 30 to allow the park enough time to order the custom t-shirts. For more information, or to register, please call the park office at 276-445-3065.
For more information on Virginia’s award-winning state parks call toll-free 1-800-933-PARK (7275) or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov. The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.