MUCC Youth Camp Update: High Ropes Course Addition
Michigan United Conservation Clubs has operated the Michigan OUTofDOORS Youth Camp program for more than 66 years. In that time youth from across the Nation have explored a variety of conservation and stewardship concepts while participating in trapping, hunting, fishing, archery, canoeing, and riflery as part of their camp experience.
As the program evolves, it continuously looks for new ways to engage an ever changing youth demographic and with the development of the “Climbing for Outdoor Recreation, Education and Stewardship” (C.O.R.E.S) Initiative, MUCC hopes to bridge the growing gap in youth participation in the outdoors.
In a grant awarded by the Chelsea Community Foundation, the eight element high ropes course, a double stand rock wall and zip line, will help campers working together as a team, build relationships and solve complex problems with their peers in what can be a very overwhelming environment. This concept will be directly transcribed to a real world context where campers will tackle major conservation issues in mock Natural Resource Commission meetings and Town Councils.
“Communication and conflict resolution is key for finding solutions to conservation challenges and this is a really unique approach that we hope will provide the next generation with the tools to do just that” said Liz Roxberry MUCC education manager. “We are excited about this program and can’t thank our partners enough for the opportunity to launch in the summer of 2013”
If you would like to learn more about the Michigan OUTofDOORS Youth Camp or the new C.O.R.E.S program please visit the camp’s facebook page.