The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is offering a unique opportunity for teenagers to hone their skills.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, June 25-28, Audubon is presenting Counselor Camp for youth between the ages of 13 and 18.
The camp is all about learning everything you need to know to be an Audubon, or other, camp counselor. The trainees will play games, hike, explore and learn how to be a good camp counselors. The camp is designed to hone the leadership skills of youth who are interested in assisting with Audubon Day Camp, but the experience will apply to any camp. In addition to learning the specifics about what goes on at Audubon camp, participants will also learn about the important soft skills that make a responsible and desirable employee.
At the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s Counselor Camp, teenagers will learn everything they need to know to be an Audubon, or other, camp counselor. One of their lessons will be the proper way to handle wildlife and release back to the wild, as this teen is handing off a bird.
Through games and team-building activities, lessons and projects, the Audubon staff intends to create a corps of Audubon junior counselors that are well trained, knowledgeable and the envy of every business in Chautauqua County.
Campers are reminded to dress for the weather and dress appropriately. They need to bring a lunch and water bottle, and a change of clothes could be a good idea.
Camp size is limited to 24. The fee is $90 or free for those signed up to be a camp counselor for Audubon in 2013.
Reservations with deposit are required by Saturday, June 1, by calling 569-2345, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking on the Program Listing link at jamestownaudubon.org.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Hours for the Nature Center are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Liberty, Audubon's non-releasable bald eagle, welcomes visitors daily from dawn to dusk in her outdoor pen. The sanctuary's more than five miles of maintained trails are also open daily.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.