Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

July 08, 2008 16:52 ET

More fun than a video game—Camp Get Outdoors

Outdoor experience is the real deal

Attention: City Editor, Education Editor, Environment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Sports Editor ONTARIO: O.F.A.H. MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - Youth from across Ontario will be trading their game controllers for fishing poles, kayaks and archery ranges this week, as the incredibly popular O.F.A.H. Camp Get Outdoors gets underway again on the shores of North Fox Lake in the heart of the Muskokas.

The summer camp is an outreach program of the national award-winning O.F.A.H. Get Outdoors initiative. Started in 2002, the camp quickly caught on and now fills in just days, with many consigned to the waiting list. Over two, four-day camps running July 12-15 and July 17-20, 130 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18 years will discover the fun that awaits them in the great outdoors.

"The O.F.A.H. Camp Get Outdoors is the only summer camp in Ontario that gives youth the opportunity to experience Canada's outdoor heritage first hand," says Get Outdoors Coordinator Keith Beecroft. "We've built a summer camp around the core values of the Federation, focusing not only on conservation, but also leadership, and the enthusiastic response we get every year tells us that these values are shared by families across the province."

The camps offer non-stop excitement, including the Hamilton and Area Fly-fishers and Tyers (H.A.F.F.T.) fly tying station, the O.F.A.H. Sea kayaking expedition, the Shimano youth bass and walleye fishing tournament, the Excalibur archery featuring Olympic level instruction from Bruce Schneller and crossbow range, Cabela's .22 Sharp Shooter range, featuring Stoeger firearms. Campers are also encouraged to bring their game calls, for competition in the annual Game Calling Competition. There is also a half-day canoe trip, wilderness camping, and Survivor-style leadership and team building initiatives.

"The support we receive from companies like Cabela's, Stoeger, Shimano, and Excalibur, combined with the efforts of our many outstanding volunteers, makes it possible to provide our campers with an incredible outdoor experience that will stay with them for a lifetime," adds Beecroft.

With over 83,000 members and 655 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the largest nonprofit, charitable fish and wildlife conservation organization in Ontario. For more information visit www.ofah.org or www.getoutdoors.org.

/For further information: Alesha Caldwell
Get Outdoors Program Assistant

Contact Information

  • Keith Beecroft, Memberships Programs Representative, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 255