SCI summer youth camp scholarships now available

Scholarships to attend the Riley Wilderness Student Adventure this summer are now available for youths interested in exploring the outdoors, announced Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, on Monday.

Thanks to the generosity of the George F. Riley Foundation, Safari Club International (SCI) of Novi is providing 60 youth camp scholarships for kids who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer camp experience.

“There are too many children in Michigan that aren’t able to enjoy all the beautiful places this state has to offer,” said Green. “This scholarship program will be an amazing opportunity for some very deserving kids to learn hunting and fishing while having some great fun outdoors.

“SCI and the George F. Riley Foundation are to be commended for working to provide youth with outdoor experiences they might otherwise not have.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, the youth must meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Have very limited or no experience in hunting and the outdoors;
• Unable to afford the cost to attend a program of this nature;
• Lack an active mentor to expose them to outdoor activities; and
• Have not yet completed a Michigan Hunter Safety Certificate program.

There are currently two available camps:

Riley Wilderness Junior Overnight Camp (ages 9-11), July 21-26: Campers will learn survival, orienteering, archery, canoeing, shooting sports and fishing in a safe and positive environment.

Riley Wilderness Advanced Overnight Camp (ages 12-14), July 28- Aug. 2: Campers will develop their skills as big game hunters or upland bird hunters. Throughout the week they will work with experts in animal identification while learning valuable hunting techniques and strategies.

“These camps are excellent learning and recreational experiences that will positively impact these kids’ lives and create unforgettable memories,” Green said.

Interested individuals may apply at no later than June 18. Green encourages people to fill out applications as soon as possible as available spots fill quickly.