There are four DEC summer camps for youth 11-17 years old. Each runs for one week between June 24 and August 5. Each week rotates between bow hunter, trapper and general hunting education.  There's also a wide range of activities at each camp; fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, archery and canoeing.

It's never too early to think summer, especially when it comes to Department of Environmental Conservation summer camps. Registration opens one week from today, January 24. There's lots of options and available dates if you register early.

The key to getting the camp and the week you want is too register early because it's a scramble when registration opens. In fact, many suggest completing the registration form in advance of the opening bell especially if you need a specific week. It can take up to half an hour to complete the form.

Camp costs, $350 for a week and the fee is due at registration. Applications are only accepted online. Get more details on dates and camp activities at the DEC's website.