Firearms Safety- (Forkhorn Level I)
This camp is our beginning program for youth interested in getting their MN DNR firearms safety certificate. During the week youth will participate in hands on activities to explore hunting, conservation, and firearms safety. Each day campers will discover new skills like tracking, climbing a tree stand, wilderness survival, shooting positions, and more! Learning all of these new skills is exciting and exhausting, so we always end each day of camp with fun summer activities including swimming, canoeing, campfires, and games! At the end of the week campers will put their knew knowledge to the test and travel to the shooting range to complete both a written and hands on field test to officially become firearm safety certified!
11-14 years old & who do not already have their firearms safety certificate
June 14-19, 2020
OR July 12-17, 2020
OR August 2-7, 2020
Bow Hunter Safety- (Forkhorn Level II)
This intermediate camp is for youth who already have their firearms safety certificates (required). The focus of this camp is on bow hunting skills and safety. Each day campers work on proper shooting techniques, shoot from elevated stands, explore different types equipment, and complete archery challenges. Beyond shooting a bow they will also gain advanced knowledge in wildlife ecology, conservation, and hunting ethics through hands on activities! This camp also includes plenty of time for fun summer activities like swimming, canoeing, campfires, and games! Like all of our Forkhorn hunting camps, we end the week with a written test for campers to become officially MN DNR Bowhunter certified.
11-15 years old & who already have their firearms safety certificate
June 21-26, 2020
OR July 19-24, 2020
Advanced Hunting Skills- (Forkhorn Level III)
This is an advanced camp for youth who already have their firearms safety certificate and at least 1 year of hunting under their belt (required). This camp includes advanced hunting and conservation skills with a focus on the specific game species of turkey, waterfowl, and pheasants! Youth will get a chance to set up decoys from a boat, practice using game calls, discover how to pick the perfect placement for a blind, and see what it is like to use a real hunting dog! This camp also includes plenty of time for fun summer activities like swimming, canoeing, campfires, and games! Like all of our Forkhorn hunting camps, we end the week with a written test for campers to become officially certified as an Advanced Hunter through the MN DNR. We also end with a trip to the shooting range for a fun trap competition!
12-15 years old & who already have their firearms safety certificate
June 21-26, 2020
OR July 19-24, 2020
Long Lake Conservation Center partners with the Minnesota Deer Hunter's Association to offer and host our Forkhorn, hunting based camps. The MDHA is proud to offer Forkhorn scholarships.
Scholarships are unique to individuals & geographic location, click below to indicate interest in a scholarship. Based on your information, Long Lake or the MDHA will be in touch regarding possible scholarships for Forkhorn camp.
Outdoor Explorers Camp
Outdoor Explorers I
Interested in being an adventurer? Then the Outdoor Explorer camp is for you! Every summer we offer NEW activities for outdoor explorer camp, which means campers can come back year after year! This camp is for youth interested in having adventures in nature! Every day campers will spend time exploring hands on activities to build skills in nature and conservation. (Examples activities from past camps include: outdoor cooking, building survival shelters , canoeing, camping, and bog exploration) This camp also includes plenty of time for fun summer activities like swimming, crafts, fishing, campfires, and games!
Outdoor Explorers II
Take outdoor exploration to the next level in Outdoor Explorers 2! We build off outdoor skills learned and honed in level 1 and put them to the test this summer. Each day is themed for skills application! We practice camping skills, utilize survival skills, navigate through the backcountry and more! This camp is for campers ready to experiment, try new things, take on new challenges, and have fun in nature!
10-13 years old
June 28-July 3, 2020
OR July 26-31, 2020
July 26-31, 2020
13-15 years old
Participation in Outdoor Explorers 1 preferred, but not required.
Outdoor Explorers Scholarships
Long Lake Conservation Center and its supporters are able to provide a limited number of camp scholarships for Outdoor Explorers Camp. Please fill out a scholarship application linked below.
Due to the limited number of scholarships offered by Long Lake affiliates, we also recommend reaching out to your local community. Each year, we see campers supported by Lions Club, Rotary Club, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Fire Departments, and more!
Registration for Long Lake summer camps is easy peasy! Click the big register button to the right. This will bring you to our third party registration site. Then, simply follow these steps:
1. Create an account with secure password (this keeps your info safe, registration requires sensitive info like addresses, phone numbers, etc.)
2. Choose the camp and dates you would like to register for.
3. Complete required forms.
4. Then you can submit payments, right there, online.
You can always call with questions or to register!