Outdoor Summer Camp Strives to Break Stereotypes

SPRINGFIELD, Mo --  With schools starting back up, students are making the most of their remaining summer vacation. Some may be by the pool, others inside their living rooms, but some chose to get outside by going to camp. 

Located just off a county road, YMCA Camp Wakonda is just as you'd expect. You'll find a small swimming hole in the front, with log cabins and fire pits scattered around.

It's a pretty stereotypical site, except this week, as it hosts a camp set on breaking them all. 

"Back home, I've just been in my room drawing and stuff," explained Kate Schiller.

She's a 13 year old, soon-to-be 8th grader, and isn't typically seen outside on a rainy summer day. But stereotypes are thrown out this week. 

Kate is one of about 2 dozen girls learning the safe way to shoot, hunt, and canoe.


"The 1st time you handle a gun, you're going to be really nervous, and not knowing what do with it. If you don't know what to do with it, most likely something bad is going to happen," said Schiller. 

The Discover Nature Girls Camp is in its 4th year of offering outdoor education on behalf of the Missouri Department of Conservation. It's free of boys, and free of charge.

"You take a lot of the pressure off the girls when the boys aren't around. When they see other girls enjoying these things, they see that reflected in themselves," said Kearby Bridges.

Kearby Bridges is in charge of the 3 day camp, and lights up even on rainy days, seeing the girls thrive.

"It's a big confidence builder when these girls realize that they can shoot a gun and not be scared of it, or that they can hit a target with a bow. We have girls that go on to be bow hunters and go out on their first hunt," said Bridges.

"They call us and send us pictures, and say that they did this because of the camp and the confidence I gained by learning these skills," said Bridges.

Today is the last day of camp, however you can find more information about the camp on the Missouri Department of Conservations website. 
 


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