Roan Plateau kids’ camp teaches survival skills

Post Independent Writer

By Carrie Click

Post Independent Staff

RIFLE – Kids ages 11 to 16 and their parents will have a unique opportunity this June to camp on the Roan Plateau while learning wilderness survival skills and wildlife habitat preservation.

This is the second year that Keith and Vicky Goddard of the Rifle chapter of the Colorado Mule Deer Association are offering a kids’ camp at Magnum Outfitters’ base camp, which is the couple’s outfitting service’s camp located on the Roan Plateau above Rifle.

The camp will be held June 11-13, and the Goddards are currently taking reservations, limiting participation to a maximum of 15 people.

The fee for the three-day camp is $10 per youth, which covers the cost of a youth membership with the Colorado Mule Deer Association. Each youth must be accompanied by a legal guardian over the age of 18.

Breaking into groups, participants will learn map and compass reading, fire-building and water purification techniques, and how to build emergency shelters.

In addition, Bob Elderkin, formerly of the Bureau of Land Management, will give wildlife habitat presentations using his experience with habitat restoration and water resource development.

Representatives from the Colorado Division of Wildlife will also be on hand to present information on game laws and wildlife biology.

All participants will depart from Rifle on Friday, June 11, where they’ll be driven to the base camp. Participants will leave the base camp at around 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13.

Participants should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping pad, rain gear, warm jacket, personal clothing, hygiene items and personal items.

Contact Keith and Vicky Goddard at 625-4436 for more information and to register.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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