In 2016 VENT’s youth birding camp program will turn 30! In advance of this historic event, we are thrilled to announce that Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) has become an official co-sponsor of VENT youth birding camps.
For most of our 39-year history, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours has been a leading proponent of connecting young people to nature through birding and natural history study. From our first camp in 1986, Camp Chiricahua, we have conducted our camps with the conviction that making nature available to young people is an essential component to their leading successful and fulfilling lives—spiritually, emotionally, and professionally. Many kids who have come through our youth camp system have later chosen to pursue careers in science, conservation, teaching, and professional tour leading. Over the years, these camps have included the leadership of some of the most respected people in modern birding including Victor Emanuel, Pete Dunne, Kenn Kaufman, Michael O’Brien, and Roger Tory Peterson, in addition to a host of other natural history exemplars.
In Black Swamp Bird Observatory we have an ideal partner, an organization committed to education, promoting conservation and economic development through birding, and connecting people with the joy of birding. In particular, its commitment to Ohio’s younger generation is demonstrated through the Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC), a program developed by BSBO in 2006 for young people ages 12–18 in which birding and outdoor education are the vehicle to encourage, educate, and empower that state’s youth conservation leaders.
Through our new partnership, BSBO joins the American Birding Association (ABA) and Leica Sport Optics in support of VENT youth camps. The common denominator among all of our organizations is a shared understanding that nature matters, and through birding, today’s youth will emerge as tomorrow’s stewards of the environment.
We welcome the estimable Black Swamp Bird Observatory as a proud new partner of VENT youth birding camps, and thank the American Birding Association and Leica Sport Optics for their continued support.
In partnership with BSBO, ABA, and Leica Sport Optics, VENT will operate two youth birding camps in 2016 and 2017:
Camp Chiricahua, June 29–July 10, 2016 (Sold out; waitlist available)
Camp Cascades, July 30–August 10, 2016 (Sold out; waitlist available)
Camp Chiricahua, June 20–July 1, 2017
Camp Cascades, July 29–August 9, 2017