Jack Wingate camp to give youth opportunity to explore outdoors

Published 8:37 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The goal of the city of Bainbridge Leisure Services’ two Jack Wingate Outdoor Summer Camp sessions is to teach youngsters from 7 to 14 a love and respect for the outdoors.

Leisure Services Department program director Joey Lee, who will be directing the sessions named for and directed for many years by the late Jack Wingate, a member of the legendary guides section of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

“Our first camp session Monday, June 1, through Friday, June 5, will be for 11 to 14 year olds and our second camp session Monday, June 22, through Friday, June 26, will be for 7 to 10 year olds.”

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There will also be a third session Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17, for 7 to 14 year olds.

“The theme of our camp sessions this year is unplugged,” Lee said. “We want to get youngsters away from their computers and video games and let them know how much fun they can have while enjoying the outdoors. Jack Wingate’s daughter, Jackie, will talk to the youngsters about her dad’s love of fishing and the outdoors.”

On the Monday of each camp session, Lee will welcome the youngsters at the city’s performing arts building at 8 a.m. From 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. the youngsters will be transported by bus to Seminole State Park to do some crafts and hike the camp’s trails. After lunch they will be bused back to the performing arts center where they will visit the Jack Wingate Outdoor classroom.

From 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., the campers will take part in a team building exercise.

On Tuesday, the youngsters will learn about firearm and bow and arrow safety and receive some instruction on the archery and firing range. After enjoying some water recreation Wednesday at Spring Creek, they will get in some fishing. On Friday, they take a trip to Jack Wingate’s Lodge on Lake Seminole.