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Fired up about wildlife camp

Staff photo: Karen J. Rohr ---- FFA Wildlife Camp junior counselor Tyler Gordon, 15, of Thomson, Ga., helps camper Amelia Booth, crawl out of the window of a fire safety trailer which teaches children how to react should a fire begin in their home.

Staff photo: Karen J. Rohr ---- FFA Wildlife Camp junior counselor Tyler Gordon, 15, of Thomson, Ga., helps camper Amelia Booth, crawl out of the window of a fire safety trailer which teaches children how to react should a fire begin in their home.

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Staff photo: Karen J. Rohr ---- FFA Basic Wildlife Camp participant Andrew Cruver, 12, of Fayetteville, puts out a staged fire, with assistance from Newton County firefighter Justin McCord. The exercise was one of four fire safety stations -- which included fire extinguisher operation, hands-on only CPR, fire prevention on a home's exterior and how to cope with fire in the home -- youth rotated through last week as part of their experience at FFA Wildlife Camp in Newton County. In addition to fire safety, the week-long overnight camp, designed for children ages 10 to 15, offered hunter certification classes, shooting sports, wildlife conservation classes, archery and camping. The camp, offered twice this summer, draws about 100 students from across Georgia, and out-of-state, said Leroy Bagley, educational program specialist at the FFA facility. FFA Advanced Wildlife Camp, for children ages 11 to 16 who have completed Basic Wildlife Camp, takes place next week, and offers more advanced shooting sports and archery, reptile education, orienteering, outdoor cooking, bass fishing and canoeing. "Most of our kids come back year after year," said Bagley.