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Kramer, Spitz learn about rangeland at Neb. camp PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Range management became the main topic of interest for two HHS students June 13-17 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp.

Caitlyn Kramer and Makayla Spitz learned about the camp through Holyoke’s FFA Chapter.

The duo spent a week at the Society for Range Management’s 48th Annual Nebraska Youth Range Camp held in the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey, Neb.

Kramer was recognized as being ranked the No. 10 first-year camper. She received a book outlining weeds of the Great Plains.

The camp is a blend of educational and recreational activities, with the primary emphasis being on range, livestock, natural resources and ranch management in the Nebraska sandhills.

Caitlyn Kramer, at left, is pictured with Makayla Spitz at the Society for Range
Management’s 48th Annual Nebraska Youth Range Camp. The girls spent a
week at the Nebraska 4-H camp learning about range management.

Each camper received a notebook of reference materials as well as classroom and field experience. The camp was open to all interested young men and women between the age of 14 and 18 with an interest in Nebraska’s most extensive natural resource, rangelands.

The camp program has evolved over the years into a dynamic combination of classroom, field and recreational experiences that educate and entertain both the youth that have very little experience with range sciences and those that have participated in range education programs for years.

The idea of range camp is to present a “short course” of range education while maintaining a high level of recreational activities to keep the young people alert and interested in the program.

Classroom presentations and field exercises are provided by a wide array of University of Nebraska educators and Extension specialists, Chadron State College instructors, Natural Resource Conservation Service employees, as well as volunteers from other agencies.

The recreational activities include canoeing the Middle Loup River, swimming, team-building activities, various relays and contests. Awards are provided to the top 10 first-year campers and the top returning camper.

The top 15 campers overall are eligible to compete for two or three paid sponsorships, made available by the Nebraska Section Society for Range Management, to attend the International Society for Range Management (SRM) meeting in February and participate as Nebraska’s delegates to the SRM High School Youth Forum activities held in conjunction with that meeting.

Kramer was sponsored by Nebrado while Spitz received a scholarship from Nebraska Grazing Association.

Holyoke Enterprise June 30, 2011