By Linda Andersen
“I had so much fun. I made a bunch of friends, and did a lot of fun activities…We did rock climbing, blood trailing, shooting, archery, campfires, and much more other stuff.” – Jordon
“They have an awesome place to be. It’s nice, it’s big – it has so many trails it’s easy to get lost in the woods. My favorite part was in the classroom with my team leaders.” – Elliot
“I love the food, I love the activities, I love learning about nature, but most importantly I love learning about hunting!” – Josephine
“I had a lot of fun, and learned all this new stuff like how to climb deer stands, drive deer, sneak up to deer, and to get to be a better shot.” – Riley
“It has been a blast and I have learned a lot…I have done a lot of things from canoeing and fishing to shooting bows…My favorite part was catching a northern when fishing on the canoes.” – Colten
It’s that time of year when the North Red River Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will be accepting submissions for the Forkhorn Camp Scholarship Essay Competition. Kelly Turgeon, president of the association shared thank you notes which the association received from the six youth winners they sponsored last year. Excerpts from five of those notes are printed above.
The Forkhorn Camp is sponsored by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (M.D.H.A.) and is held at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack, Minnesota.
Daniella Steyn, daughter of Theons and Ronessa Steyn, also attended the camp last summer and sent a note of appreciation to the association. She agreed to share some information about herself and her Forkhorn camping experience with Enterprise readers.
Daniella is a sixth grader at Kittson Central School in Hallock. She has a long list of interests which includes figure skating, archery, target shooting, volleyball, quilt making, crocheting blankets, and photography.
Why did Daniella want to go to Forkhorn Camp? “I wanted to go to Forkhorn Camp because I thought it would be a great opportunity to make new friends and experience nature from a different perspective,” is her reply.
She offers some information about the location and duration of the camp. “The camp is five days long. Registration is on Sunday in Hackensack, Minnesota and the closing ceremony is on Friday afternoon, also in Hackensack.”
She says her favorite part of camp was “the archery and shooting range.” She explains further, “It was so much fun and let me use and improve my skills.”
She offers a thorough description of a typical day at camp. “A typical day at camp starts up by waking up and getting dressed, followed by going to the dining hall to have a delicious breakfast. Then you go and do your team strengthening activities. Then you come back to the dining hall for a great lunch. After lunch you typically went for a hike or down to the rifle range. After around two hours at the rifle range you then hike two and a half miles back to the dining hall for supper. After that you have time to take a shower and clean up. After that you can go and get your bedtime snack. This is a time to munch on your snack and get to talk to friends as well as find out what your activities are for tomorrow. After that it is lights out, and that is another great day at camp!”
What was the biggest thing Daniella learned at camp? “I learned that working together makes everything easier and that being in nature is a wonderful thing.”
“I highly encourage other children to try this camp and see the amazing things that the M.D.H.A. does,” she concludes.
According to Kelly Turgeon, the North Red River Chapter of the M.D.H.A. has sponsored youth ages 11-17 to attend Forkhorn Camp for twenty-three years. The association pays all camp fees. Parents are responsible to provide transportation to and from the camp.
Watch for competition details in the Enterprise or contact Turgeon at (218) 843-2046 for more information.
By Linda Andersen