Hey, this is much better than playing video games!

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will once again hold Camp North Woods for kids between the ages of 9 and 13.  This year's Camp will be held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond.

During two different sessions, kids can enjoy "hands-on experiences in rifle, shotgun, archery, map and compass, outdoor survival, canoe and kayak, boating safety, an ATV safety course, deer and turkey hunting, trapping, open water fishing, fly tying, fly casting and more", according to the agency's website.

Camp North Woods is a co-ed overnight camp, and session #1 will host kids ages 9-11, and will be held July 15-20. Session #2 will host children ages 11-13, and is planned for July 29-August 3.

Each session can accommodate 100 kids-50 boys and 50 girls. It's a safe and friendly environment, with staff and instructors that include Maine Game Wardens, Fisheries and Wildlife Biologists, Recreational Safety Coordinators, Information and Education staff as well as staff from Bryant Pond.

Parents are encouraged to join the campers on the Friday morning of each session for fun activities!

A "chance lottery" will be held that will determine who will be admitted to Camp North Woods.  You have until Friday, April 6th, to register your child for the lottery.  Find more information and apply HERE!