Essay can be ticket to waterfowl camp

CorrespondentMarch 27, 2013 

Writing an essay could earn 10 young outdoors enthusiasts scholarships to help pay for camp this summer.

The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild is sponsoring an essay contest for boys and girls ages 10 to 17. The topic is why the student would like to attend Camp Canvasback, the youth waterfowl education camp at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia in Tyrrell County. Winners will receive scholarships, valued at $230, for half of the tuition for the July 14-19 camp session.

The contest is a natural partnership for the education-based nonprofits, Jerry Talton of Stella, who is on the guild’s board of directors, said at the carvers’ booth at the March 1-3 Dixie Deer Classic exposition at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

“Our mission boiled down is to keep this art alive. We need to partner with schools and youth programs,” Talton said. “This fits perfectly with our mission.”

Decoy carving is among the camp activities. Conducted with help from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and other organizations, the many activities include target sports, duck and goose calling, wetland ecology, boating safety, first aid, rock climbing, ecology and fishing.

“The fact that they have taken the effort to create a scholarship program where the kids have to do something creative to earn their scholarships is a great thing,” Lee Scripture, the center’s executive director, said at the exposition.

Entries are due May 1. Students should send typed entries, 500 words or fewer, on why they would like to attend Camp Canvasback to Raymond Earp, President, Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, 302 Copeland Road, Beaufort, NC 28516.

To learn more about the camp, call the center at 252-797-4800, or visit www.eastern4hcenter.org.

Learn about the contest at www.decoyguild.com, or follow the guild on Facebook.

Boating fees update: Senate Bill 58, which would significantly increase boater registration fees statewide to fund coastal dredging, remained with the Senate finance committee, where it was re-referred on March 5.

If the bill passes, fees would remain $15 per year for vessels less than 14 feet and increase to $25 for vessels 14 feet to less than 20 but would rise to $50 for 20 feet to less than 26, $100 for 26 feet to less than 40; and $150 for vessels 40 feet or longer. The fees would go into effect July 1. A new or transfer title would rise to $30.

Follow the bill, called “Increase Funding for Dredging,” or contact your legislators at www.ncleg.net.

Sunday hunting update: Senate Bill 224, which would permit Sunday hunting on private land, remained referred to the committee on agriculture, environment and natural resources. Its House counterpart, HB 360, passed first reading this past Thursday and was referred to the agriculture committee. Follow the bills at www.ncleg.net.

Easter service planned: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park southeast of Asheville on U.S. 64/74A is hosting its 58th annual interdenominational Easter Sunrise Service 6-7:30 a.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Admission is free. Call (800) 277-9611, or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

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