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Outdoor Skills Camp for Hearing Impaired
By The Clinton Daily Democrat · Updated on Monday
By Gar Garman

The 12th Annual Family Outdoor Skills Camp for Hearing Impaired was held Aug. 10-11 at H. Roe Bartle Boy Scout Camp, Osceola, MO. Sponsored by Missouri Department of Conservation with the support of several other organizations, this event provides fun, outdoor learning experience for children with hearing problems and for their entire family.

This year, there were 176 campers on site plus some who just came to participate. Events include active learning in archery, shotgun shooting, canoeing, rock-wall climbing, fishing, crafting and kayaking.

Dennis Garrison, former MDC agent, began this program. This year’s event included many MDC volunteers and volunteers from other supporters like Missouri School for the Deaf, United Bow Hunters of Missouri, Missouri Conservation Agents Association, Boy Scouts and Compton Traditional Bow Hunters. Designated leaders for the entire event are now MDC’s Mark Miller, Outdoor Skills Specialist from Clinton and Sedalia and Tisha Holder of Lebanon.

“This is a great way for kids with hearing impairment to treat their family to a very special experience in the outdoors” Mark Miller stated.


The mission of the MCAA is to promote and enhance the protection and enjoyment of Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources by providing education, professional development, mutual benefit and representation for Missouri Citizens, Conservation Agents and their families.

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