The South Carolina Waterfowl Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011 and it's Camp Woodie in Rimini just completed their 16th season of educating youths about the outdoors. Lowcountry Outdoors accepted an invitation to visit Camp Woodie for a day recently under the direction of Camp Director Ed Paul. Campers from all across the state attend the week-long sessions at Camp Woodie that are divided into Level One for ages 8 - 11 and Level Two for ages 12 - 16. Great daily activities for future outdoor enthusiasts include duck blind brushing, john boat camoflauge painting, waterfowl identification and duck calling techniques. Shooting shotguns is a facet of Camp Woodie that gets these youths ready for future hunts, and each week concludes with a Top Gun shooting contest for bragging rights. All shooting is done under the supervision of a shooting instructor and I was inside the duck blind with instructor Matt Baxley and camper Lawson Griffith from Cottageville during shooting practice. Griffith was attending Camp Woodie on a Craig Crosby scholarship created by the Walterboro SCWA chapter to honor their deceased chapter chairman. Charleston's Bethea Long was also in attendance as a camper along with counselor Kyra Schaeffer of Charleston. SCWA Executive Director David Wielicki estimates that 5000 youths have attended Camp Woodie over the years.
To read my feature article in the Charleston Mercury click here.
To view past blog entries on SCWA / Camp Woodie click here.
VideoByJeffDennis: Lawson Griffith takes on a few clay targets at Camp Woodie
PhotosByJeffDennis: SCWA Camp Woodie hat; Lawson Griffith takes dead aim at a clay target with the instructor close by; Counselors hold the boat that the campers spray-painted in preparation for duck season; the Lodge at Camp Woodie in Rimini