Scott Streich’s goal is to introduce the high country’s great outdoors to those who have never taken the time to camp, fish, hunt, hike or explore nature.
The Valley man is able to attain his ambition through his role as youth committee director for the Arizona Deer Association.
Over the five years Streich has been a member of ADA, he hosted a number of hunting and fishing camps that have attracted up to 500 people.
Today, he’s teaming with Arizona Game and Fish officer Henry Apfel of Pine and members of the Mogollon Sporting Association to host the inaugural “Spend a Weekend Learning Outdoor Skills” camp to be held Oct. 1 to Oct. 3 at Indian Gardens off Highway 260, east of Payson.
Streich says he, Apfel and members of the ADA and MSA will be on hand to teach “the inexperienced how to get the most out of their time in Arizona’s beautiful wild lands.”
During the course of the weekend, campers will be given opportunities to learn how to fish for trout in Rim Country lakes, participate in wildlife and nature hikes, set up a safe camp and hunt for squirrels.
Those campers who are successful in the hunt will be taught how to care for a bagged animal in the field.
The setting up camp session will include what food to bring along, how to store it and how to keep unwanted wildlife out of the camp.
On hikes, biologists will teach lessons on plants and animals in the area and help campers look for birds and other wildlife.
Apfel says that fall is a “great time to be outdoors. It is one of my favorite times of the year, the elk are bugling, the fall colors are starting to show and the mornings are crisp and cool.”
Apfel contends that the more people learn about the outdoors, they’ll be more “comfortable in the woods and spend more time enjoying them.”
During the weekend, food will be provided and cooking done by Streich who is an accomplished outdoor chef.
“I’ll be up there on the Thursday before the camp getting things set up,” he said.
Participants must bring their own camping gear and hunting or fishing license if they intend on participating in those two activities.
Campers should also bring plenty of water and binoculars if they own a pair.
There will only be space for 50 participants in the October camp.
To register, call Streich at (602) 369-0713 or Apfel at (928) 474-6426.