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      Learning about nature at day camp

      One summer camp is helping kids learn some survival skills.For the next two weeks, the Missouri Department of Conservation is holding its annual Conservation Day Camp.

      Youngsters in two age groups, third to fifth grade and sixth to eighth grade, will be learning about survival needs in the wild such as building a shelter, fishing, and fire building.

      Conservation officials based this year's theme on the story "Hatchet," which is about a boy who survives in the wilderness after surviving a plane crash.

      "'Hatchet' is a really great story for kids because it deals with some of the emotional issues kids have to go through, but also a connection with nature that a lot of kids are missing today," said Amanda Moore of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

      Moore tells us that the kids are learning a lot about nature and are having a lot of fun.

      You can even go and see their finished projects on the trail of the MDC's Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville.