The camp, created and organized through a collaborative effort by Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, Northern Nevada Chapter of the Safari Club International, Sparks Rotary and the Fred Searles Trust, is dedicated to providing a unique outdoor experience and teaching valuable outdoor skills to urban and rural children of northern Nevada.
The camp is named for and dedicated to Maison T. Ortiz, a 15-year-old Galena High School student and a fifth-generation Nevadan who died in a snowboarding accident in January. Maison was an avid sportsman and outdoor enthusiast and loved to share this passion with family and friends.
At the camp, children ages 11 to 16 will be accompanied by mentors and expert volunteers as they participate in various activities including outdoor safety and hunter education, shooting, archery, map reading, fishing, basic survival, first aid, laser safe shot and fly tying instruction. All activity supplies as well as food, drinks and housing will be provided to participants at no charge.
The camp’s youth mentor program aims to develop lasting relationships between campers and their mentors, which involves follow-up hunting and fishing opportunities.
“The Maison T. Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp was created to combine education, safety and entertainment into an experience that will provide Nevada’s youth with skills and knowledge to last a lifetime,” said Mike Bertoldi, chairman of the camp steering committee and immediate past president of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited. “It’s also a great way to broaden their horizons and give them the opportunity to develop a passion for nature and the outdoors.”
The Maison T. Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp will be hosted at the Winnemucca Ranch, located on Winnemucca Ranch Road off of Pyramid Highway, about 30 miles north of the Reno-Sparks metro area.
The mission of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited is to protect and enhance Nevada’s wildlife resources for sportsmen, outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts and future generations. For more information, visit www.nevadabighornsunlimited.org.