Each summer The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation provides an agricultural adventure for 24 deserving students from across southern Oklahoma and North Texas.


 


Called AgVenture, this four-day summer camp is designed for high school students (sophomores through seniors) who have demonstrated a strong interest in agriculture and may be contemplating a career in agriculture.


Each summer The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation provides an agricultural adventure for 24 deserving students from across southern Oklahoma and North Texas.

 

Called AgVenture, this four-day summer camp is designed for high school students (sophomores through seniors) who have demonstrated a strong interest in agriculture and may be contemplating a career in agriculture.

 

This year’s camp takes place from June 14 through June 17 at the Noble Foundation’s campus in Ardmore. Participants will experience numerous agricultural opportunities from commercial fish farming and wildlife management to livestock production and marketing.

 

“There is not another summer camp like the Noble Foundation’s AgVenture,” said Robyn Graves, agricultural education and relations specialist. “For four days, these students have the opportunity to experience the many unique facets of production agriculture and research. AgVenture is educational, enlightening and entertaining.”

 

Among the many AgVenture activities, participants will experience a shotgun training course. Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife will work with campers to demonstrate proper techniques for safely handling and firing a shotgun.

 

Other hands-on activities include conducting a prescribed burn. Prescribed burning is a vital part of pasture and range management. Noble Foundation consultants will work with AgVenture participants to learn the proper equipment, techniques and uses for a prescribed burn. After the extensive workshop that will cover safely planning and executing a prescribed burn, consultants and campers will work together to conduct a small prescribed burn.

 

“While all the activities are rooted in providing education about agriculture, the campers experience the topics through interactive demonstrations,” Graves said. “Hands-on experiences, such as the prescribed burning workshop, make the learning process an adventure.”

 

AgVenture participants will also tour Noble Foundation research and demonstration farms which show the organization’s extensive research and livestock operations, as well as tour a family-owned and operated fish farm in Connerville. Participants see the behind-the-scenes operations of a successful agribusiness,

 

including feeding, housing and transporting the operation’s largemouth bass population.

 

Students will be able to see how the information they learn during AgVenture can apply to the real world during the camp’s trademark agricultural management simulations. These computer-based simulations developed and led by agricultural economists at Oklahoma State University, allow teams to compete against one another in the management of real-time agricultural operations. Participants manage land, crops, sales, equipment — everything they would if they owned or managed these operations.

 

“These simulations are always a highlight. While we are playing and having fun, these games are teaching important concepts about agriculture and business. However, we’re doing so in a way that engages this technologically savvy generation,” Graves said. “At the end of the day, AgVenture is not your typical summer camp. Students are not canoeing or doing arts and crafts; they are learning about one of our world’s most important industries, but they’re having fun and making memories at the same time.”

 

The application deadline for AgVenture is May 14. Eligibility information and applications for AgVenture are available online at www.noble.org/Ag/Agventure. AgVenture is limited to 24 participants who are selected by a committee on a competitive basis. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by the end of May.

 

There is no fee for AgVenture. The Noble Foundation provides transportation, meals and housing for all students and sponsoring staff. Selected participants are responsible only for their own transportation to and from AgVenture 2010.