Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police is offering summer youth academies for ages 12-15 with an interest in natural resources and law enforcement,

The youth academy is a five-day program designed to teach youth about boating safety, hunter safety and how to protect natural resources while looking to nurture the relationship between law enforcement officers and the community. Participants in the youth academy attend tuition-free.

This year’s offerings include a basic youth academy and two advanced youth academies.

The Natural Resources Police Basic Youth Academy for New Castle County will be held June 25-29 at Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center, 1205 River Road, New Castle.

The Natural Resources Police Advanced Youth Academy for Kent County will be held July 10-14 at Little Creek Hunter Education Training Center, 3018 Bayside Drive, Dover.

The Natural Resources Police Advanced Youth Academy for New Castle County will be held July 17-21 at Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center.

Application deadline is May 25.

The basic youth academy is limited to the first 20 qualified applicants, with priority given to those who have not already completed a hunter safety course or boating safety course when the academy begins. Applications must include a 250-word essay on why the applicant wants to take part in the academy and what Delaware’s natural resources mean to them. Students who complete the program will receive their hunter and boating safety certifications.

The advanced youth academies are for those who wish to continue learning what it is like to be a Natural Resources Police Officer, as well as learning additional outdoor skills. The advanced academies are open to ages 12-15 who have completed the basic youth academy or have earned their hunter safety and boating safety certifications. An overnight camping excursion is included and parent/guardian participation is mandatory for this portion.

The advanced youth academies are limited to the first 15 qualified applicants, with priority given to those who have already completed the basic youth academy. Applications must include a 500-word essay on either what they learned from the basic youth academy or, if they did not attend, what the applicant learned when they took their hunter and boating safety courses.

Applications are available at de.gov/fwenforcement; and at DNREC’s licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

Opportunities to support the youth academies are available.

For more, call 365-8703 or email brian.pollock@state.de.us.