Conservation camp teaches Kosciusko County kids water safety, outdoor skills

A camp run by conservation officers is teaching kids in Kosciusko County water safety, outdoor skills, and teamwork.

Conservation Officer Jordan Boggs tells News Now Warsaw that Camp Mollenhour is a lot of fun, but also teaches life skills that are crucial in our area.

“We’ve got 103 lakes in Kosciusko County, we’ve got the largest lake in Lake Wawasee, and the deepest in Lake Tippecanoe…the lesson we want to teach [the kids] is water safety is really important.”

Boggs says some parents may not realize a life jacket must be worn when kayaking and canoeing, and through the camp kids learn these types of water safety facts and are able to educate their families.

“Its a unique experience a lot of kids don’t have anymore,” he explains. “We encourage the kids to be curious and ask questions, but we also try to implant and develop these skills that they’re going to have for the rest of their lives…in a county that’s water-focused.”

In addition to swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and boating education, the camp also offers team-building activities, hunting and fishing education, and wildlife identification.

Camp volunteer Tierney Boggs tells News Now Warsaw these activities matter in Kosciusko County, where we have a heavy conservation officer presence.

“What it means is continuing to develop awareness of the outdoors and an appreciation for sportsmanship,” she explains. “We want to develop their teamwork skills, leadership skills, conservation…we just want them to be aware of protecting the outdoors and also enjoying it.”

The camp is for ages 9-14. Boys’ camp will be July 9-14 and girls’ camp is July 16-21. For more information, visit