Tucson students go to Junior Ranger Wilderness camp

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson students off from school for rodeo vacation got a chance to take part in a Junior Ranger Wilderness camp Thursday.

Twenty-five kids, between 10 and 14-years-old are participating in a three-day camp at Saguaro National Park West.

They are learning how to set up a tent, hike and cook safely, plus desert conservation, map reading and more.

"It's really important that the next generation of, of kids, the next generation of caretakers learn what they need to do and what their responsibility is, for stewardship of these great areas," said Chip Littlefield from Saguaro National Park.

About a dozen volunteers are putting in about 600 man-hours to make the camp possible.

More one-day camps are scheduled in the Spring.