Shawnee seventh-graders spent Friday outside taking part in the 17th Annual Dr. Joe Taron Outdoor Camp held at the Kiwanis pavilion at Shawnee Twin Lakes.

Shawnee seventh-graders spent Friday outside taking part in the 17th Annual Dr. Joe Taron Outdoor Camp held at the Kiwanis pavilion at Shawnee Twin Lakes.

Oklahoma Game Warden for Pottawatomie County Mike France said — aside from having to be especially on guard about ticks — the event went really well.

“It's kind of bad this year for ticks,” he said. “Other than that, everyone had a great time.”

France said some students were awarded for their accomplishments during the training exercises.

“We gave away a bow and arrow to our top boy and girl archers,” he said.

Also, partner Cabela's gave away fishing poles and Shawnee Trophy donated plaques for the event, he said.

The camp was started and is coordinated each year by Taron for all seventh graders at the Shawnee Middle School. Taron enlists the assistance of the Oklahoma Game Wardens, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Shawnee Fire Department and the Shawnee Kiwanis Club.

The middle schoolers cycle through five stations where they get to participate in different outdoor experiences. The stations include a fishing pond, an archery range, skeet shooting, an outdoor history talk and a nature trail.

After the students rotated through all the stations, they are treated to a hot dog lunch prepared by volunteers from the Kiwanis Club.