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Camp Texas: Giving Kids A Lesson In Hunting Culture, And Patience

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Camp Texas

Students are heading back to school, many of them taking with them memories from summer camp. There are all kinds of camps, on the program today we hear about a Christian camp that introduces young Texans to hunting culture.

The story is part of “Gun Wars,” an investigation of gun rights and regulations in America. This is a project of the Carnegie-Knight News 21 program. It’s a national multimedia reporting project by journalism students and graduates from 16 universities this year.

Visual journalist Jim Tuttle is one of the News 21 fellows. His assignment sent him to a camp at a private exotic game ranch near College Station. It was his first time in Texas and he wasn’t sure what to expect.  
Tuttle says campers ranged in age from about ten to 15 years old. A lot of the counselors were college age.

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.