Natural Resources Police Youth Academy applications due May 25

February 26, 2018

For students ages 12 to 15 with an interest in natural resources and law enforcement, Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police is once again offering summer Youth Academies. The five-day program is 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. Applications are due Friday, May 25. This year's offerings include a Basic Youth Academy and two Advanced Youth Academies.

Natural Resources Police Basic Youth Academy is set in New Castle County, Monday to Friday, June 25 to 29 at the Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center, 1205 River Road, New Castle. Natural Resources Police Advanced Youth Academy in Kent County will be Tuesday to  Saturday, July 10 to 14, at  Little Creek Hunter Education Training Center, 3018 Bayside Drive, Dover. The Natural Resources Police Advanced Youth Academy in New Castle County will be Tuesday to Saturday, July 17-21, at Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center, New Castle.

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 him or her. Students who complete the program will receive both 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 youth ages 12 to 15 who have either completed the Basic Youth Academy or have already 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 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.

For applications, go to or visit DNREC's licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

Opportunities to support the Youth Academies are available. Without the generous support and donations from community businesses, private organizations and individuals, the youth academies would not be successful. For more information regarding the Youth Academy, call Captain Brian Pollock at 302-365-8703 or email