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TETLIN:Kids Do Grow Up - Former Summer Camp Participant Transforms Into Stellar Refuge Employee
Alaska Region, October 16, 2012
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Amy Bentele-Edwards setting up for a photo in TNWRs summer Digital Photography course.
Amy Bentele-Edwards setting up for a photo in TNWRs summer Digital Photography course. - Photo Credit: Mary Timm
Amy Bentel-Edwards trying her hand at captaining a paddle raft on TNWRs 4-day raft trip for Photography students.
Amy Bentel-Edwards trying her hand at captaining a paddle raft on TNWRs 4-day raft trip for Photography students. - Photo Credit: Mary Timm

When looking for a part-time assistant for Tetlin NWRs summer camp program, several candidates popped up. But the one that fit the bill, hands down, was a young lady who had been involved from an early age in numerous refuge sponsored activities and camps. Amy Bentele-Edwards, a fiesty 20-year old, grew up in a remote setting....on the highway system but 30 miles out of town where her family lived a semi-subsistence lifestyle. Her mom, however, was always eager to drive Amy in to take part in TNWR summer camps, activity days and festivals. So when she applied for the 20 hr/week position she knew what she was in for. Assisting with the refuge summer Photography class, hauling kids to the local lake for wetland activities, slogging through the mud to present a program at the local church camp, packing gear & food for a 4-day raft trip and paddling canoes around lakes in the area kept Amy busy throughout the summer.
Amy, a licensed massage therapist, was looking for a part-time job to supplement her summer income. This job fit her perfectly, and being a local hire position, it was relatively easy to advertise, collect applications and select the candidate.
From all of Amy's participation in TNWR activities, she was well aware of what would be expected from her in this position. This was a perfect example of how engaging kids throughout their young lives in positive outdoor experiences allows us to reap huge benefits as they mature.
Thanks, Amy for a wonderful summer!


Contact Info: Mary Timm, 907-883-9419, mary_timm@fws.gov



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