Natural Resources Police Youth Academy

The Fish &¬†Wildlife Natural Resources Police Youth Academies are free one-week programs designed to teach youth about protecting Delaware’s natural resources and nurturing the relationship between law enforcement officers and the community.

2020 Youth Academies

The 2020 Youth Academies are scheduled for June, in Kent County, and July, in New Castle County. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 29, 2020.

June 22 – 26, 2020
Little Creek Hunter Education Training Center
3018 Bayside Drive
Dover, DE 19901

July 13 – 17, 2020
Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center
1205 River Road
New Castle, DE 19720

Participants attend a mock police academy where they learn about various aspects of natural resources law enforcement, and boating and hunting safety, and participate in field activities.

The Youth Academies are free and open to eligible youth between the ages of 12 and 15. They run for one week each, with activities between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Lunch is provided.

The Basic Youth Academy

Natural Resources Police Youth Academy BoatingEach participant in the Natural Resources Police Basic Youth Academy will receive both their hunter safety and boating safety certifications.

The Basic Youth Academy is limited to 20 participants. Those who have not already completed a hunter safety course or a boater safety course will be given priority.

Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 15 and must be eligible to participate in a Hunter Safety course.

Applicants must submit a 250-word essay describing why they want to participate in the Academy and what Delaware’s natural resources mean to them.