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Ambassador youth program offers unique perspective of National Lakeshore

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Imagine spending an entire week away from your computer, your cell phone, Facebook, all of life's distractions. Instead, you'll spend it outdoors getting exercise, meeting new friends and getting in touch with nature.

(WPBN/WGTU) -- Imagine spending an entire week away from your computer, your cell phone, Facebook, all of life's distractions. Instead, you'll spend it outdoors getting exercise, meeting new friends and getting in touch with nature. That's what the Wilderness Ambassador Youth Program through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides.

The unique program offers miles of trails, sandy beaches and stunning views from elevated bluffs. This summer, a select group of high school students has the opportunity to camp out along the National Lakeshore. It goes for for an entire week in different areas of the park camping and hiking.

The program now in it's second year focuses on teaching environmental stewardship and personal responsibility.

"Our planet is an important place and I think that it's important to encourage teenagers to understand that we have to protect the planet and treat it with respect," says Sleeping Bear Dunes park ranger, Kelly Sczomak.

The trip is open to students entering 9th through 12th grade next school year, who can also carry a 40-pound bag and hike eight miles a day. The program goes from July 30 to August 5. It's competitive and spots are limited.

Students have to apply for the program no later than May 31. You can submit an application online or mail in a paper application.

For more information about the program and applying click here.

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