MTO Youth Outdoor Skills Camp
Founded in 2011, the Maison T Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp is
a weekend-long event designed to give boys and girls outdoor skills
training and a fun overnight camping experience.
Named in honor and memory of Maison T Ortiz, a 15-year-old Galena High School student who was passionate about the outdoors, the camp was created to encourage youth involvement in wildlife-related outdoor activities. Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, Northern Nevada Chapter of Safari Club International, and The Rotary Club of Sparks – the Founding Sponsors – collaborated with the Ortiz family to create the camp.
The camp takes place at Winnemucca Ranch, located on Winnemucca Ranch Road off of the Pyramid Lake Highway,
about 35 miles north of the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area. This
unique location affords some of the best wilderness areas Nevada has to offer within reasonable driving distance from
Reno and Sparks.
Each event station has shade canopies and is stocked with snacks, water, and other healthy beverages. Portable toilets and wash stations are situated throughout the camp event areas. Meals are prepared by an outside caterer and delivered to participants. Youth Campers will sleep in separate Boy’s and Girl’s bunkhouse tents with provided cots and sleeping bags.
The camp is limited to 11–14-year-old girls and boys. While our priority is recruiting youth who may not have opportunities to experience Nevada’s outdoors, we also have a camper classification called “Youth Ambassador,” which allows a limited number of campers who have previous experience to bring a friend with little or no experience.
Campers are instructed, mentored, and supervised during organized instructional activities by fully vetted, trained, and certified adult Instructors and Counselors, as well as Youth Mentors who have attended previous camps. Organized instructional activities include: Safety Trail, Pellet Range, Shotgun Range, Archery Range, Fishing, Skills in Survival and Orienteering, Wildlife Tracks, and Identification, Rock Wall Climbing and Outdoor Crafts.
Safety & Supervision Camp safety is our number one priority. We have a dedicated Camp Health and Safety Director who is
responsible for the safety and wellbeing of our campers and volunteers. All adult volunteers are fully vetted and have
with at least one medical professional will be always available plus emergency services are a phone call away.
$50 FEE INCLUDES:
• Sleeping Bag
• Fishing Rod
• T-shirt & Hat
• Survival kit
• All Meals,
Snacks & Drinks
You can submit your completed application electronically from our website or print a hard copy and submit to any of the addresses
indicated. The deadline for Camper Applications and Volunteer Interest forms is Wednesday, May 31st. All fully completed
forms must be in our regular mailbox or email inbox by midnight.
Scholarships are available.
As there are a limited number of spots available, you will be notified in early June if your application has been accepted.