The Hot Shots Camp is based on middle school science and math, and gives the students an understanding of fire's role in the environment . . . Getting the kids in the park, touching, feeling, and smelling nature builds a connection now that will help them be good stewards of public lands in the future.
—Sarah Craighead, superintendent, Mammoth Cave National Park
In 2009, Mammoth Cave National Park signed an agreement with Barren County Middle School, partnering with the school to offer three week-long summer camps in conjunction with the school's 21st Century Learning Center. The park's environmental education program developed camps that focus on water/hydrology, nature/cave exploration, and fire. The fire camp was dubbed “Hot Shots.”