Conservation Camp
Green Mountain Conservation Camp (GMCC) offers hands-on learning experiences about fish, wildlife, ecology, botany, forestry, hunter firearm safety, outdoor first aid, and so much more.

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GMCC offers opportunities for hiking, canoeing, fishing, archery, .22 rifle and shotgun shooting, orienteering, and other fun activities. Campers have a unique opportunity to meet Vermont State Game Wardens, foresters, fisheries and wildlife biologists, and others who work in the outdoors.

Wildlife education and outdoor skills are the focus of GMCC and the program’s goal is to cultivate a caring attitude among our youth for Vermont’s fish and wildlife resources.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can attend GMCC?

There are separate weeks for boys and girls.

  • Basic Week Session - boys and girls ages 12 – 14 (Children must be 12 years-old before or during the week they attend camp.)

  • Advance Week Session - boys and girls ages 12 -16 whom have completed the basic week.

Campers cannot attend both a basic week session and an advanced week session in the same summer.

Where are the camps located?

The Green Mountain Conservation Camps have two locations.

  • Buck Lake Camp in Woodbury, Vermont is pleasantly nestled in the woods alongside Buck Lake.

  • Kehoe Camp site is located on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton, Vermont and features a particularly beautiful mountain view.

What do campers do at GMCC?

We focus on activities about natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation skills, with topics including:

  • Vermont's fish and wildlife
  • Wetland ecology
  • First aid and outdoor safety
  • Fly-fishing and spin casting
  • Fly-tying
  • Archery
  • Hiking and camping
  • Canoeing
  • Firearms education
  • Forests and forestry

How do I register my child for GMCC?

  • Cost: $250 for a fun-filled week of learning in Vermont's great outdoors!

 
Please register online, unless you do not have access to a computer.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. GMCC offers a limited number of scholarships thanks to the Vermont Legislature. To request a scholarship, you must submit the GMCC Income Eligibility Form with your application.


printable GMCC Scholarship and Income Eligibility Form

Call the Montpelier Office at (802)-828-1460 if you would like the form sent to you.

If your household income is within the allowable limits then your child may be eligible to receive a full scholarship. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-served basis and are based on economic need.


Due to the limited number of scholarships not everyone who qualifies will receive scholarship funding. All scholarship applications and information will be kept confidential.


GMCC Sponsors

Civic organizations and fish and game clubs throughout Vermont will sponsor campers. Many of these scholarships are not based on economic need.


Download GMCC Sponsor List

IMPORTANT - Campers receiving a scholarship or a sponsorship and not attending the session they are registered for, will be billed for the scholarship or sponsorship  amount unless written notice of cancellation is received at least two weeks prior to the start of the session. An e-mail to FWgmcc@vermont.gov constitutes written notification.


If you are unable to download the file, contact the GMCC office at (802)-828-1460 or E-mail us at FWGMCC@vermont.gov

What else should parents know?

If your child is a basic week camper, please remember to complete the pre-camp reading of the hunter education and bow hunting education study guides. Use the links below to access the online study guides.



For those participating in the advanced week trapping course, please complete the workbook provided in your welcome package before coming to camp.

Need more information?

  • Questions regarding Camp Availability and Registration - Call (802)-828-1460 or email us at FWGMCC@vermont.gov


  • Camp locations and phone numbers:

    • GMCC: Buck Lake
      1051 Buck Lake Road
      Woodbury, VT 05681
      Phone Number: (802) 472-5066

    • GMCC: Edward F. Kehoe
      636 Point of Pines Road
      Castleton, VT 05735
      Phone Number: (802) 265-4577

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