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Green Mountain Conservation Camps

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The Vemont Fish and Wildlife Department is now accepting applications for the Green Mountain Conservation Camps.

Camp tuition is $250.00 per child for an advanced or basic session.

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Questions Regarding Camp Availability and Registration - Please Call Jan Finn (802)-828-1460

Application should be mailed to:

     VT Fish & Wildlife
     1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
     Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Camp Physical Addresses: Program your GPS for when you take you child to Camp

Buck Lake GMCCKehoe GMCC
1051 Buck Lake Rd.     636 Point of Pines Road
Woodbury VT 05681Castleton VT 05735

Camp Phone Numbers if you need to Contact Your Child during His/Her Week At Camp: (You may need to leave a message as Camp staff is often out in the field with the children)
Buck Lake:  (802) 472-5066Kehoe:  (802) 265-4577

Come learn all about the outdoors!
Campers have a unique opportunity to meet Vermont State Game Wardens, foresters, fisheries and wildlife biologists, and others who work in the outdoors. We offer hands-on learning experiences on fish, wildlife, ecology, botany, forestry, first aid and outdoor safety topics, and so much more. There are opportunities for hiking, canoeing, fishing, archery, orienteering, and other fun activities.

Who can attend?
Almost a thousand campers ages 12-16 attend our program each year. There are separate weeks open for boys and girls. Campers must first attend a basic week session (open to youth ages 12-14) before they can attend an advanced week session (open to youth ages 12-16). Campers cannot attend both a basic week session and an advanced week session in the same summer.

Lake Scene

fly casting What will we learn there?
We focus on teaching outdoor safety skills and natural resource conservation with topics including:
  • Vermont's fish and wildlife
  • Forests and forestry
  • Wetland ecology
  • First aid and outdoor safety
  • Fly-fishing and spincasting
  • Fly-tying
  • Archery
  • Hiking and camping
  • Canoeing
  • Firearm safety
  • Much more…

When does the camp run?
One-week sessions run from June to August. Specific dates for boys and girls regular and advanced sessions are listed in the camp application each year.
Applications for the upcoming Green Mountain Conservation Camps will be available in January.

Where is the camp located?
The Green Mountain Conservation Camps have two locations. One site is pleasantly nestled in the woods alongside Buck Lake in Woodbury, Vermont. Our Kehoe Camp site is located on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton, Vermont and features a particularly beautiful mountain view.
Girls canoeing

How much does enrollment cost?
The cost is only $250 for a fun-filled week of learning in Vermont's great outdoors!

Why is the Green Mountain Conservation Camp program unique?
Vermont's conservation camp program is unique because it is sponsored and directed by Fish & Wildlife Department professionals-the same people who manage the fish and wildlife resources. Working biologists, foresters, game wardens and conservation educators teach young people about Vermont's forests, wetlands and wildlife. Youth develop valuable life skills and gain environmental knowledge so they can continue the state's traditional rural pursuits--enjoying all aspects of the outdoor world. The program's greatest strength is connecting young people to the outdoors.

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Applications and Other Information

Camp tuition is $250.00 per child for an advanced or basic session. Printable applications and forms:

Application should be mailed to:
VT Fish & Wildlife
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Helpful Information for Parents

Camp Scholarship Information & Forms

GMCC offers a limited number of scholarships thanks to the Vermont Legislature. To determine if your family qualifies for a scholarship please download and complete the GMCC Income Eligibility Instructions & form listed below, or call the Montpelier Office at (802)-828-1460 and request the paperwork. 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.

If you wish to request a Scholarship, the GMCC Income Eligibility Form must be submitted with your application

In addition many civic organizations and fish and game clubs throughout Vermont sponsor youth to attend. Many of these scholarship are not based on economic need. If you would like a list of possible sponsors, contact us at (802)-828-1460 or E-mail us at:

Download Scholarship Form »
Download Sponsor List »
Download Medical Certificate »

Campers who are sponsored by an organization and do not attend the camp session they are registered for without giving a 2 week notice prior to the start of the session will be billed for the amount of their scholarship.

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Natural Resources Management Academy:

Natural Resources Management Academy is a special weekend set aside at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp for high-school students (grades 9-12) ready to explore, in depth, Vermont’s natural resources. At the Academy, students learn about Vermont’s forests, wildlife, soils and water ecosystems.

For more information about the Natural Resources Management Academy ONLY contact Lauren Traister, 4-H Teen & Leadership Specialist, at 866-260-5603 x402 or

All calls concerning GMCC should be directed to Jan Finn at (802)-828-1460.

Temporary Seasonal Positions with VT Fish and Wildlife Department
Green Mountain Conservation Camps

Are you interested in wildlife conservation, working outdoors, and educating youth? Jumpstart your career in conservation and gain valuable experiences as a Natural Resource Instructor or Camp Director at the Green Mountain Conservation Camps. Our positions provide tremendous opportunities for students and graduates to apply their academics in the field and develop additional outdoor knowledge and teaching skills. Best yet, these positions pay competitively. Why work anywhere else?

About the Camp: The Green Mountain Conservation Camps (GMCC) are twin summer camps administered by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with the mission of educating youth about Vermont’s natural resources. The Green Mountain Conservation Camps are located in two sites: the Edward F. Kehoe Camp in Castleton, VT and the Buck Lake Camp in Woodbury, VT. Annually, about 1,000 kids between the ages of 12-16 spend a week at GMCC. The camps run for nine weeks in the summer, and there are separate weeks for boys and girls. Eighteen residential summer staff (directors and instructors/counselors) operate as seasonal employees for this summer program. In addition, close to 75 youth serve as Junior Counselors, a youth development leadership program for highly motivated past camp graduates. The camps give youth life skills and knowledge so they can continue the state's traditional rural pursuits-enjoying all aspects of the outdoor world. The program's greatest strength is connecting young people to the outdoors.

Additional Information:
Note: All positions are residential in nature.
Positions are open until filled. Early applicants are encouraged.
Salary: Range from $550-$700/week + room and board
Position Dates: early June to late August

To apply:
Applications are accepted via: email (preferred) or mail and are reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. Send resume and letter of interest along with a State of Vermont Employment Application to:

GMCC Camp Coordinator: Corey Hart
Phone: 802-461-6487    
Mail:     GMCC Camp Coordinator
            Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
             636 Point of Pines Road
             Castleton, VT 05735

Position Descriptions and State Application Form:

Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action

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Contact Information

Green Mountain Conservation Camps
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
Phone: 802-828-1460
Fax: 802-828-1250

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