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.
What will we learn there?
We focus on teaching outdoor safety skills and natural resource conservation with topics
- Vermont's fish and wildlife
- Forests and forestry
- Wetland ecology
- First aid and outdoor safety
- Fly-fishing and spincasting
- Hiking and camping
- 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.
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:
Helpful Information for Parents
- Arrival Time & Pick Up - Arrival at camp for all sessions is from 2pm-4pm on the Sunday that session starts. Pick up is on Friday at 5pm. There is a cook out with the camper and small graduation ceremony starting at 5pm to which parents & siblings are invited. Everything will wrap up by 7pm at the latest.
Basic Week-What To Bring »
Advanced Week-What To Bring »
Directions To Kehoe »
Direction To Buck Lake »
- ** Don’t forget to have your child bring his/her completed Hunter Education materials and/or Trapper materials to camp
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 Waterbury Office at (802)-241-3768 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)-241-3768 or
E-mail us at: FWGMCC@state.vt.us
Download Scholarship Form »
Download Sponsor List »
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: July 11-13, 2014 (tentative)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All calls concerning GMCC should be directed to Jan Finn at (802)-241-3768.
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