4-H and Youth

State Conservation Camp

State 4-H Contact: Mike Hall or Ben Spong

PURPOSE: To acquaint West Virginia youth with the social and economic values of our natural resources and environment; to create in them a desire to save and defend from waste these resources; and, to develop future conservation leaders.

WHO: Any youth who is at least 14 years of age on or before January 1, 2017, and not over 19 years of age by June 13, 2017. Youth do not have to be 4-H members to attend Conservation Camp, and may attend Conservation Camp more than one year. You DO have to be an active 4-H youth to receive the partial scholarship.

(example: if you are an active 4-H youth, your cost to attend would be $95; if you are NOT an active 4-H youth, your cost is the full $185)

WHEN: June 12-17, 2017

WHERE: Camp Caesar, Cowen, West Virginia (Webster County)

COST: $185

SCHOLARSHIPS: Twenty five, partial scholarships are available. Cost to the first 25 4-H’ers to register will be $95.

Pre registration deadline for a 4-H scholarship is May 12, 2017. A check made payable to WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY must accompany registration. 4-H members who register after May 15 pay the full amount ($185).

Many local conservation, sportsmen, and civic groups sponsor campers. Check with your Conservation District, garden club, hunting and fishing club, etc. to see if they sponsor campers. Individuals, including parents, may sponsor a camper. Alan Miller, Conservation Camp secretary, 4290 Greenawalt Gap Rd, Upper Tract, WV 26866 (phone: 304-358-3298), knows who is planning on sponsoring campers. Sponsors pay the $185 registration fee.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration deadline for a 4-H scholarship is May 12, 2017. Other scholarship sponsors have a June 1st deadline. Late registration is accepted if space is available.

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PROGRAM: Classes, all instructed by natural resource management professionals, are arranged to provide every camper with at least one hour of instruction in each of the following topics: Conservation Camp

  • Fish Management
  • Forest Protection
  • Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Nature Awareness
  • Watershed Management
  • Wildlife Management
  • Soil Conservation
  • Forest Management
  • Youth Conservation
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Forest Products
  • Water Quality Conservation

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Trap Shooting, Archery, Small Boat Safety/Handling, Rappelling, Stream Quality Improvement, .22 Caliber Rifle Marksmanship, Outdoor Cooking, Fishing Skills, Non-game Wildlife, Paul Bunyan Night, and traditional camp activities including campfire program, group activities, recreation/sports, and dancing.

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