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State Conservation Camp

West Virginia State Conservation Camp

State 4-H Contact: Mike Hall or Ben Spong

WV State Conservation Camp Website

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 and not yet 18 years of age on the first day of camp is eligible to attend the WV State Conservation Camp. Youth do not have to be 4-H members to attend Conservation Camp.

WHEN: June 13-17, 2022. Camp will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 13.

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

COST: $230

Youth repelling off a rock into the forest


  • Partial scholarships are available for active 4-H members through WVU Extension. Pre-registration deadline for a 4-H scholarship is June 1.
  • Additional scholarships may be available from local conservation, sportsmen and civic groups. These include many Conservation Districts, garden clubs, hunting and fishing clubs, etc. Contact Ben Spong for additional information.
  • Individuals, including parents, may sponsor a camper by paying the $230 registration fee.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration deadline for a 4-H scholarship is June 1. Other scholarship sponsors have a June 9 deadline. Late registration is accepted if space is available.

Registration for the 2022 WV State Conservation Camp will be handled through the 4-H ZSuite Online System. Registration will open in mid-April 2022.

Registration link if you are a 4-H member

Registration link if you are not a 4-H member 

Youths with an adult in a creekbed collecting and recording information

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:

  • 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, Ax Throwing, 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.

WV State Conservation Camp Website