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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 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 10-15, 2019. Camp will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 10.

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

COST: $200

SCHOLARSHIPS: Twenty-five partial scholarships are available. Cost to the first 25 4-H’ers to register will be $100. To qualify for the 4-H partial scholarship, you must be an active 4-H youth. (example: if you are an active 4-H youth, your cost to attend would be $100; if you are NOT an active 4-H youth, your cost is the full $200)

Pre registration deadline for a 4-H scholarship is June 1. A check made payable to WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY must accompany registration. 4-H members who register after June 1 pay the full amount.

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 Alan Miller, Conservation Camp secretary, 4290 Greenawalt Gap Rd, Upper Tract, WV 26866 (phone: 304-358-3298), for contact information on sponsoring organizations.

Individuals, including parents, may sponsor a camper by paying the $200 registration fee.

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

Registration for the 2019 WV State Conservation Camp is still mostly handled offline as there are several manual activities we do behind the scenes to match campers and scholarships. However, our online form will be used to make things easier for campers and everyone else involved.

Registration is currently closed.

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, 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