Before applying please read the following important information before proceeding to the online application process.

Camp Cost

The cost is $250 per child for a Basic or Advance session. The online application process accepts Visa & MasterCard credit cards and checks. If you pay by check we will not process your application until the check is received. Checks should be made payable to GMCC and mailed to the GMCC address listed below.

Refunds

No refunds are made unless written notice of cancellation is received at least two weeks prior to the start of the session.  An e-mail to FWgmcc@vermont.gov constitutes written notification. Refunds are not issued until the end of the camp season.

Sponsorships

If your child is sponsored by an organization you are required to contact your sponsor first before completing your online application. Please request either a written note or e-mail from your sponsor confirming the amount they are willing to pay for your child's camp tuition. 

IMPORTANT - Campers sponsored by an organization and not attending the session they are registered for, will be billed for the sponsorship amount unless written notice of cancellation is received at least two weeks prior to the start of the session. An e-mail to FWgmcc@vermont.gov constitutes written notification.

Sponsored campers should check the appropriate "Sponsored" box in the payment section of the application and include all requested sponsor contact information. No payment is required as the Department will bill sponsors directly at the end of the camp season.

GMCC Scholarships

GMCC offers a limited number of scholarships. Click here for more information about GMCC scholarships.

You can apply for a GMCC scholarship as part of the online application. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-served basis and are based on economic need.  To apply online:

  • Gather your monthly income (both taxable and non-taxable for anyone in the household) before starting the application.
  • For sponsorship information indicate:
    • GMCC Scholarship as the organization
    • Jan Finn as the contact person
    • For address and phone number use:
      1 National Life Dr., Davis 2, Montpelier, VT 05620 / (802)-828-1460

This will automatically bring up the necessary required forms for the scholarship.

IMPORTANT - Campers receiving a scholarship and not attending the session they are registered for, will be billed for the scholarship amount unless written notice of cancellation is received at least two weeks prior to the start of the session. An e-mail to FWgmcc@vermont.gov constitutes written notification.

Camp Sessions

  • Basic sessions are offered for youth ages 12 -14. A camper must have reached their 12th birthday before or during their week of camp. No exceptions are made for age.
    • Hunter Education - Basic session campers will participate in Vermont's Hunter & Bow Hunter combination course. Hunter and Bow Hunter Education are important segments of the basic session week, and safety is the main emphasis. All firearm use is under close supervision. Campers will receive their State Hunter Education and Bow Hunter Certifications with successful completion of this course.

      Even if your child has already successfully completed and passed a Hunter Safety course they are required to do the pre-camp reading and participate in this curriculum again at the basic level session.

      Campers are expected to do the pre-camp reading online for the Basic Session Combined Hunter/Bow Hunter Education course.

  • Advanced sessions are offered for youth ages 12 -16 whom have graduated from a Basic session, and have passed the Basic session's hunter education course. No exceptions are made for age.

    Advanced session students must choose either:
    • Trapper Education Certification – manuals and workbooks will arrive with welcome information and must be brought to the advanced camp session.

    • Blinds, Boats, Buddies: Waterfowl Identification and Hunting

    (Campers are not allowed to take both courses in the same session.)

    This week emphasizes more hands-on experiences in wildlife ecology, fishing, hunting, shooting, outdoor recreation, and provides more in-depth education on natural resources management. Sessions fill very quickly. We encourage early registration.

Deadlines

There is no deadline to apply. However, it is strongly recommended that first-time campers for Basic sessions, or Advanced session campers wishing priority, apply before April 1st.

All applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis, and because sessions fill quickly, applicants who submit after April 1st may not be able to get their first choice session.

Repeat Campers

Campers who have attended before and are planning to attend again at the same program level are considered a "repeat camper." Repeat campers will not be notified of their registration status until after April 1st.  Advanced sessions are limited and fill quickly, so early registration is recommended.

Waiting List & Second Choice

If space is not available for the first choice week at the camp the youth wishes to attend, he or she will be placed in their second or third choice sessions, or they will be placed on a waiting list. If a camper is placed on the waiting list, the family will be notified by mail or phone if space becomes available. Campers may only be on one waiting list.

Credit cards will be charged even if the child is placed on a waiting list. If you do not wish to keep your child in his or her second/third choice or on the waiting list, please contact us and we will refund the application fee immediately. Otherwise tuition for waiting listed campers will be refunded at the end of the camp season for those who were unable to attend.

Bunking Requests

Children wishing to bunk together should check in early and arrive together at camp if at all possible. Cabins fill as children arrive so that children's swimming abilities can be assessed. 

Medical Certificate & Insurance Card

The medical certificate will be included in the welcome materials. Parents must complete the first page of the medical certificate and the child's physician must complete and sign page two.

IMPORTANT - Both pages of the Medical Certificate and a photocopy of the child's medical insurance card must be brought to camp check-in time. These forms are necessary for your child to attend camp.

Special Concerns

GMCC is available to any child between the ages of 12 and 14 (12 and 16 for Advanced sessions) regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, religion or other non-merit factors. 

We are happy to accommodate any special needs of campers to the best of our ability. On the application there is a section for you to describe any special needs. The camp medical staff keeps all medications secure and administers them as required per direction of the parents and/or doctor.

It is essential for us to know about your child's physical, emotional, psychological, or behavioral issues so that we can make his or her camping session a wonderful learning and fun experience. Please don't be hesitant to share these issues on the registration form (all registration materials are confidential) or speak directly to the Camp Director or Assistant Director upon arrival at camp.

Absences

All efforts should be made to choose a week that your camper can attend in its entirety. Absences for any reason (little league, softball, and other sports or activities, etc.) may result in an inability to certify campers for the Hunter Education component of camp. Such absences should be arranged in advance with the GMCC office in Montpelier and the Camp Director.

Our Camp Directors & Natural Resource Instructors

Much of our staff have been with the camp program for many years, and many are former campers themselves. Staff are selected for their ability to work with youth and their expertise in one or more areas of conservation. All instructors must undergo an intensive orientation program and background check. Vermont State Game Wardens and Certified Hunter Education Instructors supervise all of the firearm related activities.

Thank you very much for your interest in GMCC, and we look forward to having your child as a camper!

Need more information? Contact us

FWgmcc@vermont.gov
Phone:  (802)-828-1460     Fax:  (802)-828-1250
VT Fish & Wildlife
Attn: GMCC
1 National Life Dr.,  Davis 2
Montpelier  VT  05620

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