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Green Mountain Conservation Camps

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The Vemont Fish and Wildlife Department is now accepting applications for the Green Mountain Conservation Camps.

ATTENTION: The week of July 6th at Lake Bomoseen is now a Boys Regular Session and is open for public applications.

Camp tuition is $250.00 per child for an advanced or basic session.

2014 GMCC Online Application»

2014 GMCC Paper Application»

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Questions Regarding Camp Availability and Registration - Please Call Jan Finn (802)-828-1460

Application should be mailed to:

     GMCC
     VT Fish & Wildlife
     1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
     Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Camp Physical Addresses: Program your GPS for when you take you child to Camp

Buck Lake GMCCKehoe GMCC
1051 Buck Lake Rd.     636 Point of Pines Road
Woodbury VT 05681Castleton VT 05735

Camp Phone Numbers if you need to Contact Your Child during His/Her Week At Camp: (You may need to leave a message as Camp staff is often out in the field with the children)
Buck Lake:  (802) 472-5066Kehoe:  (802) 265-4577


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. Campers must first attend a basic week session (open to youth ages 12-14) before they can attend an advanced week session (open to youth ages 12-16). Campers cannot attend both a basic week session and an advanced week session in the same summer.

Lake Scene

fly casting What will we learn there?
We focus on teaching outdoor safety skills and natural resource conservation with topics including:
  • Vermont's fish and wildlife
  • Forests and forestry
  • Wetland ecology
  • First aid and outdoor safety
  • Fly-fishing and spincasting
  • Fly-tying
  • Archery
  • Hiking and camping
  • Canoeing
  • 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.
Girls canoeing

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:

Application should be mailed to:
GMCC
VT Fish & Wildlife
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Helpful Information for Parents

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 Montpelier Office at (802)-828-1460 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)-828-1460 or E-mail us at: FWGMCC@state.vt.us

Download Scholarship Form »
Download Sponsor List »
Download Medical Certificate »


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:

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 lauren.traister@uvm.edu.

All calls concerning GMCC should be directed to Jan Finn at (802)-828-1640.


Temporary Seasonal Positions with VT Fish and Wildlife Department
Green Mountain Conservation Camps

The Green Mountain Conservation Camp program is currently seeking a seasonal (January – October) Camp Coordinator. The seasonal Camp Coordinator is responsible for the oversight of 18 other seasonal camp-based employees.

The Camp Coordinator:

  • helps hire and prepare summer conservation camp staff
  • updates camp curriculum
  • orders materials to ensure that the program is equipped properly to educate and train approximately 1,000 youth who plan to attend in the summer
  • evaluates classes, the grounds, and general camp operations and observes possible areas of improvement

Position Descriptions and State Application Form:

Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action

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Contact Information

Green Mountain Conservation Camps
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
Phone: 802-828-1460
Fax: 802-828-1250
Email: FWGMCC@state.vt.us

Green Mountain Conservation Camp News

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