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Applications set for conservation camps

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says it still has a few openings at its Green Mountain Conservation Camps this summer. The camps are a great opportunity for 12 to 14 year olds who want to learn about Vermont’s wildlife and gain outdoor skills.
The one-week camp program is held at two locations — Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Campers participate in hands-on learning about fish and wildlife conservation, ecology, forestry, orienteering, safe firearm and archery techniques, swimming, canoeing, fishing and more. Natural resource professionals come to the camps to share information on their programs and take campers out for field activities.
“Whether kids come alone or with friends, they are guaranteed to meet new people while experiencing Vermont’s natural resources to the fullest,” said Fish & Wildlife Education Coordinator Alison Thomas. “An important take-away message and common theme during the week is that conserving and managing habitat will help ensure Vermont will have fish and wildlife in the future.”
“We would love to have all of the advanced sessions filled for girls who have already attended a basic session,” added Thomas. “Advanced sessions are for campers who have completed a basic session the summer before and who are 16 years old or younger. Advanced sessions include more in-depth activities about backpacking, camping, natural resources, and unique hunting and fishing techniques.”
Conservation Camps open June 17, and continue until August 17. Tuition is $250 for the week, including food, lodging and equipment.
Online applications and information are available at vtfishandwildlife.com. More information about Green Mountain Conservation Camps is available at [email protected] or 802-828-1460.

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