Summer Conservation Camp scholarship available to Chester-area student

The Chester Conservation Committee will sponsor one Chester-area student, 12 to 16 years old, to attend the State of Vermont’s Green Mountain Conservation Camp this summer. One-week sessions, with separate camp sessions for boys and girls, run from June to August in two locations: Buck Lake in Woodbury and Kehoe Camp, located on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton. The $200 camp tuition fee will be paid by the CCC.

At camp, students will have the opportunity to meet Vermont State game wardens, foresters, biologists and others who work in the outdoors. The camp offers hands-on learning experiences on fish, wildlife, ecology, botany, forestry, first aid and outdoor-safety topics that connect young people to the outdoors. Additional activities include hiking, canoeing, fishing, archery and orienteering. Interested students and parents can visitΒ  the Vermont Fish & Wildlife websiteΒ  to learn more about the camp application, different sessions and requirements and the Code of Conduct.

Vermont’s conservation camp program is sponsored and directed by Fish & Wildlife Department professionals. Working biologists, foresters, game wardens and conservation educators teach young people about Vermont’s forests, wetlands and wildlife and the need to conserve those natural resources. Students develop valuable life skills and gain environmental knowledge so they can continue to enjoy and respect all aspects of the outdoor world, as well as the state’s traditional rural pursuits.

CCC Scholarship Application Process
By Friday April 6, interested students should email to CCC member Gary King at gking@thesca.org or email or submit hard copy to Green Mountain Union High School teacher Allan Garvin (agarvin@wswsu.org) a one-page letter explaining three points: 1. why you want to attend the camp; 2. what you hope to learn from the experience; and 3. why the conservation of our natural resources is important.

Applicants should also complete the CCC Summer Camp Scholarship Form with Photo/Quote Permission signed by a parent, along with the names and telephone numbers of two references. You can download the form here or obtain one from Allan Garvin at GMUHS and the Whiting Library. Upon receipt of the CCC Scholarship, the winning student will need to complete the Green Mountain Conservation Camp application from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website.

For more information, please contact Gary King at 802-875-5153.

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