Youth Conservation Camp
Students residing within the TJSWCD (Albemarle, Nelson, Louisa, and Fluvanna Counties, and the City of Charlottesville) are eligible to apply through the TJSWCD.
The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annually sponsors a Summer Youth Conservation Camp to give high school students a chance to broaden and exercise their conservation knowledge and interests. Classroom and field activities are taught by some of the most knowledgeable instructors in the country. Students get a taste of college life, learn about career options in the conservation field, and have free time for hiking, swimming, sports, and other on and off campus activities. Highlights for the 2013 program can be found here.
The 2013, the Youth Conservation Camp will be held July 14-20, 2013, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. For full details please go to: VASWCD Youth Conservation Camp Home. The TJSWCD will provide a full scholarship for two students for the tuition (which includes food and lodging). Two additional students will have their applications sent in as alternates and placed on a waiting list in case of vacancies.
Applicants must be in grades 9 through 12 during the 2012-2013 academic year. Twelfth graders who graduate in May, June, July or August 2013 are eligible to attend. Previous campers may not attend. Though the TJSWCD will pay camp expenses, including a mileage reimbursement, students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from Blacksburg. In past years, campers have sometimes made arrangements to share the driving.
Links to the application can be found here. A completed application form for each prospective camper must be received in our office by April 8, 2013. For questions or more information about Youth Conservation Camp, please contact Nicola McGoff.
2013 Camp Schedule
Sunday, July 14 - Tech Campus
Tour VT Campus
Monday, July15 - Claytor Lake State Park
Land Use Planning and Watersheds
Swimming & Cookout
Tuesday, July 16 - VA Tech Campus & Cascades Hike
Hike to the Cascades waterfall
Tour Forest Products Center
Tour Lane Stadium, Turfgrass Management
Wednesday, July 17 - Agriculture Research Farm
Agricultural Best Management Practices
Water Quality Workshop
Tour Dairy Science & Swine Center
Investigate forestry and wildlife issues
Tree Identification Hike
Wildlife Research Techniques
Urban Forestry Demonstrations
Friday, July 19 - Canoeing & Watershed Day on the New River
Scavenger Hunt Using GIS technology
Tour Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Saturday, July 20
Closing Program (Parents are invited)