Frequently Asked Questions Summer Conservation Camp

Can my son/daughter stay in same cabin with their friends?

Yes! Cabin assignments happen shortly after arriving at camp. Encourage your child to listen carefully to instructions and to group up with the other children they would like to bunk with. We make every effort to keep friends in the same cabin.

How will my child get to camp, do I have to take them?

Campers are transported by school bus and there will be a pre-determined pick-up point in your county. You will be notified in writing regarding transportation arrangements at a later date, usually around the end of May.

How do you screen the counselors?

All summer staff is hired for the entire season, and we do not utilize volunteer help. We do the best we can to make sure we hire quality college counselors and teaching staff. Each summer staff member is background checked by the Kentucky State Police and Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and personally interviewed by the camp director. All summer staff spend two weeks in training prior to the arrival of campers. Many of our camp staff are referred to us by KDFWR employees, or by returning counselors.

My child is on medication - do you make sure they take their medicine?

It is the responsibility of the camper to make sure he/she takes their prescribed medication. Camp staff will remind the campers four (4) times a day to take their medication. You should discuss this process with your child before applying for camp. If the parent feels the camper is not responsible enough to take his/her own medication, then camp may not be for them. All medication is kept in the sick bay area of the camp office, and is distributed to the camper under the direction of camp medical staff.

What if my child becomes sick or is hurt while at camp?

We have trained medical personnel on duty at all times at camp. If the injury or sickness requires professional attention, we will make every effort to contact a parent before we take your child to the Hospital or Doctor. We purchase camper insurance for all children that attend our camps. Your child is insured from the time they get on the school bus to leave for camp until they get off the bus upon returning on Friday. This insurance cost is included in the camp fee. It does not cover pre-existing conditions.

The application says the campers can not call home - what if my child is homesick?

Homesickness is probably the most difficult thing to deal with at summer camp. We do our very best to talk the camper into staying, at least the first night. We have found that if they stay the first night, they will usually get over their homesickness and have a great time. If a camper is inconsolable, or still homesick the next day, one of our educators will contact the parent. We do not keep the camper against his/her will.

Do I need to send the check in with the application, or can I send it later?

A check for the full amount needs to be sent with the application. No exceptions.

Do you offer scholarships?

If a child wants to go to camp but can’t afford it, scholarships are available on a limited basis. Check with your local Conservation Educator.

Will you mail me an application?

Applications are available for download HERE or by calling 1-800-858-1549. Save time and save $10...apply ONLINE! Online registration is the fastest way to lock in your child’s spot at camp.  Total cost for online registration is $225.

How will I know if my child is accepted?

You will receive transportation arrangements and "what to bring" information by the end of May. You can also confirm by calling the Conservation Educator in your county, or by calling 1-800-858-1549.

What kind of staff to camper ratio do you have?

Camp staff consists of 6 Conservation Educators, 3 Certified Teachers, 21 college counselors, 3 cooks, and full-time maintenance personnel. The staff to camper ratio is one staff for each 6-8 campers.

How many kids to you have at one time? How many kids in one cabin?

Each camp has a capacity of 200 campers per week. Each cabin houses 25-30 campers. We have a total of 9 weeks of camp at each camp. Approximately 4,500 campers per summer - total all three camps.

Are the campers supervised 24 hours a day?

We do our best to make sure the campers are under constant supervision. There are times when that is not always possible. For example, if the counselor in the cabin goes to the bathroom, the cabin will be unsupervised for a few minutes; while the campers are walking to and from their cabin for an activity (such as swimming), they will not be under direct supervision. For the most part, however, campers are supervised 99% of the time.

If you have other specific questions, please contact our Information Center at 1-800-858-1549.