Camp is open only to those Kentucky students who are in grades 4 - 6. Applications are distributed by Conservation Educators during their school programs in January and February. Students at schools not enrolled in our program may register here.
All three KDFWR Conservation Camps are COEDUCATIONAL. Boys and girls from the same county will attend camp during the same week. In the past certain counties or schools have been changed to different weeks to accommodate as many campers as possible. If this occurs, you will be notified of the change as soon as possible. If a conflict arises because of the change, you will have an opportunity to request a full refund.
Each camp operates nine weeks every summer (June through August) with a capacity of 200 campers per week per camp. Camp is open to all Kentucky students who are in grades 4-6 and NOT older than 13 years. Applications are distributed during Conservation Education classes in February and are also available online.
Campers are transported to camp by bus on Monday morning and return home on Friday afternoon. Campers are picked up Monday and dropped off Friday at a predetermined location in their home or adjacent county. Transportation is arranged by KDFWR personnel through local school districts or by charter bus service. The camp fee includes transportation costs.
Campers arrive at camp Monday morning and return home on Friday afternoon. Scheduled activities include: NATURE, ARCHERY, BOATING, OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, FIREARM SAFETY, FISHING/CASTING AND SWIMMING. Successful completion of a camp activity entitles the camper to an achievement patch, certificate or award. Additionally, campers may earn Kentucky’s Hunter Education Certificate. This ‘orange card’ is honored in all states that require a hunter education card. Each evening, campers will also have time to enjoy their favorite playground activities such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, ping-pong, etc.
Camp Staff and Facilities
Each conservation camp has eight air conditioned cabins which house 25-30 campers. In addition, there are staff quarters, bathhouses, a kitchen and dining room, camp director’s office, sick bay/first aid station, snack shop, shelters, playground, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, outdoor assembly area, nature building, nature field trail, rifle range, trap range, hunter safety field course, archery range, archery field course, lake swim crib, boat dock, storage and maintenance buildings.
Permanent staff consists of camp director, five conservation educators, camp superintendent, and maintenance staff. Summer staff includes counselors, summer educators, and cooks. All summer staff college aged students that are screened, hired and trained to chaperon the campers and assist the program leaders with camper safety, instruction and supervision.