General Camp Information

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Camp History

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has been involved in conservation education camping since 1946.  Camp John Currie, located on Kentucky Lake outside of Benton, Kentucky opened in 1949.  Camp Earl Wallace, located on Lake Cumberland outside of Monticello, Kentucky opened in 1951.  Camp Robert C. Webb, located on Grayson Lake outside of Grayson, Kentucky opened in 1969. An average of 4,500 Kentucky students attend our three camps each year.

How to Apply

On-line registration is preferred to secure your child’s spot at camp. On-line registration is accepted from December through the end of May each year.  Mail-in applications are also available for each camp. During the summer, mail-in applications are available if vacancies exist.  Following are applications that can be downloaded, printed out and mailed in to us.  The address to mail in the application depends on what county the registrant resides in.  Please call 800-858-1549 to find out the address to mail the application to.  Mail-in application for Camp Currie; mail-in application for Camp Wallace; and mail-in application for Camp Webb

Each $230 registration fee includes: lodging, meals, camper insurance*, transportation to and from camp, as well as a Junior Sportsman’s License.

* Restrictions may apply to camp insurance. Camp insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions. If medical need arises, camper's health insurance may be billed first.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted through April 15th unless otherwise instructed by your Conservation Educator.

NOTE: Because of state policy related to money management, employees are required to deposit all monies as soon as possible after receipt. Therefore, a cancelled check is not an indication that your child has been accepted to camp. Except for the reasons set forth in this application, if a child's application is not accepted, refunds will be issued.

REFUND POLICY

Partial refunds up to $100 are given for medical reasons only after April 15th. Camper illness must be verified by a statement from the child's physician. All refund requests must be in writing, include appropriate medical documentation, and should be directed to:

  • For Camp Currie: Bill Fannin, 141 Cinderella Drive, Owensboro, KY 42303
  • For Camp Wallace: John Coffey, P. O. Box 609, Richmond, KY 40476
  • For Camp Webb: Jack Lee, 101 Adams Ridge Road, Hazard, KY 41701

Eligibility

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.

Summer Sessions

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.

Camp Activities

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.