A Week That Lasts a
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Resources (KDFWR) operates three conservation camps in the Commonwealth: Camp John Currie
on Kentucky Lake, Camp Earl Wallace on Lake Cumberland and Camp Robert C. Webb on Grayson
Lake. View map and directions. Each camp operates ten 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. Preference is given to 5th and 6th grade students who attend
conservation education classes. Applications are distributed during Conservation Education
classes in February.
Campers are transported to camp by bus on Monday morning
and return home on Friday afternoon. Transportation is arranged by KDFWR personnel through
local school districts or by charter bus service. The camp fee includes
transportation costs. Campers are picked up Monday and dropped off Friday at a
Each of the three KDFWR camps has eight cabins which house
25-30 campers (bunk beds). Every effort is made to assign friends and classmates to
the same cabin.
Each camp staff consists of six Conservation Education
Program Leaders (CEPL's), including Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director, Hunter
Education Trainer, Waterfront Supervisor, Camp Superintendent, and maintenance
personnel. These are full-time KDFWR employees. Each camp has two certified
teachers as interim employees who assist with the supervision of counselors and
campers. Twenty-two college-age counselors are screened, hired and trained to
chaperon the campers and to assist the program leaders with camper safety, instruction and
supervision. These counselors stay in the cabins with the campers.
Scheduled hands-on activities include: Wildlife
Identification, Archery, Boating and Canoeing, Outdoor Survival, Firearm Safety (rifle and
shotgun shooting), Fishing and Casting, and Swimming (Red Cross approved). Successful
completion of a camp activity entitles the camper to an achievement patch. Campers may
also earn the nationally recognized Kentucky Hunter Education Certificate. In all activities, campers are given basic, but
complete, instruction in the safe pursuit of outdoor activities and skills related to our
What to Bring:
Toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, towel, changes of
clothing, socks, swimsuit, sheet and blanket or sleeping bag, pillow, sunscreen, light
jacket or long-sleeved shirt. The camp canteen is open at specified times after
meals where campers may purchase snacks, souvenirs and postcards. We suggest campers
bring $10-15 in spending money for the canteen.
Away from Home:
Homesickness is a very real and natural emotion that
can occur when anyone leaves familiar surroundings. The key to dealing with
homesickness is to try and prevent it by preparing your child for the stay. Here are
some suggestions from the American Camping Association:
- Arrange for a first-time camper to attend with a friend
- Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves
- Don't tell children up front that you will rescue them if
they don't like camp right away.
- Send letters to children before camp begins so messages
from home will be waiting.
Most campers overcome homesickness and adjust to camp
within a day or two. Our policy is to try to convince the homesick camper to giving
camp at least one night's try. If the camper insists on calling home the first day,
he/she may do so.
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.
For more information call 1-800-858-1549.