2018 Bear Seasons: The muzzleloader season for bears opens December 8 in zone 3 only. The modern gun season for bears opens December 15 in zones 1 and 2. Please call 800-858-1549 after 9pm EST each night of the season to determine if the season is open the following day.​ 
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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 to camp by chartered school bus.  Bus pickup locations are located within the county your child attends school or a neighboring county.  In May, the primary guardian on the camper registration application will recieve an email with the transportation information for the camper. In addition, you may look up the transportation information.

What should my child bring to conservation camp?

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Towels
  • Towels
  • Wash Cloth/Loofah
  • Several changes of clothing
  • Socks
  • Swim suits
  • 2 Sheets (twin size)
  • 2 Blankets (or sleeping bag)
  • Pillow
  • Sunscreen
  • Light rain gear (poncho/rain jacket)
  • $10-15 in spending money (small bills or quarters are best)
  • Any prescription or over the counter medicine in its original container with physician name and telephone number on the label. (All medication is stored in the camp office and is dispensed only under the supervision of an adult.)
  • One suitcase or duffle bag only! (Sleeping bag and pillow do not need to fit into the suitcase or bag). Put your name on everything!

DO NOT BRING food or candy from home, phones, or any electronic devices.

DO NOT MAIL: care packages containing food or candy. Due to camper food allergies, we will not distribute food or candy sent from home.

How do you screen the counselors?

All summer staff is hired for the entire season, and we do not utilize volunteer help. We strive to hire quality college-aged counselors and teaching staff. Each staff member has passed a background check issued 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.

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?

Every educator and conselor is CPR and first-aid certified. In addition, many staff members will have advanced training. If the injury or sickness requires professional attention, we will make every effort to contact a parent before we take your child to a 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.

What if my child becomes 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 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.

What kind of staff to camper ratio do you have?

Each camp's staff consists of at least:

  • 6 Conservation Educators
  • 2 Certified Teachers
  • 21 College-aged Counselors

The staff to camper ratio is 1 staff for each 6-8 campers.

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

Each camp hosts approximately 200 campers per week. Camp weeks are co-educational, with nine Monday-Friday camp sessions each summer. Approximately 5,000 campers attend our camps each summer. Camper lodging is in air-conditioned cabins, each with a capacity of 25-30 campers and 1-2 counselors.

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.

If you have other specific questions, please contact your local conservation educator. Find your local educator here.