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
Beginning January 1, 2018, camp registration must be completed online using a credit card payment. We no longer accept personal checks or money orders.
If you do not have internet access, contact your child’s school or family resource center or visit your county’s public library for free internet access. If you do not have a credit card, consider purchasing a prepaid debit card to purchase your child’s camp registration.
Camp registration is $225 if you register by April 1st. On April 2nd, the cost of registration increases to $235.
Be sure to register for camp as early as possible. Registration fees will be accepted through April 15, but spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. It is possible that certain weeks will be full well before the registration deadline. If the week you desire is full, be sure to contact your child’s Conservation Educator for other options.
Each registration fee includes: lodging, meals, camper insurance*, transportation to and from camp, and 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.
Partial refunds up to $100 are given for medical reasons only after April 15. 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
Camp Transportation Departure and Return Locations
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.
What Parent’s Say About Summer Camp
As I find myself signing my son Charlie up for another year at Camp Wallace, I wanted to take a moment and express to you and your staff how much this camp means to me. Last year was Charlie's first experience at camp and away from home. As a mother, I was of course concerned for his physical safety but also how he would handle being on his own. Would the way I've tried to raise him benifit him now and would the staff be able to help him if he needed encouragement to be on his own? My greatest hope as a parent is that my children are happy, self confident, and independent when away from me. I was so excited to see,when he came home, that both he and the staff exceeded my expectations.
Charlie has always been a very quiet, reserved child. Camp Wallace brought him out of his shell and helped him feel more confident and self reliant. It allowed him to satisfy a child's basic need for connectedness and acceptance while challenging him learn the importance of teamwork and community. It challanged him to learn new things and understand that when he didn't succeed to not give up. Through the staffs encouragement he was already making plans to try again this year. He had to problem solve, make social adjustments, learn responsibility and gain new skills which helped increase his self esteem.
I don't have the resources or the knowledge to expose him to some aspects of the outdoors. He loved the boating, gun safety and so many other activities you offer.
Camp Wallace is a safe place for him to learn, grow and continue on his way to a healthy productive life. For me as a parent that is invaluable. Thank you so much for everything you offer my son. His younger brother can't wait until he is old enough to go!