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General Camp Information

CONSERVATION CAMP CANCELED for August 2-6

Out of concern for the safety of our campers, as well as that of all campers’ families and our staff, we have made the difficult decision to close all conservation camps next week. With the number of COVID-19 cases quickly rising, we carefully obtained guidance from public health officials, input from on-site summer camp staff and program experts, and our many years of experience in operating conservation camps to take this step.

Please know that you will receive a full refund of registration fees paid for the canceled week of camp, which will be credited automatically to your credit card.

The hardest part of this decision was knowing the news will come as a disappointment to you and your child. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause you and your families, but given the circumstances we are certain it is the safest and most prudent choice for the children and all others involved.

 
 
 

Eligibility

Camp is open only to those Kentucky students who are in grades 4 - 6 (as of April 1st) and not older than 13. For 2021, a 7th grade camp date is available - more information below.

All three KDFWR Conservation Camps are co-educational. Boys and girls from the same county will attend camp during the same week. Cabins and counselors are assigned by sex.

7th Grade Conservation Camp Week

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 camp season, this year we're offering a 7th grade only conservation camp week. Camp Robert Webb will host the 7th grade week July 26-30, 2021. The camper must be in 7th grade as of April 1st, 2021. Transportation will be regionally provided at designated pickup locations in Warren, Jefferson, Fayette and Kenton Counties.

Registration

Camp registration is $225 and must be completed online using a credit card payment. We do not accept personal checks or money orders.

If you do not have a credit card, consider purchasing a prepaid debit card to purchase your child’s camp registration.

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 will be billed first.

Refund Policy

Due to COVID-19, the refund policy has been amended for the 2021 camp season. Campers will be issued a full refund if they are unable to attend conservation camp.

Summer Sessions

Each camp operates nine weeks every summer (June through August). During the 2021 camp season the camp capacity will be reduced by 50% to ensure proper social distancing can be maintained.

Campers are transported to camp by bus on Monday morning and return home on Friday. Campers are picked up and dropped off at a predetermined location in their home or adjacent county. Transportation is arranged by KDFWR personnel through local school districts or by a charter bus service. The camp fee includes transportation costs.

Camp Activities

Campers arrive at camp Monday morning and return home on Friday. Scheduled activities include:

  • Archery
  • Boating
  • Firearm Safety
  • Fishing/Casting

  • Nature
  • Outdoor Survival
  • Swimming

Successful completion of a camp activity entitles the camper to an achievement patch. Additionally, campers may earn Kentucky’s Hunter Education Certificate, also known as an ‘orange card’. 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, and kickball.

Camp Staff and Facilities

Each conservation camp has eight air conditioned cabins under supervision of a counselor. In addition, there are staff quarters, bathhouses, a kitchen and dining room, camp director’s office, sick bay/first aid station, canteen, nature building, and shelters. We also have a playground with sports equipment, outdoor assembly area, nature trail, rifle range, shotgun range, hunter safety field course, archery range, archery field course, lake swim dock, swimming pool, boat dock, storage and maintenance buildings.

Permanent staff consists of a camp director, conservation educators, camp superintendent, and maintenance staff. Summer staff includes counselors, summer educators, and cooks. All summer staff are screened before hiring. Counselors are trained to chaperon the campers and assist the conservation educators with camper safety, instruction, and supervision.​

Camp History

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has been involved in conservation education camping since 1946. An average of 4,500 Kentucky students attend our three camps each year.

  • 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.

What Parents 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 benefit 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 challenged 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!”

 Sarah Newton