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MONTPELIER — Vermonters 12 to 14 years old and wanting to learn about Vermont’s wildlife and gain outdoor skills should consider attending one of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Green Mountain Conservation Camps this summer. Those who are GMCC alum, 16 or younger, should consider coming back for another summer.

The one-week camp programs are held at Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Campers participate in hands-on learning about fish and wildlife conservation, ecology, forestry, orienteering, safe firearm and archery techniques, swimming, canoeing, fishing and more. Natural resource professionals come to the camp to share information on their programs and take campers out for field activities.

“Whether kids come alone or with friends, they are guaranteed to meet new people and form new bonds while experiencing Vermont’s natural resources to the fullest,” said Fish and Wildlife Education Specialist Hannah Phelps. “An important take-away message and common theme during the week is that conserving and managing habitat will help ensure Vermont will have fish and wildlife in the future.”

“We would love to have all of the advanced sessions filled for campers who have already attended a basic session,” added Phelps. “Advanced sessions are for campers who have completed a basic session in a previous summer and who are 16 years old or younger. Advanced sessions include more in-depth activities about backpacking, camping, natural resources, and unique hunting and fishing techniques.”

Conservation Camps open Jun. 18 and continue until Aug. 18. Tuition is $250 for the week and includes food, lodging and equipment; financial assistance is available.