Applications are being accepted for state camp

RIPLEY – Applications are being accepted for the 33rd annual state Junior Conservation Camp, scheduled June 17-21 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Youth Environmental Program, the camp is open to youth, ages 11-14. The cost is $165 per child and the deadline for paying the application fee is May 1.

Junior Conservation Camp offers a variety of classes that focus on an environmental education and other topics, such as first aid and hunter safety. Approximately 200 campers will learn how to conserve West Virginia’s natural resources by attending classes on subjects such as wildlife, recycling, geocaching/orienteering, water study, forestry and fishing. Sports activities will include swimming, basketball, kickball, volleyball, Wiffle Ball and relay races.

Camp counselors and leaders will include employees from the DEP, DNR, Division of Forestry and the West Virginia University Extension Service. For more information and application forms, contact Diana Haid at 304-926-0499, Ext. 1114 or email .

For youth ages 14-18, the state Conservation Camp at Camp Caesar in Webster County is scheduled for June 10-15. The camp is sponsored by the West Virginia Conservation Agency. For more information, go to