Junior Conservation Camp
Frequently Asked Questions for the Campers......
WHO GOES TO THE CAMP?
The Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp is a two week overnight summer camp for girls and boys 13 -17 years of age, offering a program of conservation education and instruction in outdoor recreational skills.
WHAT ARE THE 2016 DATES?
July 31, 2016 - August 12, 2016. You must attend the entire session, so donít sign up for our Camp if your school or athletic camp will interfere with this schedule.
HOW IS THIS CAMP PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CAMPS?
Our camp program is unique in that it is focused on conservation education. While we do have some activities similar to other summer camps, such as archery and riflery, the MJCC combines these activities with wildlife programs and the state Hunter Education program. In other words, we strive to give you a complete picture of wildlife management.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE CURRICULUM.
The program brings campers like you in contact with experts on many aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation. Conservation subjects taught include Fish & Pond Life, Forestry, Soil Conservation, and Wildlife Management. Outdoor skills taught include Archery, Basic Camping, Fly & Spin Casting, Black powder, Sporting Clays, Orienteering, 3 Position Riflery, First Aid and Wilderness Survival. Additional MJCC curriculum involves the Massachusetts Hunter Education Program and State Small Boat Safety.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE CAMP COUNSELORS AND TEACHERS.
Much of our staff have been with the Camp for many years, and a growing number are former campers themselves. Staff are selected for their ability to work with youth and or their expertise in one or more areas of conservation.
HOW CAN I TELL IF THE CAMP WILL BE A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
You would be a good fit for the program if you are interested in the outdoors and in wildlife management programs. You would need to be prepared to be in an environment which, like school, requires good behavior, teamwork and attentiveness. We expect our campers to pay attention, to be courteous and be respectful.
A large portion of the instruction is "hands-on," and you would have instruction that includes firearms of several types, bows, arrows, fishing and camping equipment and wildlife interaction. Students are expected to understand the seriousness of handling such equipment.
You should be comfortable in a well-structured environment; this is not a Camp where you will sit idle for long periods of time. Campers participate in all courses presented, however we do provide for relaxation and recreation (such as swimming, fishing, boating, softball and volleyball). In addition, opportunities exist for extra time on the rifle and archery ranges.
All Campers can choose from optional program (workshops). Optional programs in the past have included Hiking, Bow hunter Education, and Field to Table, a course focused on teaching students safe ways to clean and serve fish or game. Here is a link to a sample schedule to give you a good idea of how the Camp works.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE FOOD?
Our Camp Cook is a full time chef at a local state college, and understands what teenagers like to eat! Meals are served cafeteria style; with a choice of main dishes. Salads are available at lunch and dinner almost every night. Plus, we do offer trips to the canteen most evenings for candy, snacks and soda.
TELL ME ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATIONS.
Students stay onsite in large tents housing two people. Bunk requests are allowed, but we will need to know at the time of application. Please make a note on the application if you would like to bunk with another camper confirmed to attend.
Campers are provided beds, but we suggest they also bring a sleeping bag for added comfort. Students will receive a list of suggested items to bring in early summer.
WHY DOES THE CAMP NOT ALLOW CELL PHONES?
There are many reasons why we do not recommend cell phones. Constant contact with home makes homesickness worse for some campers. Most importantly, you need to be paying attention to class instead of Texting your friends.
WHAT IF I WANT TO ROOM WITH A FRIEND WHO HAS APPLIED TO THE CAMP?
When your parents fill out the application attach a note that tells us who you want to room with, or write it in the margin of the application.
WILL I BE WITH KIDS MY OWN AGE?
Yes! We divide campers into six curriculum groups, by age, based on the birth date shown on the application. Girls and boys are in separate curriculum groups.
IíVE NEVER BEEN AWAY FROM HOME FOR TWELVE DAYS BEFORE Ė WHAT IF GET HOMESICK?
Our counselors and teachers understand how difficult it can be to concentrate if all you can think about is how much you miss home! It is really important for you to tell your group counselor, or a teacher if you are uncomfortable being away from home. You may find that one of your teachers is your favorite and you can talk freely to him or her about your feelings.
WHAT IF I DONíT KNOW ANYBODY GOING TO CAMP?
Be prepared to meet some new friends. More than 90% of our campers do not know any of the other campers before they arrive.
DO I NEED TO HAVE A SPONSOR TO ATTEND THE CAMP?
No. It doesnít matter to us who pays for you to attend. A little more than half of our campers have had their tuition paid by a sportsmanís club or other organization. However, the number of parents paying directly for their kids to attend has been gradually increasing.