Youth Conservation Camp

Submit applications to your local SWCD or email maura.christian@vaswcd.org with questions


For over 40 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week-long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students (currently enrolled in grades 9th-12th) on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together about 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia’s natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors.

Scholarship funding to cover the registration fee may be available from your local Soil & Water Conservation District. Find your Local Soil & Water Conservation District here.

Youth Conservation Camp is open to all Virginia students enrolled in High School for the current year. 


Applications are NOW OPEN for the 45th annual YCC, taking place Sunday, July 9-Saturday, July 15! Contact your Local SWCD for the application and application deadline. Please complete and return the application to your local Soil & Water Conservation District.

Take a look at our 2022 Annual Report to get a glimpse into what a fun-filled week at YCC looks like!

Younger students (13-16 year olds) check out the VA Dept. of Forestry  Camp Woods & Wildlife June 19-23, 2023 at Holiday Lake 4-H Center near Appomattox, Virginia. Applications Due April 15th.

Photos from 2022 Youth Conservation Camp:

Reach out to maura.christian@vaswcd.org with any questions