Youth Conservation Camp

The 2024 Youth Conservation Camp will be held July 14-20, 2024. Apply through your local Soil & Water Conservation District.


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. 


Take a look at our 2023 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 held each June at Holiday Lake 4-H Center near Appomattox, Virginia.

Photos from 2022 Youth Conservation Camp:

Reach out to shannon.mitchum@vaswcd.org with any questions