MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to join Friends of the Green Mountain Conservation Camp program for fun-filled weekends to get the camps ready for the 2018 season. This year, the GMCC Kehoe “workcation” weekend will be May 12-13 and the GMCC Buck Lake workcation weekend will be May 19-20.
“We look forward to workcation weekend all winter long,” says Alison Thomas, education coordinator. “With the help of local volunteers, we spruce up both camps in readiness for the summer and enjoy being outdoors knowing it’s for a good cause – environmental education for kids.”
Volunteers can participate for as long as they are able to – one hour, one day, or both days. They are welcome to stay overnight in onsite cabins or they can bring their own tents. Lunch and dinner will be provided.
The Buck Lake camp is located in Woodbury and the Kehoe camp is on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton. This is an excellent community service opportunity for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, as well has high school and college clubs.
The conservation camps are looking for help with general repairs, construction, landscaping, painting, plumbing, cooking, firewood, electrical work, and gardening. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, but the camps will have some available.
For more information and to register as a volunteer for one of these weekends, please email Alison.Thomas@vermont.gov or call 802-371-9975.
Vermont’s conservation camp program is unique because it is sponsored and directed by Fish & Wildlife Department professionals – the same people who manage Vermont’s fish and wildlife species. Working biologists, foresters, wardens, and conservation educators teach young people about their role with Vermont’s forests, wetlands, and wildlife through interactive activities.
The Green Mountain Conservation Camp program’s greatest strength is connecting young people to the outdoors. The camp program is sponsored in part through a grant from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program.