Who attends the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp?
The Massachusetts Sportsmen’s Junior Conservation Camp program is open to boys and girls aged 13 to 17. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers may be sponsored by an organization, or may apply on their own. We reserve the right to limit the number of campers of a particular sex in order to create balanced separate sleeping accommodations. If a camper is attending with another camper they know, they may be able to bunk together. Please write the camper who they would like to bunk with in the margins of the application form.
Campers need to be prepared to function in an environment which requires good behavior, teamwork and attentiveness. Much of the Camp is spent in an educational environment and students are expected to be attentive, courteous and non-disruptive.
A large portion of the instruction is “hands-on,” and all students will participate in 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 and interacting with wildlife.
The happiest campers are those who are interested in the outdoors and in wildlife management programs before attending the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp. Youths who are sent to us without these considerations in mind may not adapt well to being away from home and may cause discipline problems. Teenagers who are sent because a relative is an avid outdoorsman will dislike the Camp curriculum unless they personally have an interest in the outdoors. These youths will often end up being sent home. If you are unsure of your child’s interest in the camp, we suggest you let him or her browse the pictures of our camp program.
The vast majority of our campers, however, enjoy the Camp program and would recommend it to their friends.
Clubs or groups can click here to find forms that allow them to reserve a spot. We advise that you select an alternate camper in the event that the first choice student cannot attend.
If you would like your child to attend the Camp, but need financial assistance, please complete both the Camper Application and the Camper Request for Scholarship and send them in as soon as possible. The parent should attach to it a note that explains briefly why assistance is needed. We will do our best to match your child up with groups that have reserved a spot, but do not have a camper.
Camp location and facilities
The Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp has been hosted at campsites all across the Commonwealth. From Cape Cod to the Berkshires, the MJCC has utilized many of the Commonwealth’s abundant natural resources.
This year, the MJCC will host the camp at the Moses Scout Reservation located at 310 Birch Hill Road in Russell Massachusetts.
An overnight adventure
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.
You Can Make A Difference!
Please consider making a donation to our program. Your check or money order should be made out to MJCC and send to the address below. ALL DONATIONS are fully tax deductible as we are a non-profit tax exempt corporation under the IRS code 501 (c) 3. We will send you a tax letter for your donation!