Programs and Activities

This two week overnight one time attendance summer camp for girls and boys 13 -17 years of age offers a program of conservation education and instruction in outdoor recreation skills. It introduces youth to the ethical concepts and knowledge essential to a lifetime of properly enjoying our natural resources and the leisure activities that depend on their careful stewardship.

A young camper shows off the medal he earned at camp
Photo credit: Troy Gipps/MassWildlife

Safety is taught in every class.

Conservation subjects taught include Fish & Pond Life, Forestry, and Wildlife Management.

Outdoor skills taught include Archery, Fly & Spin Casting, Orienteering, Riflery, and Shotgun.  These courses are led by experts in their field. The MJCC curriculum also includes the Massachusetts Hunter Education Program.

Campers must participate in all courses presented, however there is opportunity provided for relaxation and recreation through many traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, and volleyball. In addition, opportunities exist for extra time on the shotgun, rifle and archery ranges.

Photo credit: Troy Gipps/MassWildlife

Optional programs during the weekend change from session to session but in the past have included Scholastic Pistol, Bowhunter Education, GPS, Home Firearms Safety, CPR/First Aid, Trout Fishing, learning about Hunting Blinds and Trees Stands, and Field to Table.

The Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp is a two week experience allowing youth to develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. The curriculum brings campers in contact with experts on many aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation. You can see a sample of our daily schedule here.

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.