Youth Conservation Camp (YCC)
The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors a week long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students (currently enrolled in grades 9-12) on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
The program brings together interested students from around the state 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.
The Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District will help to sponsor two students who would like to attend the camp.
To fill out an application for the 2018 Youth Conservation Camp, please download a PDF version of the application from the link below. This year’s camp will be held Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 18, 2020. Youth Conservation Camp has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To provide high school students interested in natural resources and conservation a fun and exciting week-long educational opportunity to attend a camp held at Virginia Tech.
- To give financial support to students showing a strong desire to attend camp.
- Applications are due to Headwaters SWCD by April 24, 2020.
Youth Conservation Leadership Institute
What is Youth Conservation Leadership Institute and how does it work?
Youth Conservation Leadership Institute(YCLI) is a recognition program for High School students that focuses on volunteer service and environmental stewardship. YCLI began as an expansion of Youth Conservation Camp in an effort to keep students engaged in the environmental topics introduced at camp. YCLI offers high school students interested in environmental conservation and stewardship an opportunity to build leadership skills and connect with local mentors involved with environmental issues. YCLI is a unique opportunity for high school students to receive experience and engage in networking opportunities to prepare them for future education and career paths.
Students choose projects that they are interested in to carryout in their community.
As a participant in the Youth Conservation Leadership Institute, students will be required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service with a focus in the natural resources conservation field. Students are encouraged to focus work with the local Soil & Water Conservation District but any work that contributes to pollution prevention, natural resources conservation, and promotion of environmental literacy will be accepted. All projects must have a confirmed mentor which may be a local SWCD, government agency, community leader, or similar local organization.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
YCLI is open to any Virginia high school (9th-12th grade )student committed to the entirety of the program including:
- Completion of at least 20 community service hours to be approved by the VASWCD staff.
- Submission of one interim and final report/presentation on the community work completed.
- Attendance at the final recognition program to be held in Spring of 2019.
- Read an assigned book on environmental leadership for a group discussion
The 2018-2019 YCLI can be found here http://vaswcd.org/ycli and applications are due to Bonnie Mahl by Aug 31st, 2018. Please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions,