Youth Conservation Camp (YCC)

Youth Conservation Camp (YCC)

Youth Conservation Camp

Students from YCC 2017

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 8 through Saturday, July 14, 2018.


  • 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 12, 2018.

2018 Camper Application 

2018 Camp Agenda

Camp Highlights 2017



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 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.

Students may submit applications to the VASWCD in July and August. Those accepted into the program will be notified of acceptance by September.  Program participants are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service with a conservation focus.  The hours may be done as part of a single project or a series of projects but all projects must be approved by the VASWCD.  Participants will need to acquire a program sponsor such as a local Soil & Water Conservation District or other similar conservation related organization.   The YCLI sponsor will assist the participant with finding a service project that fits their interest and the needs of the community.  The sponsor will also serve as a mentor for the participant to report to and receive guidance along the way.

There will be conference call in  meeting at the beginning of the program to allow all participants a chance to meet and brainstorm for their projects.

The program will conclude with an awards and recognition ceremony to be held in March.  The recognition program agenda will include time for participants to speak about their work and hear from key speakers in the conservation field.

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.


Who is Eligible to Apply?

In 2017, students attending Youth Conservation Camp will be given priority during the application process, though all interested students are encouraged to connect with the VASWCD and apply. Students with a strong interest in natural resources conservation and related fields are encouraged to apply.  The 2017-2018 YCLI application can be downloaded here. The application period for the 2017-2018 program has closed but please contact if you or your student has interest and would like to discuss.