Holiday Lake Forestry Camp
The Virginia Department of Forestry, in cooperation with natural resource conservation agencies and organizations, has proudly administered Holiday Lake Forestry Camp for almost 70 years. This unique camping experience has introduced young Virginians to the challenges, special skills and knowledge needed for managing the forest resources we use and enjoy every day.
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Holiday Lake Forestry Camp is ideal for students:
- to explore and experience activities in forestry and wildlife related careers
- who participate in forestry and wildlife judging teams, Envirothon competitions, or ecology clubs
- to experience hands on learning about natural resources conservation.
Dates and Location
Camp: June 2017 (Check back for dates)
Camp is held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center located within the 20,000 acre Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. This working forest provides a vast outdoor classroom for interactive learning.
2016 Camp Flyer [PDF format]
Classes are taught in the woods by natural resource professionals. View a presentation on the camp and its activities (English; PowerPoint format).
- Sustainable Forest Management
- Forest Ecology
- Reforestation and Tree Improvement
- Tree Measurements
- Environmental Protection
- Wildlife Management
- Tree Identification
Other learning experiences include a field trip to a local paper mill; urban forestry demonstrations; exploratory classes in topics such as forest fire equipment and tactics, wilderness survival, canoeing, archery, skeet marksmanship, and wood turning; and presentations by Conservation Police Officers, arson investigators, and wildlife researchers.
Campers participate in a Lumberjack Field Day with group competition in crosscut sawing, log rolling, and other traditional outdoor skills contests.
Recreation and athletics include swimming, softball and volleyball.
All students selected to attend Camp are awarded a $200 scholarship towards the cost of attending Camp such as food, facilities, and activity materials. Campers pay a $85 registration fee to confirm their attendance and acceptance of the scholarship.
The Camp is financed through contributions from forest industries, conservation agencies and associations, and individual sponsors committed to educating tomorrow's young leaders.
Criteria for Nomination
Campers are selected from nominations made by teachers, forestry and wildlife professionals, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, 4-H and Scout Leaders, and partner sponsoring organizations.
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp is an academic, structured, residential camp that focuses on field experiences in forestry and other natural resources. Nominees
- are boys and girls ages 13 to 16;
- are Virginia residents;
- show an interest in natural resources;
- good academic standing, and
- have not attended before. Previous attendees should consider Youth Conservation Camp instead.
Nominate a Student
2016 nominations are closed. 2017 nominations will open in January.
After January 1, 2017: complete and submit (by email or FAX) a nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Powell – firstname.lastname@example.org or 434.220.9083.
Department of Forestry
ATTN: Ellen Powell
900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Annual Reports for Holiday Lake Forestry Camp
Camp wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners! You can see who supported us and how we used the funds in our annual reports. [PDF Format]
Need more information?
Contact Ellen Powell, Holiday Lake Forestry Camp Coordinator.
Forestry Camp - Camper Slide Show
Holiday Lake Forestry Camp programs are open to all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. EEO/AA
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