Working to Preserve South Dakota’s Hunting & Fishing Heritage!
Youth Conservation Camp
Imagine sending your teenagers on a week-long adventure where they can learn to hunt, fish, and enjoy the great outdoors! This once-in-a-lifetime experience is called Youth Conservation Camp and it’s sponsored by the South Dakota Wildlife Federation.
Since the first camp was held in 1964, thousands of South Dakota youth have experienced the excitement of outdoor sports while learning the importance of conserving our natural resources.
The Youth Conservation Camp is held in early June at Camp Bob Marshall in the beautiful Black Hills. Camp participants are housed in rustic cabins with modern bathrooms and eating facilities. The camp has a director, two assistant directors, and two counselors for each cabin of 12 teens, along with other staff members. Transportation is available to and from the camp. See the Bus Schedule for more information.
Reservations for camp will be accepted from March 1st to May 1st. After May 1st, reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until the camp quota is filled. For a priority reservation, apply directly to a local affiliate club or to a local Soil Conservation District Office. These organizations screen applicants as to eligibility and provide financial assistance to participants.
If neither of these are available in your area, send the Camp Application Form to Mike McKernan, Camp Director. A check in the amount of $325 must be included. Scholarships and sponsorships for camp may be available. Contact camp director for additional information.
After March 1, reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the camp quota is filled. Reservations can be cancelled and checks refunded until May 15.
For more information on the SDWF Youth Conservation Camp, please contact:
"Thank you for all you do for the conservation camp. I had an absolutely marvelous time. I really enjoyed the activities that we were able to participate in at Custer State Park. I know that you put a lot of time into getting everything ready, and I really appreciate it. I learned a lot and met a lot of new people, it was a great time. Thanks for all you do, and I hope to see you next year.”
“Good Morning. Thank you very much for opportunity for my daughter to attend the Conservation Camp. It was one the best educational experiences she has ever had, and she really enjoyed everything about it. We sure appreciate everything you are doing for kids - keep up the great work”
“Hayden absolutely LOVED it last year! He is a typical boy teenager and doesn’t say much to his parents, but oh my goodness he got off that bus last year and wouldn’t stop talking for two hours! He loved the classes, the atmosphere, the food, everything…if you are the one who put the classes together - You are doing a wonderful job - A big THANKS to you. He loved how the instructors talked about their real life experiences and how they seem to inspire kids to “get involved” in the world around them.
I could go on forever, but mainly wanted to say you are doing a Great job and Thank You!”