Camp Rocky is a fun and educational opportunity for youth ages 14 through 19 who are looking for an outdoors adventure. The Douglas County Conservation District offers partial scholarships to attend this camp. See below for contact information.
Camp Rocky, sponsored by the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado State Forest Service, and other partners, will be held TBA in a mountain setting above Colorado Springs near Divide, CO. The camp provides a great opportunity for those who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in learning more about Colorado’s natural resources.
Camp Rocky staff members are professionals in their respective resource fields. They assist participants in learn about their environment while working in teams and meeting other students from across Colorado. Each year, new and returning students choose one of the following resource fields for their area of focus:
- Forest Management: The forestry team learns about different forest types, how to determine the overall health of the forest, how to find a tree’s age without cutting it down, why trees can be “dangerous”, and how fire can be “good” for forest health and safety.
- Soil and Water Conservation: This team learns about two primary components of nature – soil and water. They will create a river and learn how different types of soil affect plants, wildlife and humans.
- Rangeland Science: The rangeland science team learns about the fitness of rangeland and forage. They will study how rangelands provide food for livestock, habitat for wildlife, and clean water for drinking.
- Fish and Wildlife Management: The wildlife biology team will track a radio-collared animal, go electro-fishing (a “shocking” experience), and learn how different types of Colorado wildlife survive the elements.
Additional activities include volleyball games, hiking, archery, trap shooting, a campfire, the Camp Rocky challenge, and a dance. At the close of camp, students will receive a Camp Rocky certificate of Achievement.
Eligible youth include those who have completed eighth grade by June 1, 2018 through age 19. The cost is $300.00, all inclusive. Limited scholarships for Douglas County Colorado youth are available. For more information, application, or scholarship information, contact the Douglas County Conservation District at 303-218-2622 or email DCCDistrict@gmail.com