Monday, February 20, 2017

Youth Opportunities - Camps, College Scholarships, Awards

Here's a great cumulative listing of some special opportunities for 4-H'ers in the coming days/months. Take a read!

Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education: March 31st

April 2nd, 2017

Free, all-expense paid conference. (travel arrangements are up to the participant)
For students ages 16-19 years old; see for more information.
VICE is a three-day youth leadership conference:

  • interactive, educational and entertaining
  • students enhance their business, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  • Hands-on with “the cooperative way of doing business
  • Features “Who’s Minding the Store”, a computerized, interactive, business-simulation game
  • involving making business decisions for a fictional farm-supply store.
  • Scholarship Opportunity. $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 awarded to the three top performers


Holiday Lake Forestry Camp: June 19-24, 2017 –

For students ages 13-16 years old; See for Info.

Holiday Lake Forestry Camp is ideal for students:

  • to explore and experience activities in forestry and wildlife related careers
  • who participate in 4-H/FFA teams, Envirothon competitions, or ecology clubs
  • to experience hands on learning about natural resources conservation

Courses include: Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Ecology, Reforestation and Tree Improvement, Tree Measurement and ID, Environmental Protection, and Wildlife Management

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 lead 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.


Youth Conservation Camp: July 9-15, 2017 –

For students in grades 9-12 – Contact local SWCD for application, sponsorship provided.

YCC is a week-long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students held on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together students for a week of learning about natural resources. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors.

Link for more Info:

*Scholarship Opportunities* VA Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarships

*contact local SWCD for local scholarship opportunity

Scholarship program provides financial support to students in a college course curriculum
related to natural resources or environmental conservation or agriculture and life sciences.

-State Scholarship Deadline – March 24th

Application available -


Outstanding Young Agriculturist Award – by Farm Bureau

The Outstanding Young Agriculturalist Award recognizes a high school junior or senior for outstanding academic, community and agricultural achievement. The award also encourages
students to strive for leadership opportunities and involvement in the agriculture sector.

Applications due by March 31st:

*Scholarship awards for district, runner-up, and state winners*