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Alaska Department of Fish & Game's
Alaska Conservation Camp

Founded 2006 — Fairbanks, Alaska

Alaska Conservation Camp

The mission of the Alaska Conservation Camp is to promote an understanding of Alaska’s natural resources and conservation, and to give youth "hands-on" experience in hunting, fishing, and related outdoor skills.

“You have no idea how much it changed his life. He’s a new person. He has an interest in hunting now and he teaches us about safety and he asks us to go fishing and camping. He’s been asking all year long about going to Advanced Camp this summer. I think every kid out there should go to these camps. Thank you, thank you, for having this.”
— Parent of a youth camper who attended the Alaska Conservation Camp - Basic Camp

News and Updates

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR 2013 SUMMER SESSIONS OF THE ADF&G ALASKA CONSERVATION CAMP. AS OF MAY 22, ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL WITH WAIT LISTS.
INFORMATION REGARDING 2014 CAMP SESSIONS WILL BE POSTED ONCE AVAILABLE.

Visit www.alaskaconservationcamp.org for more information and to register online or get the registration packet. Online registration is encouraged.

Registering your son or daughter? Spread the word to a friend! The camp experience can be even more fun and enjoyable if a good friend of your ACC camper attends the same session!

The Alaska Conservation Camp is currently a DAY CAMP (with an overnight campout included) that is based in FAIRBANKS. Youth campers need to be dropped off each morning and picked up each afternoon according to the camp schedule.

If you have questions or need more information contact:
John Wyman by phone at 459-7292 or by email at john.wyman@alaska.gov
or contact Cathie Harms by phone at 459-7231 or by email at cathie.harms@alaska.gov.

ADF&G Alaska Conservation Camp Program
2013 Summer Camp Sessions

Three sessions are planned for the summer 2013 season of the ADF&G Alaska Conservation Camp program; two Basic Camps and one Advanced Camp. Basic Camp includes the Alaska Basic Hunter Education Course. Campers must have either completed ACC Basic Camp or passed the Alaska Basic Hunter Education Course in order to attend Advanced Camp.

  • BASIC CAMP #1: June 10-14 (Mon-Fri) This session is currently full.
    $250, Ages 11-14, space limited to 30 campers
  • BASIC CAMP #2: June 17-21 (Mon-Fri) This session is currently full.
    $250, Ages 11-14, space limited to 30 campers
  • ADVANCED CAMP: June 24-28 (Mon-Fri) This session is currently full.
    $250, Ages 12-16, space limited to 24 campers
    Prerequisite: Completion of Basic Hunter Education or of ACC Basic Camp

Outdoor Heritage Foundation logo The Alaska Conservation Camp (ACC) is a camp program for youth made possible by a cooperative effort between the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) and the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska (OHFA). Other supporters include Friends of the NRA (National Rifle Association of America), the Alaska Interior Marksmanship Committee (AIM-COMM), and many community sponsors and volunteers.

The ACC program focuses on hands-on learning of hunting, shooting, fishing, wildlife conservation and related outdoor skills. Professionals from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, including biologists, education specialists, firearm instructors, hunter education instructors and fish and wildlife technicians help develop and conduct the program. They receive help from other agencies and organizations involved in the camp curriculum. ACC is modeled after similar programs operated successfully for decades by agencies in other states.

Since the first camp session offered in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 2006, the program has received more than a 95 percent approval rating from the youth campers and the parents/guardians of campers who have attended.

The ACC program currently offers three types of camps:

  1. Basic Camp - Day Camp with an overnight included (ages 11–14)
  2. Advanced Camp - Day Camp with an overnight included (ages 12–16, completion of ACC - Basic Camp required)
  3. Advanced Module Camp - Day Camp with an overnight included (ages 12–16, basic hunter education required)

Basic Camp

Group of youths at the Alaska Conservation Camp The core of the ACC - Basic Camp is the Alaska Basic Hunter Education course. Campers who attend Basic Camp have the opportunity to take the course and receive certification in Basic Hunter Education from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Basic Camp also includes fishing, wildlife identification and tracks, firearm safety, Alaska fish and wildlife species, habitat, outdoor survival and wilderness navigation, .22-caliber rifle shooting, archery, map and compass, boater safety, basic canoeing and more! Basic Camp is typically conducted Monday through Friday, with an overnight campout Thursday night and a camper/family BBQ on Friday afternoon before graduation.

Advanced Camp

For youth who have completed ACC-Basic Camp, an advanced camp session is offered that provides more in-depth and advanced skills and activities related to hunting, shooting, fishing and wildlife conservation. Included in Advanced Camp are activities like fly fishing, fly tying, introduction to shotgun shooting, GPS use and wilderness navigation, field dressing fish and small game, advanced firestarting, introduction to muzzleloader shooting, field cooking, and shelter building. Advanced Camp is typically conducted Monday through Friday with a one or two-night overnight trip/campout included and a camper/family BBQ on Friday afternoon before graduation.

Advanced Module Camp

The ACC program may offer special, advanced module camps in an effort to provide youth more opportunity once they have completed basic (and perhaps advanced camp). One example of an advanced module is a four-day winter camp session that covers winter outdoor survival, ice fishing, trapping/snaring, shelter building and many practical skills for Alaska's months of winter.

Alaska Conservation Camp History

Youth with fishing pole and his catch In 2005, Alaska Department of Fish & Game employees from several divisions and programs gathered in Fairbanks to plan for and embark upon a journey that would involve hunting, shooting, fishing, wilderness survival, numerous challenges, and – oh yeah – a lot of fun. The group had a passion to help significantly with wildlife conservation efforts in the future and to promote safe and responsible hunting, shooting and fishing. The group came ready to design a program that would result in more responsible hunters, anglers and wildlife conservationists and would do so for generations to come.

The result, after a series of meetings and brainstorm sessions, was the Alaska Conservation Camp. The group formed the Alaska Conservation Camp Development Team and organized a pilot ACC - Basic Camp in 2006 and an Advanced Camp in 2007. Camp sessions, open to 30 youth each week, had waitlists for Basic Camp. In 2009, two basic camps and one advanced camp session were conducted. Campers from previous years have returned to help as junior counselors, and the program continues to receive praise from campers and parents of youth who have attended. The ACC Development team added an advanced camp module - winter camp - for 2010 and hopes to reach more youth throughout Alaska in future years and see the program expand statewide.

Contact Information

For more information about the Alaska Conservation Camp program contact:
ACC Coordinator, John Wyman - 907-459-7292 - john.wyman@alaska.gov or
ACC Assistant Coordinator, Cathie Harms - 907-459-7231 - cathie.harms@alaska.gov

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