Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp began in 1950. Since then, more than 10,000 high school students from all over Ohio have attended camp. Many of these students have furthered their interest in forestry and wildlife by obtaining post-secondary education in natural resources. Other campers have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of Ohio's forestry heritage.
Have you ever wondered what types of trees are in Ohio's forests? Or what kinds of relationships organisms have with the forest? If so, Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp is the place to be! Camp is held at FFA Camp Muskingum, located on Leesville Lake in the beautiful rolling hills of Carroll County, Ohio. Any student who has completed 8th grade through seniors graduating the year of camp are welcome to participate. Be prepared to obtain valuable forestry information, make many new friends and HAVE FUN!!!
Possible Sponsorships May Be Available. Please contact your local Soil and Water Conseration District, Conservation Clubs such as Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, local Rod and Gun Clubs or Garden Clubs in your area, FFA or 4-H Clubs, conservation or science clubs at your high school, local businesses in the wood industry (sawmills, loggers, excavation companies, logging equipment dealers or one of our loggers chapters found here.) If these possibilities have been exhausted and you still need help finding a sponsor, please call OFA at 1-888-388-TREES. Remember to let your sponsors know that the Ohio Forestry Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Their donation is deductible as a charitable contribution.
Click here for the 2016 Forestry Camp Registration form.
Arrival: Registration for campers is Sunday, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Please do not arrive prior to 2:30 pm!
Bring ALL MEDICATION to be checked in by the nurse on duty.
Departure: Graduation (parents and friends welcome) will be held Friday from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at which time you will be dismissed. Everyone must be out of camp by 3:00 pm. Be sure you make arrangements for someone to pick you up before that time.
Things to Bring:
Bedding: pillow, sleeping bag and/or bedding. Pillows will not be furnished.
Clothing:Jeans, pants or sweats; raincoat or poncho; t-shirts/long sleeve shirts; warm jacket; sweater or sweatshirt; shorts; two pair old, comfortable shoes; waterproof boots; bathing suit; pajamas; underwear; socks; hat; handkerchief; one outfit for the dance.
Toiletries: two towels, washcloth, soap & soap dish, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodarant.
Optional Items: Camera, sunglasses, notebook and pen/pencil, insect repellant (non-aerosol), laundry bag or plastic bag, money (a small amount for the camp store), sunscreen.
Please Do Not Bring: Fireworks, tobacco products or expensive jewelry. Junk food, soda & candy will be available to purchase at the camp store but are not to be brought because they attract wildlife into the dorms.
*All campers are responsible for their own belongings. It is helpful to label your articles and luggage. The Ohio Forestry Association, Inc. & FFA Camp Muskingum assume no responsibility for lost or stolen articles.
Note: There will be a dance one night during the camp. Please be sure to bring appropriate clothing for a dance! Also there will be a talent show. If you have a special talent that requires something special, please plan accordingly. (example: musical instruments).
Be ready to challenge yourself, learn, try new things, explore nature, make lots of friends, laugh, experience adventures and be an important part of the team! In order to make our week of Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp the best it can possibly be, keep the following in mind:
Respect for each other and their belongings and the facility is essential for a fun, smooth and successful experience.
Each camper will be a part of a leaf group. Each leaf group will attend classes, meals and specific activities together. Other times are allocated for large group activities and recreations breaks.
You will be expected to follow the rules and guidelines established by the Ohio Forestry Association, Inc., FFA Camp Muskingum, and your leaf group counselor. If your conduct or influence is not appropriate or in the best interest of the entire group, you will be dismissed from the program without a refund. Please be ready to have an open mind and have fun together!
If you have any questions please contact the OFA office at 888-38-TREES.
Those interested in becoming a camp counselor or counselor in training may apply here. Please send all applications directly to FFA Camp Muskingum at the address below.
Parents, please call camp only in the event of an emergency. The camp staff is very busy showing your camper a great time, and phone calls to check on the kids take time away from their time with the campers! Staff will contact you if there is a problem.
FROM CLEVELAND/CANTON, OH: Take I-77 South (East side, I-271 to I-77 or West side I-480 to I-77) to Canton. Take Rt 30 East by exiting off of 1-77 South. Take 30 East to Rt 43 South Exit and follow Rt 43 to Carrollton. From Carrollton, follow directions below.
FROM COLUMBUS, OH: Take I-70 East to I-77 North. Take I-77 North to Rt 36 East, follow 36 East to 250 and turn left on St Rt 250 East. Follow 250 E and turn left onto 151 East, follow to Rt 332 North and turn left. Go 7 miles on 332 North to Autumn Road, turn left and follow signs to camp.
FROM YOUNGSTOWN, OH: Take I-11 South to St Rt 30 West (Lisbon). Follow St Rt 30 West to Kensington. Take St Rt 9 South to Carrollton. Follow directions from Carrollton, OH. From Carrollton, follow directions below.
FROM WHEELING, WV: Take Ohio Rt 7 (or Parallel Rt 2) to Rt 43 in Steubenville, OH. Follow Rt 43 North to Carrollton. From Carrollton, follow directions below. OR Take 250 West to 646 North to 151 West to 332 North. Turn right onto 332 N and go 7 miles and turn left onto Autumn Road and follow signs to camp.
FROM PITTSBURGH, PA: Take US Highway 30 West Liverpool, OH. Follow Rt 7 South to Rt 39 to Carrollton. From Carrollton, follow directions below. OR Take US Highway 22 West to Steubenville, OH. Follow 22 West to Rt 43 North in Steubenville. Follow 43 to Carrollton. From Carrollton, follow directions below. OR Continue on Rt 22 West to Rt 151 North through Jewett and Scio. Turn right on Rt 332 North and go 7 miles to Autumn Road turn left and follow signs to camp.
FROM CARROLLTON, OH: In downtown Carrollton, Take Rt 332 South out of town. Go 5 miles. You will come to a town called Petersburg located at the bottom of a steep hill, at top of hill turn right onto Autumn Road, a large billboard stands at the place where you will turn. Go 3 miles to Palermo, FFA Camp Muskingum is adjacent to "Downtown" Palermo. Turn right onto Dyewood Road, a FFA sign is on the right hand side of the road. Camp is 1 mile down Dyewood Road.
Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp Counselor/CIT Application
If you are interested in being a counselor or CIT in 2016 please submit your application directly to OFA Camp Muskingum, 3266 Dyewood Rd. SW, Carrollton, OH 44615 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Check out the video below for a glimpse into a week of Forestry Camp. For a further look into a week at Forestry camp, check out the article by Farm & Dairy here. Video coverage of the 2013 Ohio Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp and article courtesy of Farm and Dairy.