Now that children are out of school for the summer, parents often struggle with how to keep their kids active, healthy, and engaged. Though summer can be ripe with fresh fruits and vegetables, it can also be a time where children have a relaxed schedule and can fall into unhealthy and inconsistent eating habits. One way to curb all of these summer parent struggles is by having children attend any youth summer camp. These can have a tremendous positive impact on their physical wellbeing as well as a positive effect on psychological development, self-esteem and independence.

Of course there are tons of different types of camps available to children, ranging from computer camps, sports camps, religious camps, and beyond. But did you know that, in true Vermont fashion, the state of Vermont offers two summer conservation camps for Vermont youth that run from June to August?  These camps are located in Buck Lake in Woodbury, Vermont and Camp Kehoe is located on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton.

What makes these programs so unique is that they’re sponsored and directed by Fish & Wildlife Department professionals-the same people who manage the fish and wildlife resources in Vermont. The students work with biologists, foresters, game wardens and conservation educators who teach these young people about Vermont’s forests, wetlands and wildlife. Not only do the youth develop valuable life skills but they also gain environmental knowledge so they can continue the state’s traditional rural pursuits–enjoying all aspects of the outdoor world.

Not only do students peruse many physically stimulating activities in these camps that keep them fit in the summer, they also are fed by us, The Abbey Group, around the same guidelines that guide school nutrition throughout the school year so parents can sleep easy.

Please see the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website at for more information.