Conservation Camp, Ages 10-14

campers learn how to use a compassOffered in partnership with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Tanglewood’s Conservation Camps are an exciting approach to woods safety in a specially designed setting with a focus on ethical target sports practice. What better way to learn how to move through the woods like a ninja, than at camp? Our hands-on instruction offers a unique opportunity to learn conservation education, wildlife tracking, map and compass, archery or firearms safety, primitive skills, and woods wisdom in a safe and supported environment. All programs include an opportunity to canoe on Pitcher Pond while also enjoying all the traditional camp activities Tanglewood is known for. Each successful participant will earn their Maine Hunter Safety Certificate in one or two skill sets, honored in all 50 states, and good for life.

Note, the firearms hunter safety camp is offered in conjunction with Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Beaver Lodge in Hope, Maine. Tanglewood does not permit the use of firearms equipment on its site. Campers will be transported to Beaver Lodge on shooting days via camp van to utilize the firing range there.

Maine residents who are first-time participants may be eligible for a one-time $300 scholarship funded by the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

In cooperation with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Ages: 10-14                   Cost: $625.00                  FAQ & Packing Lists

Hunter Safety-Archery Program Dates:

August 2-7, 2020  August 9-14, 2020

Hunter Safety-Firearms Program Dates:

August 16-21, 2020


campers practice archery
Because the University of Maine defines archery equipment like weapons, and has a strict weapons policy for the safety of all, and for liability and insurance reasons, camp program participants are asked not to bring their personal shooting sports equipment to Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center without prior authorization from the Director or the Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Program Coordinator. The 4-H Shooting Sports instruction team at Tanglewood is very familiar with the wide variety of equipment here, and competently provide complete instruction in the shooting sports discipline programs that we offer.