APRIL 20, 2022

A limited number of openings remain for one of Georgia’s “best-kept secret” summer camps – which also happens to be FREE! The Billy Lancaster Forestry Youth Camp for rising seventh and eighth-graders will be held July 10-14 at the FFA/Family Career and Community Leaders of America facility on Lake Jackson, south of Covington, Ga.

Overnight campers registered for this unique annual event will experience a wide variety of outdoor activities centered on the wonders of the forest and wildlife ecology. Forestry and natural resource professionals help campers learn about the importance and value of forests in their daily lives, with wide-ranging hands-on experiences such as tree identification and measurement, the harvesting and production of forest products, wildlife, natural resource careers, technology, and more. Campers are given many recreation opportunities, such as swimming, shooting sports, tennis, basketball, a “mud run” obstacle course, and a boating regatta.

Camp instructors are professional members of the Society of American Foresters and other forestry-related organizations. They work in both the public and private sectors and donate their time to the Forestry Youth Camp. There is no charge for students to attend camp, which is made possible by the sponsorship of businesses and organizations including the Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Forestry Association, Forest Resource Consultants, University of Georgia, WestRock, Rayonier, and American Tree Farm System.

Campers stay in cabins with other participants under the supervision of counselors. Meals are taken in a spacious dining hall. All students completing the Forestry Youth Camp receive a certificate of completion and a tee shirt.

Registration is open until all slots are filled and more information can be found at To learn more about forestry in Georgia and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit

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