Alabama Forestry Camp allows eager high
school students to learn about the
importance of natural resources with the
outdoors being the main classroom for five
days in June. The camp is held each year at
the Rural Training Center of the Federation
of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance
Fund in Epes (FSC), Alabama (Sumter County). The
Alabama Forestry Commission and partnering
agencies have celebrated 14 successful camps
The students are all Alabama residents and must receive a recommendation
from their respective high schools before completing an application. The
Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) specifically targets those who
traditionally aren’t exposed to the professional opportunities in Forestry. By attending
camp, students are introduced to the idea of a career in forestry and/or
other natural resources. Along with the idea of working in the natural
resources genre, students are also educated on the impacts that the forestry
industry has on Alabama and the nation in general in terms of the economy,
daily living and the future generations.
Camp coordinators arrange for the students to tour working farms and
productive forest demonstration sites. The lessons for the 9th through 12th
graders are hands-on and therefore they learn everything from measuring
trees and collecting water samples for testing purposes to the paper-making
process and tree identification. Students also
receive a lesson in mapping and geographical information systems using
advanced technology recon equipment owned by the AFC. While there are many
guest lectures and excursion leaders during the week-long program, there is
one evening that is reserved as College and Career Night. During that
evening, information booths are set-up by college and university
representatives and representatives from various professional organizations
who arrive at the campsite ready to talk to the students even more about
their futures and the wide variety of educational and professional
opportunities that are available to them in forestry and other natural
While the camp is focused on educating students, it also allows
professionals to come together to collaborate on a project that will
ultimately lead to new crops of well- educated people in the natural
resources workforce. Forestry Camp also allows the professionals who are
involved with the program to better learn students’ concerns and
thought-processes are as they prepare to choose educational opportunities
and career paths. They will get a chance to talk one-on-one to potential
students and employees. This allows the professionals to better prepare
their organizations to receive new recruits and of course allows students to
become better prepared to leave high school successfully.
In all, the Alabama Forestry Camp is an invaluable experience for students
across the state who are interested in learning more about the environment,
natural resources, the importance of forestry and the impact that its
preservation has on Alabama and the rest of the nation. For the AFC,
Forestry Camp is also a vehicle to help increase minority employees amongst
its workforce as young women and racial and ethnic minority students are
encouraged to attend the Camp.
Forestry Camp FAQs for Students
That Have Been Accepted into Forestry Camp
When is Forestry Camp?
will be held June 2-6, 2013.
How much is registration?
$25.00 per student. Please do not send cash in the
mail. Please make checks payable to the
Federation of Southern Cooperatives.
I specify a roommate?
We do not mind
you specifying a roommate and will
accommodate your request if possible.
However, we cannot guarantee it will be
Will there be supervision for the children
at all times?
There will be
both day and night time counselors on duty
at all times
What transportation accommodations will be
available at the camp?
will be required to travel with staff during
the camp. Vans will be provided for field
trips and operated by the camp staff only.
All students driving personal vehicles will
be required to turn in their keys for the
duration of their stay.
What kind of medical personnel will be
There will be a
certified EMT on site at all times. If
additional medical attention is needed, the
parents or guardians will be contacted.
Instructions from the health form will be
utilized and proper medical attention will
Who do I contact for more information?
Joelette Crawl, Forestry Program Specialist,
FSC, (205) 652-9676
Bettis, Forestry Specialist, Tuskegee
University at (334) 421-0607