Widening The Circle


How Three Summer Camps Are Introducing More Children to the Outdoors

By Jack Beaudoin

It’s a hot, humid August morning in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, the kind that usually yields thunder and lightning by day’s end. But at nearby Buck Lake – just 700 feet higher in the Vermont woods – someone set the thermostat to paradise.” The air is dry, the temperature hovers in the mid-70s, and a light breeze ripples the lake’s sapphire surface.

To the 60 or so young teenage boys bunking at Buck Lake Camp, it sure feels like heaven. They’ve practiced with hunting crossbows at the archery range. They’ve learned to canoe safely, fire .22 rifles and 20-gauge shotguns, and will leave with hunter education certifications stuffed in their pockets and orange hats on their heads. In between those lessons, they’ve taken deep dives into conservation ethics, wildlife management, and habitat protection with Vermont game wardens and wildlife biologists. Read more

Published in the Spring 2022 issue of Northern Woodlands.

About Northern Woodlands

Northern Woodlands, a quarterly magazine, celebrates northeastern forests and the people who care for them. A fun read with a serious purpose, it’s published by the Center for Northern Woodlands Education, an educational nonprofit located in Lyme, New Hampshire.

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