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Scholarships Available

Written by Bryan on 05 February 2018. Posted in Uncategorised

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is sponsoring a limited number of students from Tuscarora to attend a 1-week summer environmental camp for FREE. These camps are very popular and they sell out quickly once they become available. We're thankful we have the opportunity to offer 12 scholarships to all Haudenosaunee communities in NYS.

These FREE ($350 value) summer camp trips are for youth between the ages of 11-17 years old. Guardians are responsible for transportation to/from the camps, and to provide them their camp materials/gear. The scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

What's it like at an environmental camp? The campers will explore New York's diverse habitats, and learn how human activities affect the environment. Campers solve concepts, practice outdoor skills and spend the week immersed in nature.

All the camps offer sportsman education classes, including hunting and archery. Camp Pack Forest also offers shooting sports for the 14 to 17 year olds. All available scholarships are for 3 different camps and age groups (check the list of camps and dates below.)

The camp offers wholesome meals and the campers stay in cabins with bunk beds and counselors. They're not allowed to call home during their stay and cell phones/video games/mp3 players/electronics are not allowed during the camp and will be confiscated until the end. For more information about the camps visit the NYS DEC website HERE.

The closest camp to Tuscarora is Camp Rushford in Alleghany County, in Caneadea, NY.

The scholarships are open to native youth at Tuscarora. If you're interested in sending your child please contact the Tuscarora Environment Office for details on how to apply and for additional information, #716.264.6011.

Brought to you by the SUNY-ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.



  • Camp Pack Forest (Warrensburg, NY, Southern Adirondacks)

July 22-27, 2018 (open to: 1 boy (age 14-17) and 1 girl (age 14-17))

  • Camp Rushford (Caneadea, NY, Alleghany County)

July 8-13, 2018 (open to: 2 boys (age 11-13) and 2 girls (age 11-13))

  • Camp Colby (Saranac, NY, Northern Adirondacks)

July 22-27, 2018 (Open to: 2 boys (age 11-13) and 2 girls (age 11-13))

July 29-August 3, 2018 (Open to: 1 boy (age 14-17) and 1 girl (age 14-17))