- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Media Contact for Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp finishes right on target
Marion Larson, MassWildlife
Since 1949, the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp (MJCC) has provided young people with a unique opportunity to learn about conservation and to participate in shooting sports and other outdoor recreation. The 12-day program introduces girls and boys ages 13 to 17 to the ethical responsibilities of hunting and fishing in order to foster stewardship of natural resources. MJCC also connects youth with natural resource professionals and provides opportunities to learn or enhance their outdoor skills.
During this year's graduation ceremony, awards for the Camp Competition Day were presented and congratulations were offered by Stephen Johnson, MJCC Board President; Ron Amidon, Department of Fish & Game Commissioner; and MassWildlife Director Mark Tisa. These winners included:
- Shotgun—1st place Jack Remuck (Millbury); 2nd place Cirino Costa (Melrose); 3rd place Jaden Naff (Grafton)
- Scholastic Steel—1st place Brandon Lancaster (Barnstable); 2nd place Shane Theuret (West Yarmouth); 3rd place Troy Gagne (Haverhill)
- Sporting Clays—1st place Mason Benoit (North Grafton); 2nd place Brent Novak (Rutland); 3rd place Andrew Bischoff (Northborough)
- Rifle—1st place Shane Theuret (West Yarmouth); 2nd place Alex Buddington (Shirley); 3rd place Cirino Costa (Melrose)
- 3-Position Rifle—Top Male-Matthew Griffith (Lowell); Top Female-Abigail Winship
- Archery—1st place John Gaj (Blandford); 2nd place Aiden Cutter (Lowell); 3rd place Jack Munini (Reading)
- Black Powder—1st place Gabe Sequeira (Buzzards Bay); 2nd place; Steven James-Garcet (Gardner); 3rd place Jayden Carey (Orange)
- Fishing Derby, Russell Pond—1st place Phillip Kidd (Boxborough), 18" Chain Pickerel; 2nd place William Weddke (Medway), 15 ¾ " Largemouth Bass; 3rd place Mary Jane Pratt (Shrewsbury) 15" Largemouth Bass
- First Fish!—The following campers and assistant instructor were recognized for catching their first fish: Steve James-Garcet (Gardner), Rohan Krishan (Hopkinton) Jessica Blake (Hudson) and Assistant Instructor Jordan Peck (Peru)
“We greatly appreciate the support of our camp partners,” said Stephen Johnson, President of the MJCC Board. “We are especially grateful for the long term commitment to Conservation Camp by MassWildlife, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Environmental Police and the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL).” Johnson expressed appreciation to Dick’s Sporting Goods of Northborough, Cabela’s in Hartford, CT and State Line Guns, Ammo & Archery in Plaistow, NH for donations of outdoor equipment for camper use. In addition, Johnson noted that 85% of campers’ tuitions were funded by generous individuals, local and regional sporting clubs and civic organizations. MassWildlife Director Mark Tisa, a former MJCC camper, told campers that his experience at camp ago inspired him to pursue a career in fisheries management.
Much of the MJCC curriculum is a hands-on experience; campers learn how to safely use firearms, archery, fishing, navigation, and camping gear. State Hunter Education courses from MassWildlife and a Safe Boating course are taught by the Environmental Police. Shooting certification in several courses is also offered. Fish and wildlife biologists from MassWildlife and forestry professionals from DCR provide instruction in wildlife, forestry, and fisheries management. Fishing, hiking, outdoor cooking, navigating with GPS and compass, and survival skills learning are provided by experienced outdoor instructors. Evening programs with naturalists and other conservationists round out the program.
If you’re interested in becoming a camper, sponsoring a camper, or working as camp staff, please visit the Junior Conservation Camp website for more information. The MJCC Board welcomes support for the Conservation Camp through tax-deductible donations.