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Cooperative Extension: SC Agricultural Education

Forestry Camp

April 11-14, 2024 •  $125/individual

Embark on an unforgettable journey at Forestry Camp. This camp is where the natural world becomes your classroom. Inspired by the National FFA Organization's Forestry Career Development Event, our camp offers hands-on experience in tree identification, forest management, and wildlife conservation. Engage in exciting events like timber cruising, land navigation, and environmental analysis, all under the guidance of expert foresters. Join us not only to develop vital forestry skills but also to ignite a lifelong passion for the stewardship of our forest land.

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Contact Us:

Ann Mayfield, Director or Logan Layne, Program Coordinator

Learning Objectives

While we want to ensure all students have fun, as part of the Agricultural Education model we want to emphasize experiential learning opportunities.

Apply relevant forestry terms to industry-based problems

Recognize environmental and social factors affecting the management of forests

Identify significant species of trees of economic importance to the United States and internationally

Identify and correctly use hand tools and equipment in forestry management

Recognize and understand approved silvicultural practices in the United States

Analyze forest/tree disorders to promote overall natural resource well-being

Recognize safety practices in forest management


Day 1

8:00 PM Camp Welcome in the Gym

Day 2

7:30 AM Advisors Meeting
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions of Camp Staff

Camp Rules and Regulations
Overview of Camp Schedule

9:00 Introduction to Forestry in South Carolina and Forestry Careers
9:30 Fire in the Forest 

1. Wildfire
2. Prescribed Fire
3. Equipment Demonstrations
4. Simulated Fire Exercise

11:30 PM Lunch
PM Forestry Skills Session 1 – Tree/Forest Disorder
1:15 PM Forest Inventory Analysis
2:30 PM Forestry Skills Session 2 – Timber Stand Improvement
3:30 PM Recreation: Lumberjack Competition
4:30 PM Forestry Skills Session 3 – Tree Identification 
6:00 PM Dinner

8:30 PM Owl Prowl/Movie and Popcorn Party – “Only the Brave”
11:00 PM Lights Out


Day 3

7:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Forestry Skills Session 4 – Map Interpretation 
9:30 AM Forestry Skills Session 5 – Tree Measurement 

1. Determining Your Pace
2. How to Measure a Tree’s Height
3. How to Measure a Tree’s Diameter

11:30 AM Tree Identification Team Competition
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Forestry Skills Session 6 – Timber Cruising

1. Determining Plots on a Tract
2. How Much Wood is in a Tree?
3. How Much Wood is in on a Tract?

4:00 PM Forestry Skills Session 7 – Equipment & Chainsaw Part Identification
5:00 PM Forestry Skills Session 8 – Compass & Pacing
6:00 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Sports Tournament
11:00 PM Lights Out

Day 4

7:30 AM Breakfast
Clean-up and Depart

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