Financial Assistance Helps Children           Attend Camp     

Attending camp can change a child's life! 

Our financial assistance can offer children the opportunity to attend some AMAZING camps for very little money. 

Information about camps and financial assistance applications are here.

Each year PVAS uses proceeds from our fall birdseed sale and donations from individual sponsors to provide financial assistance to area children so that they can attend summer camp.  Berkeley Community Pride and local garden clubs also often provide financial assistance to campers.

Assistance applications for day and overnight camps are accepted until early April.  The Financial Assistance Committee meets soon after that date to consider all applications at one time.  All persons who apply for camp assistance will be notified about the status of their application by the end of April.  If you have questions, contact Mary Etta Boesl ( 

Why Attend An Overnight Camp?

PVAS encourages youth ages 11 and older to consider attending an overnight camp.  These quality nature camps can be life-changing and provide campers with an in-depth nature experience.  PVAS offers assistance to several overnight camps including Junior Nature Camp at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV, Burgandy Center for Wildlife Studies in Capon Bridge WV, the West Virginia Teen Conservation Camp in Ripley WV, the Student Climate and Conservation Congress (SC3) at NCTC, and Family Camp at National Audubon’s Hog Island in Maine!  If your child has a real interest in nature and is ready to be away from home for one to two weeks, think about applying for one of these scholarships.  They are literally the chance of a lifetime!

 In past years, PVAS's Financial Assistance has sent youth to these overnight camps:

Assistance for Day Camp

Scholarships are also offered to several day camp opportunities for campers in the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle.

  • Assistance is also available for another great opportunity for students entering grades 9-12. The Student Conservation Corps and Congress (SC3) is the nation's premier week-long sustainability leadership program for students entering grades 9–12 next fall, and for a limited number of faculty. SC3 is coordinated by the Green Schools Alliance and hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown WV, the nation's top environmental training facility. Community Service Credit is also awarded.  Attending SC3 is a resume builder for high school students!

You Can Support Our Financial Assistance Funds

You can help send a child to camp by:

Applying For Financial Assistance

How to apply for a assistance!  You can download complete information, procedures, and the application form below. 

Deadline for application is April 5, 2017.


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