About the Natural Resource Camp
What is the Natural Resource Camp?
The Natural Resource Camp (NRC) started as a one-week summer program for boys at Camp Alpine, Idaho in 1960 and has been held each and every summer since then. Now a co-ed camp, NRC participants spend a week near beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho exploring Idaho’s natural resources. Mornings are spent learning about forestry, rangelands, soils, water and wildlife. Knowledge gained from the week’s learning experiences is then used by campers on Friday in a half-day challenge called the Big Wood Valley Land Use Simulation Game.
Afternoon recreational activities include: target shooting with .22 caliber rifles, archery, fishing, hiking, basketball and crafts. Group activities include: the Lewis and Clark Expedition, swimming at Easley’s Hot Springs, camp wide games and cabin competitions, capped by the camp-wide Tournament of the Outdoors on Friday afternoon.
Nightly campfires offer campers the opportunity for fun songs and skits. Camp finishes the week on Saturday morning with an awards ceremony and time for campers and camp staff to interact with participant’s families.
Lifelong friendships are made at the NRC. Many camp graduates have returned to the NRC as cabin leaders or camp staff and other camp alumni are sending their kids and grandkids to camp for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- University of Idaho Extension
- University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
- Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts
- Bureau of Land Management
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Idaho Department of Fish and Game
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service