University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Camp for Military Youth Offers GPS and Digital Photography Training

Colchester--Vermont military kids will have a unique opportunity this summer to assist the Vermont National Guard with the upkeep and restoration of the forest at Camp Johnson in Colchester as participants in a special week-long day camp on GPS (global positioning system) mapping technology and digital photography. 

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) and the National Guard will coordinate the July 9-13 camp, which is part of the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Tech Wizards curriculum, a grant opportunity provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention through National 4-H Council. Any youths, entering grades 4-8, with a parent or guardian in the military may attend. 

Campers will receive training on using GPS and digital imagery for mapping, which they then will use to plot points along the trail system where invasive species and hazards such as fallen trees on the path, damaged bridges or washouts are located. After taking photos of these locations, they will enter all the coordinates and photos into a computer mapping system to present to the Guard for their use. 

Hand-held GPS units, digital cameras and all other equipment will be provided. 

Although there is no cost to attend, registration is mandatory as space is limited. Please contact OMK Coordinator Stephanie Atwood at or (802) 656-0346. Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Atwood by June 25.