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Potsdam Prepared: Spring 2022 Updates

Craig Kuhnert
Conservation Intern
Massawepie Scout Camp
65 Massawepie Road, Childwold, NY 12922

Personal Experience: My experience at Massawepie Scout Camp proved to be quite insightful teaching me the proper use of tools such as using chainsaws to clear out trails. The proper method behind creating a firepit and how to reinvigorate human activity in abandoned campsites. I enjoyed a lot of the manual labor aspect in the internship such as fixing pipe bursts transporting huge amounts of gravel for road work. One of my proudest accomplishments was the creation of 6 land bridges allowing easier travel on the main hiking route. 

Organization: Massawepie Scout Camp                                                                           
Located near the town of Tupper Lake, Massawepie Scout Camp strives to provide a space for the scouts to further enhance their skills while maintaining the delicate balance of man and nature. The camp offers many opportunities to engage in wilderness sports such as shooting (both rifle and shotgun), archery and climbing.

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Contact: Ben Geiger/Camp Ranger,65 Massawepie Road Childwold NY 12922, (585)355-8947

About the Internship:

  • Typical work days from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Duties include maintenance as well as conservation projects around camp such as fixing picnic benches, repairing lights. (Ben cares about your interests and tries to find conservation projects tailored to you)
  • You should be able to lift and load large amounts of lumber for camp use
  • This was an unpaid internship with occasional chances to work extra hours for a wage
  • Housing included