C.O. Mollenhour Conservation Camp

Teaching the principles of conservation to young people through
instruction and experiences in a wilderness camp setting.

C.O. Mollenhour Conservation Camp facilities are truly unique. Over 15 acres setting on McClures Lake just west of Silver Lake, Indiana – it’s ideal for a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Established in 1938 by the conservation clubs and lake associations in the local area, this outstanding Camp has been perpetuated by the clubs remaining active and by local organizations.

Now lead by a dedicated council of volunteers, C.O. Mollenhour Conservation Camp is expanding programs and providing greater facilities to serve even more young people as environmental awareness and conservation become increasingly critical to future generations.

Camp Mollenhour is a 501(c)(3) camp.  You can support Camp Mollenhour by sponsoring a young person at a summer session, by making a tax-deductible contribution to Camp Mollenhour, to the C.O. Mollenhour Conservation Camp Capital Fund, or by volunteering your time to assist at camp sessions.

Goals of Camp Mollenhour

  • Developing an environmental awareness – the camp setting on McClures Lake is kept primarily in its natural state.
  • Acquiring & strengthening a range of outdoor skills including fishing, hunting, boating safety, lake management, camping, swimming, and aquatic biology, including the identification of fish and game species.
  • Enjoying recreational activities with an emphasis on teamwork and leadership.
  • Developing respect for important components of society such as Law Enforcement and the Conservation Department through interaction and involvement.
  • Promoting true sportsmanship in every way.

Example Conservation Camp Activities

  • Hunter and Boater Education Certification for each camper (Administered by Indiana DNR Conservation Officers)
  • ATV and treestand safety training
  • Native Indiana animal identification
  • DNR Fisheries Biologist with electrofishing demonstration
  • ICO SCUBA and River Rescue demonstration
  • Fishing with local Bass Club members
  • Ducks Unlimited waterfowl/retrieving demonstration
  • Firearms and Archery safety and skills
  • Boating, canoeing and fishing basics
  • Cabin competitions
  • Swimming, boating, & campfires