MCAS Youth Scholarship

Participants — American Birding Association (ABA) Camp Colorado

2020 applications are now closed.

How It Started...
The startup donation for this scholarship was generated by Blythe and Fianna Wilde, two young birders. They decided to do a Big Day, a 24-hour bird-searching extravaganza. They asked friends and family to pledge 25¢ or more per species. At the end of the day, with a total of 129 species, they had raised $1,000. This became the seed money for the MCAS Youth Scholarship.

Donations, of any amount, to this scholarship fund are greatly appreciated and all donations are tax deductible.
Thank You!
Fianna and Blythe Wilde
with Kaaren Perry, Education Chair

What is Camp Colorado?
ABA's Camp Colorado provides a chance for campers to explore Colorado from grassland to glaciers. From the shortgrass prairie of northeastern Colorado to the aspen groves and alpine tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park, Camp Colorado has it all!

The camp is based out of the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, bordering the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.

Campers will have plenty of opportunities to take their birding skills to the next level, meet other young people with similar interests, explore careers in birding and ornithology, and of course, learn about the bird life and natural history of Colorado.

Looking Ahead to 2021...
Check back here in January 2021 to apply for the 2021 MCAS Youth Scholarship to Camp Colorado.

What the MCAS Youth Scholarship Covers...
This scholarship is offered annually for up to two young applicants who have already begun developing their birding skills. Scholarships awarded will cover all registration costs for recipient to attend the American Birding Association's (ABA) Camp Colorado ($1,449), usually held in July. Also included is a travel allowance (up to $350) and membership in both ABA ($25) and MCAS ($20).

Eligible 2021 Applicants are:
  • 13-18 years of age (as of March 1, 2021)
  • Residents of San Luis Obispo County
  • Available in July to attend American Birding Association's Camp Colorado
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