RGS Leadership Academy

RGS Youth

The RGS Leadership Academy engages and empowers young adults to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure the future of healthy forests, abundant wildlife and sporting traditions.


We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in the outdoors, wildlife and natural resource conservation, who wish to share that interest and can handle the high amounts of physical activity while at the academy.

2017 RGS Leadership Academy - July 23 - 28, 2017


- APPLY HERE - Application Deadline: May 26, 2017

At the academy you will learn:

Hands-on wildlife, habitat management and conservation skills and education . . . What it takes to create habitat to sustain a huntable harvest of ruffed grouse and woodcock . . . How to determine the age and sex of game birds . . . How to use a GPS and compass . . . Necessary tools when going out in the woods for a hunt.

Hunting with and without dogs is part of this academy. You will learn how different breeds affect your hunting skills. You will learn about healthcare and nutrition. This camp might even help with picking out your new hunting partner!

You will learn about types of shotguns, shells and hunting safety. You will be shooting at the range with certified safety instructors.

During the week of camp, youth work in teams and learn leadership skills through team-building activities, individual educational presentations and team presentation. You will also be exposed to TV and radio interviews. Being a new ambassador you will probably be asked to do some interviews. You will be asked to create PowerPoint presentations and displays to use for community outreach presentations after the field school. Each youth creates an educational tri-fold to take home with them for use with their outreach in their community.

You will hone your leadership and communications skills to become an ambassador for conservation in your community.

RGS Leadership Academy

- APPLY HERE - Camp Application Deadline: May 26, 2017


2017 RGS Leadership Academy

Location - Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 104 Conservation Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653

Time/Check In - July 23 (Sunday) 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Graduation is Friday July 28 (Friday). Graduation will be at 2:00 P.M. Parents and friends are welcome to attend. After graduation you will check out of your room.

We are seeking 20 students to attend the academy. Age of campers is 12 to 17. Attendees must have a hunter safety certificate. Cost of the program is $400 per attendee.


Age of assistant team leaders is 18 to 25.     Age of team leaders is 25 to 70.

Ralph A. MacMullan Center

Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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