What is RailCamp? RailCamp is a fun week long overnight camp for high-school students in railroads and rail history, preservation/restoration, and safety. RailCampers explore and experience real railroad facilities and equipment. The camp includes one day each of interpretive demonstration, roundhouse and locomotive shop operation, career orientation, wood and metal workshop restoration, and railroad operations. RailCampers get hands on activities in small groups (each RailCamp only has about twenty-four participants). It's a full week of railroading adventure. If you would like to have an idea of RailCamp from a camper's perspective, read this article by Grant Lilly, a two-time camper and DCNRHS member or read another article by a 2016 camper, Bill Didden.
RailCamp is organized and sponsored by the National Railway Historical Society.
Where is RailCamp? RailCamp is held in East Newark, Delaware (RailCamp East) and Tacoma, Washington (RailCamp West). Lodging and meals are provided as part of the Program.
When/where is the slot for the RailCamp Scholarship being sponsored by Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS?
2017 Scholarship: June 25 - July 1, 2017 - Newark, DE
Additional Information about RailCamp? Visit http://www.nrhs.com/program/railcamp
What is included in the G. Lawson Clark Scholarship? Tuition, meals, and lodging at the camp are included in the scholarship for the student. Transportation to and from RailCamp is NOT included.
The G. Lawson Clark Memorial RailCamp Scholarship was set up as an annual scholarship by the Chapter's Board of Directors in 1998 as a tribute to a long-time member and supporter of our organization. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage young people to have an interest in railroads and their importance in America, past and present. The scholarship is awarded annually in the spring to a high-school student, usually from the Washington, D.C. area, that shows an interest and aptitude in railroads and history.
For information about the G. Lawson Clark Memorial RailCamp Scholarship, please contact:
Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS
PO Box 230
Savage, MD 20763-0230
e-mail: Use our Contact Form with the Subject "RailCamp"
Application Requirements for 2017 RailCamp Scholarship
To be eligible for/apply for the Washington D.C. Chapter, NRHS 2017 G. Lawson Clark Memorial Scholarship to the Tacoma, Washington session of the NRHS RailCamp you must:
Be enrolled as a high school student (includes those entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2017 and May/June 2017 12th grade graduates).
Live in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area (within 100 miles) or be nominated by a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS
Demonstrate an avid interest in railroads.
Comply with the Terms & Conditions listed below (by applying for the scholarship you are acknowledging and agreeing to these).
Not have previously received a scholarship to the NRHS RailCamp.
Mail the following application information to our President (contact information listed above):
- Submit an essay and a picture of yourself in a railroad setting. Essay should be at least 100-300 words which tells about your interests and experiences in railroads, railroad history, and rail preservation, and explains why we should award you the scholarship.
- Fill out the NRHS Application form completely.
- Provide your name, address, phone number, and a signed letter from your parent or guardian which states you will be able to attend RailCamp 2017 in East Newark, DE if awarded the scholarship.
Terms & Conditions
- Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2017 and received by February 8. 2017. All applications for the scholarship will be evaluated by the Washington D.C. Chapter, NRHS.
- One winner will be chosen. The winner will be notified in about two weeks. All decisions are solely the right and discretion of the sponsor and are final.
- The Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS is the sponsor of the G. Lawson Clark RailCamp Scholarship. However the NRHS National Organization makes the final determination as to whether or not an individual student may be admitted to RailCamp and their decision is final.
- The Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS does not discriminate against any applicant for this scholarship based on race, religious affiliation or lack thereof, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or handicapping condition. Membership in NRHS is not a prerequisite to win this scholarship.
- If you are the winner of the RailCamp scholarship, you will be required to write and submit to us a report on your week at RailCamp so that we may share it with other members in the Chapter and future prospective RailCampers. The report, which we will also use on our web site and in our newsletter, should be at least 800 words and include several pictures from your trip. An example is available on this web site. The report is due by September 15, 2017. Failure to do so will result you being required to reimburse the Chapter for the scholarship money.
- if you are the winner of the RailCamp scholarship, you grant permission to the Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS to use your name and image in our publications and on our web sites as the winner of the scholarship.
- The Chapter reserves the right to not award a scholarship if it determines there are no worthy applicants or candidates, camp costs when announced are excessive, or if RailCamp is cancelled. The decision of the Chapter is final.
- The Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS will forward payment for your scholarship along with your name and completed application to NRHS RailCamp.