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Child and Adult digging in soil

Minnesota 4-H conducts camps all year long at various locations. Most camps are held in the summer. At camp, youth can work on projects they are already doing or start new ones.

4-H campers have the same high-quality, hands-on learning experiences that they have in clubs, events or fairs, but can spend more time on them. Activities are designed to develop a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of nature and our relationship to it.

Camps may vary in length from day-long to two-week adventures in locations close to nature. Activities and themes vary by camp location.

Who can go to 4-H camp?

All youth are welcome! (Note that grade/age requirements will vary by camp.)

4-H camp participants must enrol in 4-H -- we'll tell you about that when you sign up for camp. Being enrolled in 4-H opens up lots of learning opportunities. Learn more about enrollment here.

2016 camps

Camps are posted here as we get their information. Check your local Extension office for a camp near you.


Northwest Minnesota Northern Pines Camp

Northern Pines is a residential camp where youth are guaranteed to make lots of new friends, play amazing games, learn archery, a variety of crafts, and eat great food!

4-H X-Camp (Exploration Camp)

Expect hands-on activities in agricultural science, natural resources, fine arts, science and mathematics, and more! See what it's like to live on campus! Meet students and faculty at the University of Minnesota Crookston! Make new 4-H friends!

4-H Southeast Regional Camp

Campers will spend three days and two nights at camp enjoying swimming, hiking, nature activities, games, the arts, music, crafts, educational programs, great food, cabin life, reflective campfires and more!  The Minnesota 4-H Camping program develops leadership and responsibility skills for teen counselors, while providing a safe and fun opportunity for the campers through activities, which allow them to gain knowledge and develop social skills while meeting new friends. 4-H staff and high-school aged camp counselors are prepared and ready to deliver an exciting and safe camp for you!

Sand Hill Lake 4-H Camp

Sand Hill Lake 4-H Camp is a camp where youth can make new friends, participate in hands-on activities, discover and create cool stuff and make life-long camping memories!

PICCKM 4-H Summer Camp

(Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Carlton, Kanabec & Mille Lacs)

Join us for the 2016 PICCKM 4-H Summer Camp!  Take part in teambuilding activities, crafts, swimming, educational learning opportunities and more!

Find full details and registration information on the PICCKM Camp website.

Southwest Minnesota 4-H Camp

Three days of fun include: swimming, interactive camp tracks, evening campfires and fun camp counselors along with great food and fun cabin life!

Return completed registration form with payment to:

University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office
Attention: Judy Leibfried
1424 E. College Drive, Suite 100
Marshall, MN 56258

Contact: Karen Beranek,

4-H Camp CSI

4-H: CSI (Camp Scene Investigators) is a residential camp for youth in grades 3 - 6. Camp tracks for this year include: Murder We Wrote, Inspector Gadget, Crime Scene Investigators, Forensic Art, Kitchen Detectives and Scene of the Crime! Campers will have a camp experience like no other! The educational and recreational program offerings enhance the experience through a rewarding opportunity uniquely situated in a fun setting.


Shooting Sports and Wildlife Camp

Explore the disciplines of MN 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program with Certified Instructors.  Disciplines include archery, air rifle, air pistol, BB Gun and Wildlife.  Hours that are experienced at camp will count as on the line safety training and wildlife hours for eligibility at the MN 4-H State Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational.

Bay Lake 4-H Camp

Enjoy this week-long island adventure filled with swimming, boating, games, campfires and other fun activities and challenges. Campers will stay in cabins with trained high school counselors. Transportation to and from the Twin Cities is provided. Deadline to sign up is May 1. Sign up early, space is limited!

Visit our camp webpage or download the Bay Lake 4-H Camp brochure (PDF) for full camp details, registration instructions and information about enrolling in 4-H.

Camping resources

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Project leader resources

Other online resources


Rebecca Meyer,, 1-888-241-0724 (ext. 6467)

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