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 participate?
All youth are welcome! (Note that grade/age requirements will vary by camp.)
4-H camp participants must complete the 4-H enrollment process (prior or current 4-H enrollment is not required). Learn more about 4-H enrollment here.
Information about 4-H camping events in 2015 will be posted as we receive it. Camps are listed below, as much as possible, in the order they'll take place. This information will also be posted on individual county Extension office pages.
Work alongside University of Minnesota faculty in a variety of topics, using university resources! Engage in hands-on activities in animal science, natural resources, business, science and mathematics, and more! See what it’s like to be college student – stay on campus for 3 days and 2 nights! Meet students and faculty at the University of Minnesota Crookston! Make new 4-H friends from northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota!
- Who: Youth in grades 6 - 8.
- Where: University of Minnesota Crookston
- When: Tuesday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. to Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m.
- Cost: $125
- Registration deadline: May 22
- Contact: Margo Bowerman at email@example.com or 218-281-8695.
Anoka County Camp Salie
Camp Salie is located in Linwood Township and has hiking trails through wetlands, mature forests, a recreation hall, cabins and more. 4-H Camp Salie programs encourage campers to enjoy nature, make new friends and have fun! 2015 summer camp offerings include both overnight camping and day camping experiences, including a free family day camp.
Family day camp
This is a FREE opportunity for families to have a mini-camp experience including games, hands-on craft, engaging in nature, a delicious lunch and more! Tour the facility and meet camp staff
- Who: Youth and adults of all ages
- When: Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Cost: Free
- Registration deadline: May 6
Summer day camps
- Who: Campers finishing grades K-5
- Dates: June 18, June 30 and July 2 (Sign up for one date or more)
- Cost: Anoka County 4-H members: $15, non-members: $20
- Registration deadline: June 6
4-day overnight camp
- Who: Campers finishing grades 2-6
- Dates & times: 9 a.m. June 23 - 5 p.m. June 26
- Cost: Anoka County 4-H members: $130, non-members: $150
- Registration deadline: June 6
2-day overnight camp
- Who: Campers finishing grades 1-6
- Dates & times: 9 a.m. June 30 - 5 p.m. July 1
- Cost: Anoka County 4-H members: $50, non-members: $60
- Registration deadline: June 6
Download this flyer for registration information and more details about all the 4-H Camp Salie experiences listed above, or contact Anoka County 4-H at 763-755-1280.
PICCKM Regional Camp (Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Carlton, Kanabec & Mille Lacs)
Experience the fun and excitement of 4-H Regional Summer Camp! At camp, youth will sing silly camp songs, sleep in cabins, enjoy a s'more at campfire, go swimming, make awesome crafts, and so much more.
- Who: Youth grades 4 - 8.
- Where: Norway Point Campgrounds, St. Croix State Park
- When: Monday, June 22 at 6 p.m. to Wednesday, June 24 at 5 p.m.
- Cost: $85
- Registration deadline: June 10
- Contact: University of Minnesota Extension, Brainerd Regional Office
Out of this World Camp
This exciting three day, two night 4-H camp is held on the beautiful University of Minnesota Morris campus. Participants will experience large and small group activities, a variety of 5 educational tracks, time with trained 4-H camp counselors, swimming, a campfire each evening and experiencing life in college dorms.
- Who: Youth in grades 3-6
- Where: University of Minnesota Morris Campus
- When: Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, June 25
- Cost: 4-H members $140.00 and friends of 4-H $160.00
- Registration deadline: May 29
- Contact: University of Minnesota Extension, Morris Regional Office or Brian McNeill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Benton is an overnight camp beaming with activities! A new theme every year, to be determined for 2015. Like always at Camp Benton there will be games, recreation, dancing, swimming, campfires, skits, canoeing, adventures and more.
- Who: Camp 1: Grades 3-5; Camp 2: Grades 6-8
- Where: Sherburne County Camp, Sand Dunes State Forest, Big Lake/Zimmerman
Camp 1: Monday, July 6 to Wednesday, July 8. (Buses depart from the Benton County Extension office in Foley at 10:15 on July 6 and return at 1:15 on July 8.)
Camp 2: Wednesday, July 8 to Friday, July 10. (Buses depart from the Benton County Extension office in Foley at 10:15 on July 8 and return at 1:15 on July 10.)
- Cost: $75
- Registration deadline: June 26
- Contact: Benton County Extension office
Shooting Sports and Wildlife Camp
Explore the disciplines of the MN 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program with certified instructors in Archery, Air Rifle, Air Pistol or BB Gun and Wildlife. Camp may also include Canoe/Paddleboard/Kayaks, Swimming, Fishing, ATV Safety and 4-H Camp fun! Hours at camp will count as on-line training and wildlife hours for eligibility at the MN 4-H State Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational.
- Who: Youth who have just completed 3 - 8 grades
- Where: Lake Bronson State Park
- When: Thursday, July 30 at 10 a.m. to Friday, July 31 at 3 p.m.
- Cost: $60
- Registration deadline: June 1
- Contact: Sandi Weiland, Roseau County 4-H program coordinator and shooting sports & wildlife camp director, email@example.com - 218-463-1052, or Margo Bowerman, Extension educator, firstname.lastname@example.org - 218-281-8695.
Our theme this year is "Call of the Wild."
- Who: Youth in grades 3 through 5 (and new and returning counselors)
- Where: Faith Haven Bible Camp, Battle Lake
- When: Monday, August 17 - Tuesday, August 18
- Registration deadline: August 10
- Contact: Tammy Nordick at email@example.com or 218-998-8760
Camp counselor training is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to be an effective camp counselor and leadership team member. Training topics include: role of camp counselor, theme and program development, recreation leadership, group facilitation, conflict resolution, outdoor environment and nature programming, and much more. More Info
- Dates vary by county and region. Check with your county offices for dates and locations.
4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info
Beginning to learn about camping:
- Outdoor Adventures 1 - Hiking Trails ($4.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
Some experience with this project:
- Outdoor Adventures 2 - Camping Adventures ($4.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
Looking for a challenge:
- Outdoor Adventures 3 - Backpacking Expeditions ($4.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
Project leader resources
- Outdoor Adventures - Helper's Guide ($4.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Outdoor Adventures - Set of 4 ($19.50 Find this in the 4-H Mall
Other online resources
Rebecca Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-888-241-0724 (ext. 6467)