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. You do not need to be a 4-H member to attend. Age requirements vary by camp. Non 4-H members will need to complete a short-term enrollment form and turn it in with registration materials.
Work with University professors doing hands-on activities in animal science, natural resources, creative writing and bookbinding, astronomy, welding, aviation, horticulture, marketing, and more! See what itís like to be college student - stay on campus! Make new 4-H friends from northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota!
- Who: Youth grades 6 - 8. New counselors & returning counselors grades 9 - 12
- Where: University of Minnesota Crookston campus
- When: June 3-5
- Time/start/end: June 3, 1 p.m. - June 5, 1 p.m. (tentative)
- Cost: $125
- Registration deadline: May 21 (Registrations are due to the Regional Office by this date; county deadline may be earlier.)
For more information contact Margo Bowerman, 218-281-8695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
McLeod County 4-H summer programs
Throughout June and July, McLeod County 4-H offers a variety of camps and programs for youth of all ages. You can take part in traditional day camps or let your creativity shine in paint and Pinterest parties. Learn about nature or engineering, insects or agriculture. You can learn the basics of quilting and sewing and even join an etiquette lunch-in! Locations, age limits and costs vary by program (some are free!). Download the program flyer to learn more about all the opportunities, then complete and submit the registration form.
- Who: Most camps are open to youth who have completed grade 3 or above, but some are open to younger children, too.
- Where: Locations vary.
- When: All programs take place between June 12 and July 25.
- Time/start/end: Some programs are short (1½ hours), some last half a day.
- Cost: Programs range in cost from free up to $25. Some require purchase of materials.
For more information contact Jill Grams, 320-484-4305, 800-587-0770 or email@example.com.
Goin' for Green summer camp
Join other 4-H members and non-members from Carver, McLeod, Sibley and Scott counties at this Olympic-themed camp! Activities include winter Olympic games, cabin challenges, water Olympics, camp fires, educational sessions, scavenger hunts, evening programs and more!
- Who: Youth who have completed grades 3-6
- Where: Camp Patterson in Madison Lake
- When: June 9-11
- Time/start/end: 10 a.m. on June 9 - 10 a.m. on June 11
- Cost: $80 for 4-H members, $85 for non-members
- Registration deadline: May 16 (Registrations postmarked after May 16 will incur a $5 late fee.)
- Register: Download and complete the registration form.
Registration is limited to 100 campers and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Doug Kasel at the Andover Regional office: 763-767-3839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel through time at Wright County 4-H residence camp!
Join us for an overnight camp filled with hands-on learning, crafts, games, swimming, campfires, and more! This year’s camp has a “time travel” theme, so we will be visiting the Wild West, the 1920s, the 1980s, the 3000s, and more!!!
- Who: This is a 4-night/5-day experience for older youth (grades 5-8) and a 2-night/3-day camp for younger campers (grades 2-4).
- Where: Sherburne County 4-H Camp Facilities in the Sand Dunes State Forest near Zimmerman.
Grades 5-8: Sunday, June 15, 7 p.m.- Thursday, June 19, 4 p.m.
Grades 2-4: Tuesday, June 17, 12 noon - Thursday, June 19, 4 p.m.
- Cost: Grades 5-8: $65 for 4-H members, $130 for non-members.
Grades 2-4: $45 for 4-H members, $90 for non-members
- Earlybird registration deadline is May 30 ($5 discount on camp fee). Registrations after May 30 will be accepted as space allows.
For more information contact Nick Neaton, 763-682-7394 or email@example.com.
Science Seekers 4-H camp
Youth in 3rd-6th grades are invited to attend the 2014 Science Seekers 4-H Camp. Campers will choose from among 6 tracks:
- Sewing Genius (sewing)
- 3…2…1…Liftoff! (aerospace)
- Lights! Camera! Action! (photography)
- Whatís Up, Doc? (health and exercise)
- Extreme Engineers (building roller coasters)
- Growing Green (plants)
This is a three-day and two-night camping experience held at the University of Minnesota Morris Campus. Campers will have 7 hours of track time, small group experiences and lots of fun, while building new friendships.
- Who: Open to all youth who have completed grades 3, 4, 5 or 6.
- Where: University of Minnesota Morris campus
- When: June 17-19
- Cost: $140 for 4-H members, $160 for friends of 4-H
- Registration deadline: May 30
For more information contact Brian McNeill, 320-589-1711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PICCKMW Regional Summer Camp
PICCKMW (Pine, Isanti, Carlton, Chisago, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Washington Counties) Camp is open to all youth that have completed grades 4-8. At this traditional residential camp, youth participate in activities such as crafts, swimming, songs, campfire, recreation, and more.
- Who: Open to all youth who have completed grades 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8
- Where: Norway Point Campgrounds located East of Hinckley, MN
- When: June 23-25
- Time: 6 p.m. on Monday, June 23 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25.
- Cost: $85
- Registration deadline: June 10
For more information contact Lorelei Finley, email@example.com.
Shooting Sports & Wildlife camp, Northern Minnesota
Attendees of this camp will participate in fishing, wildlife activities, range time, canoeing/kayaking/paddle boarding, swimming, outdoor cooking and many more fun camp activities. Activities in this camp will count as on-line training and wildlife eligibility for the 4-H State Shoot.
- Who: Youth, grades 3-8; Counselors (new and returning), grades 9-12
- Where: Lake Bronson State Park
- When: August 7-8, 2014
- Time: August 7, 10 a.m. - August 8, 1 p.m. (tentative)
- Cost: Early bird (June 30): $50; July 1-August 1: $55
- Registration deadline: Early bird: June 30; general deadline: August 1
For more information contact Margo Bowerman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 small engines:
- Outdoor Adventures 1 - Camping Adventures ($3.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
Some experience with this project:
- Outdoor Adventures 2 - Camping Adventures ($3.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
Looking for a challenge:
- Outdoor Adventures 3 - Backpacking Expeditions ($3.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
Project leader resources
- Outdoor Adventures - Helper's Guide ($3.95 Find this in the 4-H Mall)
- Outdoor Adventures - Set of 4 ($15.40 Find this in the 4-H Mall
Other online resources
Rebecca Meyer, email@example.com, 1-888-241-0724 (ext. 6467)