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Camping

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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.

2017 camps

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

June

4-H Southeast Regional Summer 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!

Northern Pines 4-H Summer Camp

This exciting 3 day, 2 night camp experience will give youth many opportunities to meet new friends, learn new things, share talents and ideas, and most of all have some fun!  Our 2017 Summer Camp has a Survivor theme and will feature many activities including hands-on workshops, outdoor recreation, nature activities, adventure games, archery, canoeing, swimming, crafts, evening campfires, BB gun instruction, and more!

The camp is staffed 24 hours a day by University of Minnesota Extension staff, screened 4-H volunteers and trained teen 4-H counselors.

Superhero Adventure! in Stearns County

Come and explore what 4-H Camp is all about!  Experience all the adventure and excitement we can pack into three days!  You’ll be introduced to our camp traditions and favorite activities, including waterfront activities, crafts, games, challenge course and much more! 

Bring a non-4-H friend with you or make new ones!  Summer Camp is open to all 4-H’ers and non 4-H’ers that have completed grades 3-5 (Camp I) & 6-8 (Camp II).  Flyers will be emailed out to 4-H members for registration this spring or call 320-255-6169 to register! Cost is $75 for 3 days/2 nights.

Anoka County 4-H Camps at Camp Salie in Linwood Township

Choose day camp, overnight camp, or both. Each camp offers different activities, so sign up for one or all. Deadline to sign up for any of these Camp Salie choices is Friday, June 2, 2017.

4-H Day Camps: A great first-time camping experience for younger children!

Campers finishing grades K-5 join us for a day-long burst of camping fun!  Enjoy a variety of crafts, silly songs, and wacky games with the awesome counselors, and take part in exciting outdoor activities such as a hike on the boardwalk to try and catch a glimpse of Camp Salie wildlife, parachute games, and popular nature games.

Three day camp choices: June 15, June 27 or June 29

4-H Overnight Camps: Choose a 1-night camp, a 3-night camp or both!

Three nights at Camp Salie: Join us for exciting project learning adventures while exploring Camp Salie’s awesome surroundings! Come and enjoy the beautiful pine forest, lake, evening campfires, crafts, fun with friends and your favorite wacky camp counselors. Where else but 4-H Camp Salie can you experience water balloon volleyball, a hike on the boardwalk, capture the flag, and adventure games all in one day!

One night at Camp Salie: This one-night camp is perfect for the first-time camper or youth who can’t get enough of Camp Salie fun! Campers will enjoy two action-packed days of games, nature activities, craft projects and of course the great 4-H camp counselors who will be with them for every exciting moment!

For more information and to sign up for any of these Camp Salie experiences, download this camp brochure, or contact the Anoka County Extension Office, 763-755-1280.

PICCKM Regional Summer Camp at Norway Point Camp, St. Croix State Park (east of Hinckley)

Experience the fun and excitement of PICCKM+ Regional 4-H Summer Camp!  PICCKM+ joins youth from Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Carlton, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs Counties as well as surrounding areas for three days of friendship, games, laughter and learning.

Southwest Minnesota 4-H Camp on Lake Shetek

Ready....Set....ADVENTURE! at 4-H Camp! This 4-H Residential Camp is held at Shetek Lutheran Ministries Camp on Lake Shetek. This full service facility offers cabins, a full menu of great food, and a wide variety of recreational activities including swimming, canoeing and campfires! There will be four fun tracks offered during camp. Each track offers different topics and varied program lessons. Campers will participate in two tracks of their choice. 

Track options:
Each track offers

Regional 4-H Camp at University of Minnesota Morris campus

The 2017 4-H Regional Camp is a unique camping opportunity for any youth in grades 3-6 (2016.2017 school year).  This educational and recreational program offering enhances the experience through a rewarding opportunity uniquely situated in a natural setting.  Camp is held at a full service facility that offers top quality dorms, a full menu of great food, and a wide variety of recreational activities!

Camp tracks for this year include: Amazing Art, Avengers Assemble, Exciting Energy, Kapow! Kitchen Fun, Super Stitchers, Villains and Video.  Each camper will have the opportunity to explore one of these superhero themed tracks learning about various 4-H project areas while incorporating a lot of fun!

Dinosaur Detectives Day Camps in Stearns County

Have a RAWRing good time with 4-H this summer as campers become Dinosaur Detectives through hands-on experiments and fun! Make new friends as we dig deeper with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) to explore, craft, play games and investigate the ancient world of dinosaurs. Songs and a dino-inspired snack will also be part of this incredible 4-H Day Camp Adventure.

All campers are asked to wear sunscreen, bring a bag lunch for the noon meal and water bottle.

Shooting Sports and Wildlife day camp in Pine County

A fun and exciting 3-day camp is set for youth in grades 3 and up. If you are looking to meet new friends who share your interests in shooting sports and wildlife, come join us the end of June. Three days of wildlife activities, games, projects and nature hikes through the woods. Bring your own lunch each day and enjoy the adventure-packed activities we've planned for you. The camp is staffed by University of Minnesota screened adult 4-H volunteers.

July

Dinosaur Detectives Day Camps in Stearns County

Have a RAWRing good time with 4-H this summer as campers become Dinosaur Detectives through hands-on experiments and fun! Make new friends as we dig deeper with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) to explore, craft, play games and investigate the ancient world of dinosaurs. Songs and a dino-inspired snack will also be part of this incredible 4-H Day Camp Adventure.

All campers are asked to wear sunscreen, bring a bag lunch for the noon meal and water bottle.

August

Dinosaur Detectives Day Camps in Stearns County

Have a RAWRing good time with 4-H this summer as campers become Dinosaur Detectives through hands-on experiments and fun! Make new friends as we dig deeper with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) to explore, craft, play games and investigate the ancient world of dinosaurs. Songs and a dino-inspired snack will also be part of this incredible 4-H Day Camp Adventure.

All campers are asked to wear sunscreen, bring a bag lunch for the noon meal and water bottle.

Bay Lake Camp

Bay Lake 4-H Camp is a fun camping experience for youth in grades 4-8. This rustic camp is located on an island in Deerwood, MN. Campers from all over the Twin Cities enjoy a week filled with fun challenges, leadership and team building experiences, and exciting hands-on activities.

Activities include:  

Camping resources

Beginning to learn about camping:

Some experience with this project:

Looking for a challenge:

Project leader resources

Other online resources

Contact

Rebecca Meyer, meyer178@umn.edu, 1-888-241-0724 (ext. 6467)


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