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4-H camps provide youth with guided outdoor learning opportunities and classic camp experiences including water recreation, arts & crafts, archery, team competitions, campfires and more.

Campers build critical life skills like confidence, independence and resiliency as they select activities connected to their interests and try things that are new and challenging. Youth are encouraged to sign up with friends and be open to building new relationships too.

All youth are welcome at 4-H camps; please note that grade requirements and activities vary.

4-H camp participants must enroll 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.

Four 4-H youth in a camp setting


2018 4-H Camps

Dates, Grade levels
(2017-18 school year)
Cost, Registration deadline Registration information & Contact

4-H Camp at Whitewater State Park in southeast Minnesota

Campers spend three days and two nights enjoying swimming, hiking, nature activities, games, arts & crafts, music, educational programs, great food, cabin life, reflective campfires and more! Throughout camp, you will experience and learn leadership, teamwork, cooperation and self-responsibility, while making healthy lifestyle choices.

June 18-20 (Grades 6-8)
June 20-22 (Grades 3-5)

Earlybird rate: $75/camper (register by May 1)
Regular rate: $95 (register after May 1, before June 1)

Download camp description/registration form

Nicole Pokorney,

4-H Camp on University of Minnesota Morris in west-central Minnesota

This is a unique camping opportunity held at a full service facility with top quality dorms, a full menu of great food, and a wide variety of recreational activities. Campers will have time in educational tracks of their choice, color group competitions, and large group activities including speakers, games, evening programs, and campfires!

June 19-21 (Grades 3-6)

Registration open from February 1 - May 10

Register here

Brian McNeill,

4-H PICCKM Camp at St. Croix State Park (East of Hinckley)

From wildlife, to environmental sciences, to STEM, 4-H Summer Camp will expand your child's knowledge in a fun, safe, and wholesome camping environment.

June 25-27 (Grades 4-8)

Earlybird rate: $100/camper (postmarked by June 1)
Regular rate: $140 (postmarked after June 1; registration may be turned away due to space limitations)

Download camp description/registration form

Laura Ambrose,

4-H Camp at Bay Lake in Deerwood, Minnesota

This rustic camp is located on an island in Deerwood, Minnesota. Campers from all over the Minnesota enjoy a week filled with fun challenges, leadership and team building experiences, and exciting hands-on activities.

August 6-10 (Grades 4-8)

$395 for active 4-H members
$420 for non-4-H club members

Find full details and how to sign up on the Ramsey County 4-H website.

Alneida Madrigal,

Camping resources

Beginning to learn about camping:

Some experience with this project:

Looking for a challenge:

Project leader resources

Other online resources

Camp counselor resources

The Minnesota 4-H Camp Counselor Handbook and other camp program resources is available on the staff intranet.


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

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