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What is 4-H Camp?

  • It's youth challenging themselves on a ropes course, braiding a friendship bracelet, swimming in a lake, learning a line dance, and becoming lifelong friends with their cabinmates.
  • It's counselors leading a nature hike, knowing the words to all the songs, creating the best skits at the campfire, and making a homesick camper smile.
  • It's 4-H professionals training teen counselors, recruiting adult volunteers, purchasing supplies, and setting the stage for a camper's memory of the best week of the summer.
  • Its camping facilities featuring hands-on outdoor education, adventure, and challenges that develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills in young people

Here's what Ohio 4-H Campers had to say after their camping experiences in 2019:

  • 96% either agreed or strongly agreed that they had someone to look up to at camp
  • 97% said they made a new friend at camp
  • 94% indicated that they learned something new
  • 97% said they will recommend camp to their friends
  • 98% want to return to camp next year

 Ohio 4-H Camp Impact Report (2019)

Camp Counselors

Camp Counselors are provided with a fun and intensive application and training process including:

  • Application (deadline November 15)
  • Interview (conducted in December)
  • Training that begins in January (tentatively every other Monday evening)
    • a required minimum of 14 hours of training for day camp counselors
    • a required minimum of 24 hours of training for day camp counselors

2023 4-H Summer Camp Opportunities

Online Registration

Opens April 15, 2023, at 7:00 a.m.!

A $25 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration.

Cloverbud Day Camp: June 13 & 14, 2023

  Location: New Russia Township Lodge

  Cost: $50

  Ages: 5-9 years old

Sewing Camp: June 13-15, 2023

  Location: New Russia Township Lodge

  Cost: $30

  Ages: 9-14 years old

 Jr. 4-H Day Camp: June 20-22, 2023

  Location: AMVETS Post 32 11087 Middle Ave, Elyria, OH 44035 

  Cost: $75

  Ages: 9-13 years old or in the 8th grade

Jr. Residential Camp: July 3-7, 2023

  Location: Erie County 4-H camp on Kelleys Island 

  Cost: $230

  Ages: 9-13 years old or in the 8th grade


  I love 4-H Camp

Camp Scholarship Opportunities

To ensure ALL youth have the opportunity to attend 4-H summer camp, Lorain County 4-H Endowment offers partial scholarships!  Scholarship amounts vary each year based on the funds available.   

4-H Camp Scholarship Application- deadline April 14, 2023

If your 4-H'er may need financial assistance beyond a partial scholarship, don't hesitate to get in touch with the 4-H office for additional information.  


Additional Camp Information

Cloverbud Day Camp


Jr Camp on Kelleys Island



Camp Forms 

Health History Form (Fillable Form)

Member Code of Conduct