Iowa 4-H Camping

4-H campers having fun


 2014 State 4-H Camps--Start Your Adventure Here!

Adventures in nature are only part of the experiences young people will have at 4-H camps at the Iowa 4-H Center and locally across the state this summer. In addition to Regional and County-led camps, the ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H program is offering summer fun to youth from across the state at four special-themed camps at the 4-H Center near Madrid.

  • June 14-18: State 4-H Leadership Camp
  • June 28-July 2: 4-H Veterinary and Animal Science Camp
  • July 6-10: 4-H STEM Catalysts Camp
  • August 2-6: 4-H Healthy, Green, and Growing Camp

These statewide camps are for young people grades 5-8 in the 2013-14 school year. While learning about the special theme of the camp, campers will live in a camp community for five days and four nights, enjoying traditional camp favorites like swimming, canoeing, hiking, climbing, and campfires. Download the promotional flyer for the camps here.

2014 State 4-H Camp Information and FAQs
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Be a Counselor-In-Training at State 4-H Camps this summer

The 4-H Camp Counselor-In-Training Program is designed to enhance the development of leadership skills in young people (grades 9-12 in the 2013-2014 school year) through experiential-based training and service.  It is an opportunity for you to build on your 4-H or other youth organization experience by sharing your talents and energy with 4-H campers from counties across the state.

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Iowa 4-H camping experiences give kids

  • A safe outdoor environment for learning, having fun, and being creative
  • A chance to be with caring, trained adults
  • A living-learning community

    • Resident camps where kids stay overnight in cabins, tents, or under the stars
    • Day camps where outdoor creativity, activity and learning take place over the course of several days
  • Group and individual time to have fun and learn together
  • A learning “laboratory” to practice life skills while exploring nature

Why have a 4-H camping adventure?

  • Research shows that youth campers benefit in a host of ways, from being smarter, to being more cooperative, to having better overall health.
  • 4-H camp activities are led and supervised by Iowa State 4-H staff and trained adult and teen volunteers.
  • Like all 4-H programs, Iowa 4-H camping is focused on the 4-H outcomes of developing productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners.


Because at Iowa 4-H camps, learning is part of the fun.


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