4-H Summer Camp

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 boy with a horseAfter a year of many virtual  4-H club meetings and activities, NC 4-H camps will resume accepting campers and operate for summer camping for 2021, with covid-safety modifications. Catawba County will be camping at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp the week of June 20-25 and is accepting registrations for campers ages 8-12. It is not necessary to be in 4-H to attend camp. Teens who are ages 15-18, can apply to be a LIT or Leader in Training and work alongside a trained camp counselor for the camp week.

Betsy-Jeff Penn is located in Reidsville, NC. The camp is located on 200 acres that includes forested area, lakes, streams, natural wildlife along with well-designed camp facilities used by youth and groups year-round. Penn 4-H camp offers a traditional camp program with activities like swimming, horseback riding, ropes, and team building courses, archery, nature activities, climbing wall, and more. Camp provides youth with the chance to explore different outside activities, build their self-esteem as they try out new activities,  become more independent, build social skills, and make new friends. More information about the camp can be found on the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center website

Summer camp is a great option, especially after a year of limited social and outside activities for many youth due to COVID-19. Many of the camp activities are outside and additional COVID-19 modifications have also been added for this summer. Some of those modifications include reduced camp capacity, negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine with temperature checks prior to camp arrival, daily health checks with additional heath staff for this summer, and camp activities that allow youth to remain with their cabin group throughout the week.

 The cost to attend camp is $450 and includes all camp activities, meals, insurance, and even camp store money. A  $200 deposit is due at the time of registration with the remaining balance due May 1. Scholarships are available. 4-H’ers may also use scholarship money they have earned toward the cost of attending camp. Reduced pricing is available for teens accepted as LIT’s. The deadline to register is May 1 but spaces may fill before that time, so early registration is encouraged. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis. 

For more information or to register for 4-H summer camp, contact Donna Mull, Catawba County 4-H Agent, at 828-465-8240 or donna_mull@ncsu.edu