4-H Summer Camp

2017 4-H Summer Camp Information

Lincoln County will be camping with Taylor, Portage and Waupaca Counties.  See registration information below.  Registrations for camp are due by May 15th.

Junior Camp (June 9 – 10th)

The purpose of Junior Camp is for youth (open to 4-H and non 4-H youth) in 2nd – 4th grade to gain life skills through hands-on activities, experience nature, meet and interact with other youth, and work in group settings.

Bus transportation is provided for all campers/counselors/adults to the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. The bus leaves early afternoon on Friday, June 9 and returns early evening on Saturday, June 10.

Campers have the opportunity to participate in lots of cool camp activities such as:

  • Nature Hikes and other nature activities
  • Wild & Wet Waterfront Activities
  • Awesome Campfires with Skits, Songs, and Stories
  • Imaginative Arts & Crafts
  • Cabin Dwelling
  • Small and Large group games

Location:  The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/cwes/Pages/default.aspx) is a 200-acre teaching and learning center located 17 miles east of Stevens Point on glacial Sunset Lake.

Intermediate Camp (June 29th – July 1st) The purpose of Intermediate Camp is for youth (open to 4-H and non 4-H youth) in 5th – 8th grade to gain life skills through hands-on activities, experience nature, meet and interact with other youth, and work in group settings.

Bus transportation is provided for all campers/counselors/adults to Upham Woods Environmental Education Center in Wisconsin Dells. The bus leaves before noon on Thursday, June 29 and returns early afternoon Saturday, July 1.

Campers have the opportunity to participate in great camp activities such as:

  • Adventurous Nature Hikes and Activities
  • Dynamic Group Games
  • Wild & Wet Waterfront Activities
  • Awesome Campfires with Skits, Songs, and Stories
  • Imaginative Arts & Crafts
  • Cabin Dwelling

Location: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center (http://fyi.uwex.edu/uphamwoods/) provides educational opportunities through programs focused on environmental and leadership education.

2017 4H Member Camp Registration

2017 Youth Not in 4-H Camp Registration

Interested in being part of the 2018 4-H Camp Staff?!?! 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 9th grade or older
  • Willingness to be creative, energetic and compassionate
  • Ability to lead and support others

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS(You may apply for more than one position.)

a.   JUNIOR CAMP DIRECTOR: Responsible for program/theme planning with camp committee.  Responsible for the day-to-day large group activities – including but not limited to: Flag Raising/Lowering, Campfire, Camp Games, Evening Activities, other camp programming and additional assignments with campers or general camp operation as needed, requested by adult camp staff.  You can choose to be a junior director for both camps or one camp (please indicate in your cover letter).  Please remember to include any qualifications and/or certifications do you may have in your resume.  

b.    CABIN COUNSELORS: Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of up to 10 campers.  Responsible for escorting campers to and from all scheduled activities and assisting or participating in activities.  Responsible for events including but not limited to: flag raising/lowering, campfire, camp games, evening activities, and other camp programming.  You can choose to be a counselor for both camps or one camp (please indicate in your cover letter).  Please remember to include any qualifications and/or certifications do you may have in your resume.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Applications are due November 1 as part of the part of the Older Youth Opportunities Resume Process (see the 2016-2017 Older Youth Opportunities Resume Guide).
  2. Attend Camp Counselor Training on date and time to be determined

Summer 2016 4-H Camp Information

The Lincoln County UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Program and the 4-H Leaders’ Association has works with Taylor County 4-H, Waupaca County 4-H and Portage County 4-H to plan a fun filledIMG_3261 camp for all youth in Lincoln County (4-H and non 4-H).  4-H Camp is a great way to make new friends, experience new adventures, learn cooperation, learn life skills and pass on knowledge to others.  4-H camps offer new and different opportunities and activities.

Hiking! Swimming! Campfires! New Friends!

If you or your child has never experienced the joys of 4-H Camp, you may be asking yourself:

“Do you have to be in 4-H to go to 4-H Camp?” ~ NO!

Is 4-H camp fun?” ~ Most Definitely!

                “Do we play a lot of games at 4-H Camp?” ~ Of course we do!

But don’t forget to also ask yourself:

“Does 4-H camp teach life skills?”~ Absolutely!

Like other 4-H projects and activities, 4-H camp is centered around the idea of providing youth a fun, hands-on environment to build and strengthen valuable life skills.  According to a large research study by the American Camp Association, summer camps positively affect children in the following ways:

  • Youth become more confident and experience increased self-esteem.
  • Youth develop more social skills that help them make new friends.
  • Youth grow more independent and show more leadership qualities
  • Youth become more adventurous and willing to try new things.*

 A Virginia study suggested that a primary benefit of 4-H Camp participation is related to:  RESPONSIBILITY

Youth report: “becoming more independent and capable of self-care.”

Adults report: “youth taking care of their own things, sharing work responsibilities, and taking initiative on their own.”**

Camp is another great way 4-H enables youth to learn and practice skills to be productive citizens.

2016 4-H Camp Opportunities

  • Junior Camp will take place June 10-11, 2016 at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station in Amherst for youth who have completed 2nd – 4th. 
  • Intermediate Camp will take place June 18-20, 2016 at Camp Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells for youth who have completed 5th – 8th.

2016 Summer Camp Registration:

 

 

4-H Intermediate Camp

The purpose of Intermediate Camp is for 4-H youth in 5th – 8th grade to gain life skills through hands-on activities, experience nature, meet and interact with other youth, and work in group settings.

Bus transportation is provided for all campers/counselors/adults to Upham Woods Environmental Education Center in Wisconsin Dells. The bus leaves before noon on Saturday, June 18 and returns early afternoon Monday, June 20.

Campers have the opportunity to participate in great camp activities such as:

  • Adventurous Nature Hikes and Activities
  • Dynamic Group Games
  • Wild & Wet Waterfront Activities
  • Awesome Campfires with Skits, Songs, and Stories
  • Imaginative Arts & Crafts
  • Cabin Dwelling

Location: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center (http://fyi.uwex.edu/uphamwoods/) provides educational opportunities through programs focused on environmental and leadership education.   Operating since 1941, Upham Woods is a model residential outdoor learning center, managed by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The center sits on a prime location on the Wisconsin River, two miles north of the Wisconsin Dells, offering an excellent “river classroom” to study both the natural and cultural history of Wisconsin. The center rests on 310 total acres of forested land, including a 210-acre island called “Blackhawk Island.” The facility consists of 14 buildings including a fully equipped nature center and a raptor enclosure housing educational birds of prey.  Upham Woods offers a safe, inclusive, and engaging environment that encourages youth development and mastery through independent and community-building outdoor learning activities.  Through exploration of the natural environment, outdoor land and water pursuits, and our low element challenge course, 4-H campers gain unforgettable experiences learning about the natural world, themselves and each other!

Programs meet the goals, essential elements and foundational topics of 4-H Youth Development principles. Upham Woods programming features youth leadership and life skills development opportunities that build on the 4-H goals of:

  • Competence in lifetime skills
  • Confidencein self and others
  • Connection with nature, 4-H leaders, and fellow 4-H’ers
  • Caringfor the environment, themselves, their peers and leaders
  • Characterfor today’s experiences and tomorrow’s challenges

 

2016 Summer Camp Registration:

 

4-H Junior Camp

The purpose of Junior Camp is for 4-H youth in 2nd – 4th grade to gain life skills through hands-on activities, experience nature, meet and interact with other youth, and work in group settings.

Bus transportation is provided for all campers/counselors/adults to the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. The bus leaves early afternoon on Friday, June 10 and returns early evening on Saturday, June 20.

Campers have the opportunity to participate in lots of cool camp activities such as:

  • Nature Hikes and other nature activities
  • Wild & Wet Waterfront Activities
  • Awesome Campfires with Skits, Songs, and Stories
  • Imaginative Arts & Crafts
  • Cabin Dwelling
  • Small and Large group games

Location:  The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/cwes/Pages/default.aspx) is a 200-acre teaching and learning center located 17 miles east of Stevens Point on glacial Sunset Lake. Since 1975, we have been an integral part of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point College of Natural Resources program and is staffed with professional natural resource and environmental educators.  Their Mission is to foster in adults and youth the appreciation, understanding, skill development, and motivation needed to help them build a sustainable balance between the environment, economy, and community.

 

2016 Summer Camp Registration:

 

More details about our camping programs:

Camping opportunities are sponsored by the Lincoln County 4-H Organization as an outreach program for youth countywide.  4-H Youth Leaders and Adult Volunteers plan and lead youth in camp activities.  The camp program is developed with guidance from the 4-H and Youth Development Program, Lincoln County UW-Extension.

There is a camp first aid person on duty who is a volunteer with first aid and/or nursing training. Campers will be under the direct supervision of older youth counselors (grades 9 and above) and/or adults. The ratio of adults to youth participants is 1:10 or less. Adult Advisors are active 4-H volunteers that have completed the youth protection process. Adult Advisors assist by monitoring youth activities, possibly leading activities, and assisting with camp operations. Participants will eat in the camp cafeteria; sleep in a bunk bed in a cabin or large dorm room with other campers and counselors of the same gender and use a restroom with private showers. Adult Advisors are assigned to sleeping areas in the same buildings, but separate areas from the campers.  During camp, adults and youth will participate in large and small group activities which may involve any of the following: discussion, writing, reading aloud, problem solving, arts and crafts, singing, swimming a lake, canoeing, hiking, walking, role plays or skits, running, dancing, climbing stairs, standing or sitting for long periods, outdoor/indoor games, or having personal contact with other participants. A certified lifeguard will be on duty for swimming and canoeing activities. Life jackets are required and provided by camp for canoeing and a swim test needs to be passed to swim in certain depths of water. Please be aware that because of the nature of camp activities, some of them may involve an element of risk but the participant will also be taught safety procedures. We hope you can join us at camp this summer!

 

* American Camp Association (2005). Directions: Youth Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience. Martinsville, IN: American Camp Association. Retrieved March 10, 2006, from  http://acacamps.org/research/research_book.pdf

** Garst, B. A. & Bruce, F. A. (2003). Identifying 4-H Outcomes Using a Standardized Evaluation Process Across Multiple 4-H Educational Centers. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech. Retrieved March 10, 2006 from http://www.joe.org/joe/2003june/rb2/shtml

 

In the news:

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Sunny popcorn bars

4-H Summer Camp Campers and Camp Counselors with the community service project they made: Tie Blankets

4-H Summer Camp Campers and Camp Counselors with the community service project they made: Tie Blankets