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Nebraska 4-H Youth Development offers a variety of day and overnight camps, which provide unique experiences that focus on life skills, including:

  • science exploration
  • leadership and citizenship skills
  • future career opportunities
  • healthy decision making
  • natural resources education

Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps are offered at two 4-H Camp Centers: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna and Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey. A variety of both day and overnight camps are available to youth ages 5-18. Each location offers a variety of themed camps, such as robotics, creativity, animal care, outdoor skills, and more! Each location also offers team building and challenge courses, shooting sports, aquatics, GPS, and more! Scholarships are available.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Big Red Camps are open to all youth in grades 10th-12th including recent high school graduates. Participants have the opportunity to explore the UNL campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have fun! During the week-long camps, youth work with UNL faculty to explore the topic of their particular camps, like filmmaking or crop science. Scholarships are available.

Many counties across the state offer local 4-H camps. For more information about 4-H camp opportunities in your community, please contact your local Extension office.


The purpose of 4-H camps is to provide youth with a fun, educational experiences in a safe, inclussive environment.


Youth do not need to be an enrolled 4-H member to participate in 4-H camping experiences.


4-H camps are offered in two primary experiences, including 4-H Summer Camps and Big Red Summer Academic Camps. 4-H Summer Camps are held at one of the two 4-H Camps Centers and offered in both day and overnight experiences. Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, or overnight camps, held on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus. 

Quality Standards

A high quality 4-H camping program:

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