Explorer Camps

Ages 8-11

Explorer Camps are designed for elementary ages. These sessions allow your younger camper the chance to explore many 4-H Camp activities and traditions. 4-H Camp increases self-esteem, fosters a love for the outdoors, and aids in the development of social skills needed in the real world through a variety of activities and experiences. Camp creates an atmosphere conducive to expanding interest, appreciation, and knowledge of the natural environment and natural sciences. Your camper will have an opportunity to learn about living, working, and playing together, as well as gaining respect for nature. At camp, the foundation to become a leader is established as campers have the opportunity to discover, learn, and grow! Your camper will have an opportunity to try out the zip line and work as a team on the T.R.U.S.T. Course. Building lasting relationships, fostering friendships, and positive adult interactions are key elements of camp as each camper leaves with a lifetime of memories!

Camp Schedule

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Kool Kravings

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Are you ready to get creative in the Kitchen? Join us for making, baking, and creating some fun foods that you can recreate at home! Not only will we spend time in the Kitchen, you will also experience activities you love at camp! End your session with a “Chopped” Challenge style competition complete with judges!

Session Number: 
705
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Tank the Niobrara, Tube the North Loup

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Cattle tanks aren’t just for the cows! This trip down the Niobrara in an eight-foot cattle tank will take you on the summer adventure you will be talking about all year. When we get done floating we will play in the waterfall at the Smith Falls State Park. We will end the day with an unforgettable campfire before we settle down in tents under the stars for the night. Cooking breakfast over the fire before heading back to camp to take a ride down the zip line or sail across the high wires will keep us busy. Not enough? Cool off while tubing down the river during the hot afternoon and zoom down our waterslide!

Session Number: 
402
Camp Location: 
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
Date: 
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$210
Standard Fee: 
$235

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Radical Reactions

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Did you ever dream of being a scientist, chemist, or even Albert Einstein? Perform science experiments and create some radical reactions! Let your imagination EXPLODE this week as we explore science!

Session Number: 
704
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$420
Standard Fee: 
$465

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Color Run - Color Fun

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

WATCH OUT!!! You won’t know when or where the next colored splash will come from. You can try to dodge, spin, jump or run, and still get splashed with color. There will be all kinds of color fun as you travel the camp’s trails. You will take a ride on the zip line where you may just end up splashed with color as your feet touch the ground. Will you be blue, green, yellow or red? Challenge yourself to new heights on the T.R.U.S.T. course, you might just end up looking like a rainbow before you are done. Pack those old clothes in your sack and get ready for a color-filled camp!

Session Number: 
403
Camp Location: 
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
Date: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00pm
Early Fee: 
$200
Standard Fee: 
$230

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Zooventures

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Investigate animals! This week is dedicated to discovering all things furry, scaly, and feathery! Slither your way to an exciting overnight trip sleeping at the African Grasslands in the Henry Doorly Zoo!

Session Number: 
706
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Summer Fun

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Don’t get the summertime blues! Come to camp and have a blast! Discover what camp is all about. You’ll get to experience fishing, canoeing, archery, riflery, swimming, crafts, the T.R.U.S.T. Course, campfires, and so much more! If you’re new to camp or looking for a great time, this is the session for you! Be ready to be a kid, be a little goofy, and be a camper. It’s EVERYTHING camp’s all about!

Session Number: 
404
Camp Location: 
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
Date: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:00pm
Early Fee: 
$200
Standard Fee: 
$230

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Rockin' Beach Party

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

We don’t have a beach, but we still know how to throw a rockin’ beach party here at 4-H. So bring your swim suits and get ready for water balloon tosses, water relays, and MORE! OH, don’t forget about our Beach Party EXTRAVAGANZA! You don’t want to miss it!

Session Number: 
707
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 3:00pm to Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$420
Standard Fee: 
$465

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

After such a hot summer, why not cool off?! Join us for a session of water-full activities including a trip to the Mahoney Aquatic Center!

Session Number: 
708
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:00pm to Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Platte River Mini Trip

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Spend your trip “roughin’ it” out in the wilderness at Platte River State Park! Here we will be tent camping, exploring the park, cooking our own meals, fishing, and enjoying everything that summer has to offer!

Session Number: 
709
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Two Rivers Mini Trip

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Spend your trip “roughin’ it” out in the wilderness at Two Rivers State Recreation Area! Here we will be tent camping, exploring the park, cooking our own meals, fishing, and enjoying everything that summer has to offer!

Session Number: 
710
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Artful Antics

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Campers will get a chance to learn acting, dancing, music, photography, and explore the world of creative arts! You will also get all of the camp experiences when you zip down the zip line or slide down our gigantic waterslide! This camp will have lots of opportunities to show off your creative side! Come join us for a week to be inspired!

Session Number: 
711
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Last Blast - River Blast

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Come experience the Middle Loup River in new ways. Join in on the 4 day river blast. Tug – of – War across the river, Romp & Stomp Beach Dance, River Volleyball. That’s not all – You will have to learn how to hold on to your tube during our bumper tube trip. You will also be taking part in the other camp activities like the zip line and T.R.U.S.T course. Bring on the SPLASH!!!!!

Session Number: 
409
Camp Location: 
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
Date: 
Monday, June 26, 2017 - 3:00pm to Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$200
Standard Fee: 
$230

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Imaginarium

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Let your imagination run wild as we use the world around us to spark a creative note! Explore the natural world and experience what happens when imagination becomes reality!

Session Number: 
712
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Girl Power!

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Calling all Girls! This session is for you! Prepare for a slumber party in the lodge and a night of spa refreshment. Don’t forget all the other awesome camp activities that you will get to do- zip line and waterslide, just to name a few!

Session Number: 
713
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Sandhillz Sampler

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Sample the best of what State 4-H Camp has to offer! Plan your customized camp schedule from a list of many possibilities including canoeing, tubing, kayaking, rappelling, climbing, fishing arts and shooting sports. Be ready to sing camp songs, play games, and get muddy playing Gau-Gau. Nights will be filled with skits, evening parties, outdoor movies, and campfires with s’mores. You have the freedom to choose what activities you want to do! This camp is truly what you make it!

Session Number: 
405
Camp Location: 
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
Date: 
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$200
Standard Fee: 
$230

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Boy Bash!

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

What’s better than going to camp with all your buddies? This week is for the boys. Infiltration, fishing, canoeing, and the rock wall will be sure to get your blood pumping! Experience camp just for boys!

Session Number: 
714
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Galactic Adventures

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Have you ever wondered what is out there? You’re not the only one! We will take a look out-of-this-world into space! To top it off, create your own rocket and take flight to the SAC Museum!

Session Number: 
715
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Big Cat Safari

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

We’re not “lion” when we say this is the best camp ever! You’ll spend a night at the Wildlife Safari Park and go on two “tortoisly” awesome guided tours to check out all the animals. Back at camp, our zipline will “giraffe” you crazy and our giant waterslide will get your “seal” of approval! You “otter” sign up today!

Session Number: 
716
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 3:00pm to Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Ultimate Girls Rock

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Join the girls for a slumber party at camp. Talk about a camp that will rock! We’ll experience outdoor adventure in style! How will we ever get that hairdo to last in a trip down the river or a ride down the zip line? (No hints!) There will be outdoor movies on the big screen around the campfire with star gazing and, of course, our famous dress-up slumber party. It’s always a camp full of surprises!

Session Number: 
406
Camp Location: 
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
Date: 
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$200
Standard Fee: 
$230

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Crazy Camp Competitions

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Do you have the competitive edge? How does four days of zany and fun competitions with wacky prizes sound? Will you be the one that gets slimed? Polish your silly talents and be ready for anything during this crazy session. During “half-time” we’ll take a relaxing float down the river, cruise down the zip line and more. If you’re interested in outrageous fun, this camp is for you!

Session Number: 
407
Camp Location: 
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
Date: 
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$200
Standard Fee: 
$230

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Animal Care 101

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Do you have a passion to work with animals? Campers will be learning how to take care animals, small to large! You will learn how to identify a sick animal and what to feed a sick pet. Stitching up an injury and learning the proper way to give a shot (in an orange, of course) are a few of the exciting opportunities while you are at camp. We will travel to an animal clinic and watch firsthand how a vet takes care of the animals. When we aren’t learning about animal care we will be going down the water slide, zip-line or tubing down the river. Just be ready to get down and have some hands on fun.

Session Number: 
408
Camp Location: 
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
Date: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$200
Standard Fee: 
$230

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Color Clash

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

1, 2, 3, 4...we want color clash! Get ready for friendly competition as the Green team and White team compete for ultimate bragging rights! Color Clash 2017 will be epic!

Session Number: 
717
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$420
Standard Fee: 
$465

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Grossology

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Eww! Gross! Prepare for all things yuck as we get more than just our hands dirty! This session we will slime, grime, and creek stomp our way to messy perfection! (Make sure to bring extra clothes, we will be getting messy!)

Session Number: 
718
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Splashtactular

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)

Water, water, and MORE WATER! Get wet and wild this week as we jump, canon ball, and splash in to the deep. Swimsuits are required everyday as each day this week will be WATER-FILLED!

Session Number: 
719
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$280
Standard Fee: 
$310

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Outpost

Explorer Camp (ages 8-11)
Session Number: 
720
Camp Location: 
Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna
Date: 
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Early Fee: 
$420
Standard Fee: 
$465

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