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4-H Camps

4-H camps provide unique educational opportunities that empower youth to be active in the pursuit of self-improvement in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment. 4-H camps are offered as both overnight and day experiences and provide a place to discover, learn, and grow while developing valuable leadership and citizenship skills.

10,000 YOUTH

in Nebraska participate in 4-H camp programs each year.

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

Purpose

The purpose of 4-H camps is to provide unique educational opportunities that empower youth to be active in the pursuit of self-improvement in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment. The Nebraska 4-H camps offer all youth a place to discover, learn and grow while developing valuable leadership and citizenship skills.

Membership Requirements

Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to attend a 4-H summer camp. 

Structure

Nebraska 4-H offers two primary camping experiences:

  • Day Camping: Day camping consists of multiple-day programs with youth returning home each evening.
  • Residential/Overnight Camping: Overnight camping includes being away from home at least one night (residential, primitive, or travel camping).

A High-Quality 4-H Camping Program...

  • Uses experiential learning (learning by doing) as a primary teaching approach.
  • Provides opportunities to explore the natural world in a safe and inclusive environment.
  • Includes planned opportunities to learn and apply life skills such as leadership, citizenship, community service and encourages healthy risk-taking.
  • Provides programs, curricula, and procedures that are based on research and are developmentally appropriate.
  • Fosters youth-adult partnerships that encourage active involvement and participation by youth and adults.
  • Collaborate with Nebraska 4-H and UNL faculty and staff to provide premier learning opportunities.
  • Is American Camp Association (ACA) accredited and undergoes a review of over 300 standards related to operations, staffing, emergency management, and program planning.
  • Employees & staff that are CPR and First Aid certified.

Awards & Recognition

Nebraska 4-H aims to offer awards and recognition for all of its youth participants regardless of the delivery mode. 4-H campers, individually, have the opportunity to apply for and receive recognition through the following awards and recognition programs:

Statewide Opportunities

DISCOVER MORE OPPORTUNITIES

Some counties may offer additional local 4-H camp programs. To learn more about specific opportunities available in your area, please contact your local Extension office.

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