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4-H Summer Camp

4-H Summer Camp is our residential summer camp program available to youth ages 9-18. Sessions typically last for one week; however, this may vary depending on the specific group being served.

During the past 50 years more than 145,000 youth from central, western, and southwestern Virginia have been to 4-H Camp at the W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center! The Skelton 4-H Center provides a safe, healthy, and supportive environment* for youth to interact with their peers as well as caring, attentive adults who will serve as role models for their week of camp.

Countless Opportunities

Summer camp at the Skelton 4-H Center provides youth ages 9-18 years old countless opportunities for learning more about themselves, their peers, and the natural world around them. This learning takes place through a wide range of camp activities and programs, all of which are designed to allow youth to “learn by doing” through hands-on participation in these activities and programs. Days are filled with instructional-based camp classes, unstructured recreation and swim time, flag ceremonies, and evening programs to end each day.

Major Benefits

One of the major benefits to 4-H Camp is that campers have such a wide range of camp classes to choose from. This is possible thanks to the partnership between the 4-H Center and your local 4-H Program. Campers have more than twenty (20) class options each week, sometimes as many as forty (40) classes to choose from! 4-H Center offered classes include Basic Horsemanship, Riflery, Swimming, Canoeing, Climbing Tower, Multimedia, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, Kayaking, Outdoor Adventures, Performing Arts, Arts & Crafts, Ceramics, Mobile Technology, Low Ropes Course, Archery, and Small Animal Science… all taught by highly trained, professional camp staff. Local 4-H Programs supplement 4-H Center offered classes by offering a variety of classes ranging from martial arts to spa treatment and campfire cookery to boot-camp!

Teen Counselors and Adult Volunteers

Teen Counselors, Adult Volunteers and 4-H Center Camp Staff all work together to supervise campers. Teen counselors and adult volunteers are recruited, screened, and trained in their home counties with training support provided by the 4-H Center. Full time 4-H Center Summer Staff participate in more than two (2) weeks of mandatory, intensive staff training prior to the start of camp. The 4-H Center’s supervision policy includes a minimum of a 1:6 staff to camper supervision ratio for4-H Camp.

For more information about becoming a Teen Counselor (14-18 years of age) or an Adult Volunteer, please contact your local 4-H Agent OR the 4-H Center (skelton4Hcamp@vt.edu).

Each week of 4-H Camp features at least two (2) highly trained, experienced, and professional Camp Directors including your local 4-H Extension Agent (or trained designee) as well as the 4-H Center Summer Program Director.

*if your child has specific dietary needs, please speak with your 4-H Agent about ways we can accommodate. We can easily prepare vegetarian meals as well gluten-free and dairy-free selections with proper notification. Our kitchen is ServSafe certified and our staff completes regular training with VCE Food and Consumer Science trainers.

Summer Staff-In-Training Program

The Staff-In-Training (SIT) program offers a select number of qualified teens the opportunity to serve as “junior” staff members for a two-week period, with the potential to serve a third session for those with exceptional performance (District Camp). SITs have the opportunity to positively impact campers from other counties while experiencing “the life of a staff member.”

SITs will be assigned a mentor (a veteran staff member) on a weekly basis with whom they will spend much of their time during that week, while assisting with classes and other camp operational responsibilities. SIT positions are volunteer positions with lodging and meals provided. If at any point the SIT is not meeting expectations set forth in their orientation, their involvement in the SIT program will be terminated and they will be asked to leave the 4-H Center immediately. Ultimately, a successful SIT experience gives the participant the opportunity to showcase their abilities and improve their chances to be hired in subsequent years for a position on camp staff. However, participation in the SIT program does not guarantee employment in subsequent years.

Staff-In-Training – Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for the SIT program, applicant must be 17 or 18 years old and in their senior year of high school or a recent high school graduate. Participants must be available for the entirety of a session bellow. Each session will accept no more than four candidates.

To Apply: Download, print, and return the SIT application as directed. A conversation will then be opened between you and the Program Director to schedule and interview and your weeks on camp. The applications are due no later than Valentine’s Day, so get yours in early! To discuss this opportunity, please contact the Program Director at 540-721-2759 ext. 254

Printables

BunkOne (Formerly BunkNotes)

Want to get in touch with a specific camper? The Skelton 4-H Center has partnered with BunkOne to provide emails to campers for a nominal fee.
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*if your child has specific dietary needs, please speak with your 4-H Agent about ways we can accommodate. We can easily prepare vegetarian meals as well gluten-free and dairy-free selections with proper notification. Our kitchen is ServSafe certified and our staff completes regular training with VCE Food and Consumer Science trainers.

To register for 4-H Camp, call your local Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent:

COUNTY  PHONE
Alleghany 540-862-0369
Augusta 540-245-5750
Bath 540-839-7261
Bedford 540-586-7675
Botetourt 540-473-8260
Craig 540-864-5812
Danville 434-799-6558
Floyd 540-745-9307
Franklin 540-483-5161
Giles 540-921-3455
Halifax 434-476-2147
Henry 276-634-4650
Highland 540-468-2225
Montgomery 540-382-5790
Patrick 276-694-3341
Pittsylvania 434-432-7770
Pulaski 540-980-7761
Roanoke 540-772-7524
Rockbridge 540-463-4734
Rockingham 540-564-3080