2017 4-H Summer Camp Dates

(click your county to contact your 4-H Agent and register for camp!)

*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.


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Junior 4-H Summer Camp

Junior 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 160,000 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.

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.

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, 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 for Junior 4-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.

Summer Staff in Training (S.I.T.) 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.

Eligibility: 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 an 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

Year-Round 4-H Youth Programs

Cloverbud Camps

This overnight weekend camp provides youth ages 5-8 with the opportunity to have an overnight camping experience away from home. No previous experience in 4-H is necessary. These programs provide educational and recreational opportunities that are age-appropriate and supervised by Teen Leaders, Adult Volunteers, 4-H Center Camp Staff, as well as Extension Agents and the 4-H Center Programs Department. Cloverbud camps are typically conducted several times per year and are designed around exciting and engaging themes! These camps help to provide the socialization that is necessary for children at that age. Campers at this age are full of energy and excitement and we are here to direct that energy and excitement to a positive and growing direction.

 Junior 4-H Specialty Camps

There are a variety of specialty camps offered throughout the year for junior 4-H campers ages 9 to 13. While all of our specialty camps focus on a specific theme and cater to specialized interests, there are fun events for all children at each of these weekends. Some camps in the past have included Top Chef Camp, LEGO Robotics Camp, and even Harry Potter Camp. We have the unique opportunity to cater to the interests of all campers, which makes for a great weekend. These camps will be posted online and on our Facebook page throughout the year, so be on the lookout for these exciting opportunities!

Teen Weekend Camps

Teen Weekend camps are uniquely themed weekend camps open ONLY to teenagers (and adult volunteers). Featuring programs, challenges and activities that are ONLY offered at this camp, they are the perfect opportunity for teens to get away and have a great weekend. Workshops that will benefit teens now and in the future, typical camp activities, plenty of down time for hanging out, and special activities designed around the theme of the weekend make for an excellent reason for teens to spend a weekend at camp! The Teen Advisory Board helps to plan and publicize our Teen Weekends, which helps us keep it unique and fun for all of those who join us.

Family Camps

Our Family Camp series was created as a response to repeated requests by parents of Cloverbud campers to have a camp where adults and older siblings can also participate in camp. This is your opportunity parents, grandparents, sisters, and brothers! Family Camp is truly all ages and open to the entire family. Twice a year, load up your children and your sunscreen for the family adventure of a lifetime! Let them show off for you, show them how you conquer your fears, and spend time together in the great outdoors.

Camps are coordinated based upon interest, so please don’t hesitate to contact the Center’s Program Department (skelton4hprograms@vt.edu or 540-721-2759 ext. 254) to find out more!