4-H Youth Development

Junior 4-H Camp, June 29-July 3, 2015

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Junior 4-H Camp is our residential, week-long summer camp program available to youth ages 9-13. This camp is held for one week every summer at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center. The dates of James City County’s 2015 Junior 4-H Camp will be June 29-July 3, 2015. Information about camp registration will be announced in January. For more information about Junior 4-H Camp visit the Jamestown 4-H Center’s website.

Please note that the James City County 4-H Program is in charge of planning for and processing registration for our week of Junior 4-H camp. Jamestown 4-H Center is just the facility we use during the week for camp programming. Registration and/or questions regarding James City County’s Junior 4-H camp should be directed to the James City County Extension office at 757-564-2170, not the Jamestown 4-H Center.

In addition to the opportunity for youth ages 9-13 to attend camp as campers, youth ages 13-14 can apply to serve as Counselors-In-Training (CITs) during summer camp. In this role, CITs function much like campers, but receive additional training throughout the spring and during camp to help prepare them for a role as a Camp Counselor. More information about CIT positions, including application materials, will be announced in January.

Teen Camp Counselors at Junior 4-H Camp

Teens ages 14-18 can apply to serve as Teen Camp Counselors during the week of Junior 4-H Camp. The role of Camp Counselor includes a high level of responsibility, and teens interested must submit an application with three references, complete an interview, and attend a significant amount of training throughout the winter and spring. A minimum of 28 teens will be selected. Application does not guarantee selection.

The role of Teen Camp Counselor includes the responsibilities of: supervising campers in cabins, in classes, and during activities, providing for the safety and well-being of campers, serving as a role model, and assisting with camp activities and classes.

Teens must be 14 years old by or on January 1, 2015 to apply. If selected, teens will be required to attend an overnight training at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center on May 2-3 (registration fee required) and at least 8 hours of additional training between February and June. Selected teens will also be required to pay a $100 fee to cover camp lodging and dining costs. Scholarships are available for teens with financial need. Please contact our office at 757-564-2170 for scholarship information.

Applications are due by January 9th, 2015 by 5:00 p.m..

Teen Camp Counselor Application and Information (PDF | 152KB)

Adult Volunteers Needed for Junior 4-H Camp

We are looking for Adult Volunteers to help chaperone the 2015 Junior 4-H Camp on June 29-July 3, 2015. Adult Volunteers help us provide a safe, supportive, and fun environment for our campers. Serving as a camp volunteer can be an incredibly rewarding and fun experience. Adult volunteers serve as "caring adults" for the campers, and have the opportunity to experience many of the camp classes and activities – such as kayaking, archery, woodworking, challenge course, and much more! Volunteers can sign up to chaperone for the entire camp – from approximately 8:00 am on the 29th to approximately 12:00 pm on the 3rd - or they can sign up to chaperone just during the day-time or night-time periods. We need a minimum of 4 male and 7 female Adult Volunteers each night. We prefer Adult Volunteers that can attend the entire camp (day and night) but will work with your schedule.

Adult Volunteers that stay all 4 nights of camp receive a $50.00 refund for the camp registration fee paid for any of their children (campers only, does not apply to teen camp counselors).

Adults interested in volunteering must: 1) Turn in a completed 4-H Adult Volunteer Application Form. (Volunteer positions are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.) 2) Submit to and pass a background check, and 3) Attend an in-person interview. Volunteers will be selected based on application, reference checks, an approved background check, and the interview.

Adult Volunteers must be 19 years of age by or on January 1, 2015. They must attend the Teen and Adult Leadership Training (TALT) at Jamestown 4-H Center on May 2nd (from approximately 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) and 2 additional hours of training with the Extension 4-H Agent prior to camp.

Adult Volunteer Application Information (PDF | 80KB)

Adult Volunteer Application (PDF | 332KB)

4-H Archery Clubs

James City County 4-H Archery Club
The archery clubs teach youth (ages 9-18) about the sport of archery and provide them with opportunities to practice. Lessons include range and equipment safety, eye dominance, parts of the bow, parts of an arrow, basic archery form, and development of technique. These clubs focus on basic archery techniques using traditional long bows or recurve bows; compound bows are not permitted. Equipment is provided for all club members. Both clubs meet in the late afternoon on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month (October-May). Club members have the opportunity to compete in district and state level archery competitions. There is a $30 per person registration fee, and scholarships are available for youth with financial need. This club is currently full.

4-H Robotics Club

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Youth enrolled in the 4-H Robotics Clubs learn teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills as they design, build, and program LEGO robots to complete tasks and challenges. The club is open to youth ages 9-18. A beginners club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (Oct.-May) from 6-7:30 p.m. An intermediate club, for youth that have already participated in the beginners club or have advanced LEGO robotics experience, meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (Oct.-May) from 6-7:30 p.m. There is a $30 per person registration fee, and scholarships are available for youth with financial need. This club is currently full.

4-H Cloverbud Club

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The 4-H Cloverbud club is open to youth ages 5-8. Members of the club explore the world of 4-H through hands-on, interactive learning activities. Participants explore topics such as gardening, communication, citizenship, money management, environmental education, community service, science and technology, healthy lifestyles, and personal development. This club meets monthly afterschool at Matoaka Elementary School and is free to join. Registration for this club is currently closed.

Dream Catcher's 4-H Leadership Club

Dream Catcher's 4-H Club
The 4-H Leadership Club at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center helps able-bodied and disabled youth (ages 9-18) develop leadership skills through experience working with horses. 4-H members gain skills in teamwork, cooperation, conflict resolution, responsibility, and character through hands-on lessons that teach about horses.  Participants learn basic breeds, colors, grooming, and health care. This club meets on the 4th Saturday of each month from 3-5 p.m. at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center. The club is open to both able-bodied and disabled youth and is free to join. (There may be costs associated with club activities throughout the year.)

For more information about the club or to register contact the Extension office at 757-564-2170 or the volunteer club leader, Donna Wilson, at dwils8@verizon.net.

4-H Pet Pals Club

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The 4-H Pet Pals Club is for youth ages 9-18 and their personal dog. Youth and their dog will help increase emotional well-being, promote healing, and improve quality of life for people throughout the community by conducting visits to various institutions and events throughout the area. Institutions and events may include nursing homes, schools, parades, festivals, and more. All dogs and their youth must complete an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen training course and pass a final assessment in order to participate.

A training course for this club is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in completing the training and joining this club please contact our office for further information.

Making Waves Teen Leadership Club

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The Making Waves 4-H Teen Leadership club is designed for youth ages 14-19 with an interest in developing citizenship, leadership, and life skills.  The club uses a peer teaching model in which teens teach teens through hands-on interactive leadership activities.  The club utilizes research-based curriculum.  Members have the opportunity to collaborate with 4-H teens across the state at 4-H Day at the Capitol each spring and at 4-H Congress at Virginia Tech in the summer.

Making Waves holds a monthly meeting and participates in additional service learning projects through the year.  Many members of the Making Waves 4-H teen leadership club serve as trained camp counselors for 4-H summer camp.

More information about the Making Waves Club for the 2014-15 year is coming soon.

Jamestown 4-H Educational Center Specialty Camps

 
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Does your child love campfires, singing, making new friends, and learning about science, art, or the great outdoors?  The Jamestown 4-H Educational Center offers specialty camps throughout the year. 

Click here to see a calendar of speciality camps at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center.

Please note that the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center is in charge of planning for and processing registration for all specialty camps. The James City County Extension/4-H Office is only responsible for programming and registration for the 4-H Junior Camp, not for any other specialty camps. Registration and/or questions regarding Jamestown 4-H Center specialty camps should be directed to the Jamestown 4-H Center at 757-253-4931. Only registration and/or questions regarding James City County Junior 4-H Camp should be directed to the James City County Extension/4-H Office.

Airfield 4-H Educational Center Specialty Camps

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Does your child love campfires, singing, making new friends, and learning about science, art, or the great outdoors?  The Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield, VA offers specialty camps throughout the year. 

Click here to see a calendar of specialty camps at the Airfield 4-H Educational Center.

Please note that the Airfield 4-H Educational Center is in charge of planning for and processing registration for all specialty camps. The James City County Extension/4-H Office is only responsible for programming and registration for the 4-H Junior Camp at Jamestown 4-H Center, not for any other specialty camps. Registration and/or questions regarding Airfield 4-H Center specialty camps should be directed to the Airfield 4-H Center at (757) 899-4901. Only registration and/or questions regarding James City County Junior 4-H Camp should be directed to the James City County Extension/4-H Office.