4-H Youth Development

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

Camp Kayak Photo

4-H Junior Camp is a residential, week-long summer camp program available to James City County residents ages 9-13. Age requirements for attending camp (PDF | 13KB) Youth ages 13 and 14 can serve as Counselors-in-Training during camp (see below). Camp is held every year at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center in Williamsburg, VA. 

Please note that the James City County Extension Office is in charge of planning for and processing registration for our week of 4-H Junior 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 4-H Junior camp should be directed to the James City County Extension office at 757-564-2170, not the Jamestown 4-H Center.

4-H camp provides youth countless opportunities for learning more about themselves, their peers, and the natural world around them. Days are filled with camp classes, unstructured recreation and swim time, flag ceremonies, evening programs, and campfires. Our main focus during camp is to help youth develop independence, self-esteem, confidence, interpersonal skills, and other life skills.

Questions about food, lodging, and camper supervision and safety can be answered by viewing the Jamestown 4-H Center’s “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage.

A typical agenda for the week of camp can be found here: Sample Agenda for 4-H Junior Camp in James City County (PDF | 340KB) . Please note, however, that the agenda varies from year to year and the exact agenda during this year’s camp may be different from this one.

The classes and evening activities offered at camp vary from year to year as well. Example classes include: swimming, water polo, archery, air rifle, canoeing, kayaking, low ropes course, robotics, videography, sailing, art and crafts, outdoor living skills, and marine science. Once youth are enrolled in camp, they will select the classes that they are most interested in. Evening activities may include outdoor games, carnival games, a pool party, a dance, a talent show, movies, etc. We try to make sure there is something for everyone at camp!

Cost and Scholarships

The cost to attend camp is $235.00. Scholarships are available to youth with financial need. Youth that receive a scholarship will still be required to pay the $50.00 deposit. To apply for a scholarship, please register for camp as described below and then contact our office, 757-564-2170, for scholarship information. The remaining balance of the camp fee (after the $50.00 deposit) will be due by May 15th. There is a $50.00 fee for all returned checks.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made prior to June 1, 2015 will result in a refund of the camp fee minus a 5% processing fee ($11.75).
  • Cancellations made after June 1, 2015 will result in a refund minus the $50.00 deposit and a 5% processing fee ($61.75).

How to Register

Please read the registration instructions carefully, as the registration process has changed this year.

Registration for campers will open at 8:00 am on Monday, February 23, 2015. Registration will take place online this year. Registration forms will NOT be mailed out to previous campers. Every camper – new and returning – must complete registration online after it opens. If you do not have access to online registration, please contact our office 757-564-2170.

Youth wishing to serve as a Counselor-in-Training this year at 4-H camp should register like a normal camper and select “Yes” on the registration form when it asks if the camper would like to serve as a CIT.

In order to register, you must click on the registration link below (one link to register a female camper, one link to register a male camper) and complete the online registration form. Once you have submitted the registration, you will receive a confirmation email. We cannot accept payment online, so once you receive your confirmation email you must mail in or drop off a $50.00 deposit (or the whole $235.00 camp fee if you choose) per camper. You may mail payment to:

VCE-JCC
Attention: Camp Registration
PO Box 69
Toano, VA 23168

Or you may bring the deposit into our office at: 3127 Forge Road, Toano, VA 23168.

We can accept cash or checks made out to VCE: JCC. Please put your camper's name in the memo line of all checks or attach a note with your camper's name to any cash payments. Deposits must be received within one week of your registration date or your spot in camp will be given to someone on the waitlist. You are not fully registered until we receive your deposit. 

If camp spots are already full when you go to register, it will allow you to add your name to our waitlist and we will contact you if a spot opens up. If you add your name to the waitlist, you do not need to mail in a deposit. Your deposit will be due if a camp spot opens up for your child.  

Click Here to Register a Male Camper.

Click Here to Register a Female Camper

For questions regarding camp registration, please call our office at 757-564-2170.

Counselors-in-Training at 4-H Junior Camp

Youth ages 13-14 can apply to serve as Counselors-In-Training (CITs) during summer camp. Age requirements for attending camp (PDF | 13KB) .  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 Teen Camp Counselor. Any youth that thinks they want to be a Teen Camp Counselor in the future should serve as a CIT when they are old enough. Youth wishing to serve as a CIT this year should register like a normal camper (as described above) and select “Yes” on the registration form when it asks if the camper would like to serve as a CIT.

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 for Teen Camp Counselor Positions are no longer available.

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 2 male and 5 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

LEGO Robotics photo
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

4-H Furry Friends

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 Teen Leadership club is designed for teens in grades 9-12 that want to have fun while learning leadership skills and conducting community service projects. The club will meet twice a month, on a weekday evening, and members will participate in hands-on activities that help them develop life and leadership skills, advise on 4-H youth education programs, and complete community education and service projects. The club offers a fun way for teens to meet new people, boost their resume, build their leadership skills, and get involved in their community. The club is free to join.

The first meeting on Feb. 17th was canceled. A new meeting date will be rescheduled soon.

Jamestown 4-H Educational Center Specialty Camps

 
Jamestown 4-H Graphic

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.

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