What's 4-H Junior Camp?
Every summer, Richmond City's Virginia Cooperative Extension office coordinates the recruitment of youth, ages 9 to 13, teens, ages 14 to 18, and adult volunteers to spend one week at the Jamestown 4-H Education Center, located right on the James River. 4-H Camp offers both recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults of all ages. During our camp week, your youth can possibly expect an engaging experience with the following offered activities: ARCHERY, RIFLERY, SWIMMING, ARTS & CRAFTS, CANOEING, KAYAKING, and MORE! Camp is a fully immersive experience that is 110% worth it!
Who can attend?
4-H Junior Camp offers an inclusive experience to all youth ages 9 to 13. Campers must turn 9 by 9/30 of the current year and must be no older than 14 on 12/31 of the prior year. The campers will be able to stay in a lodge or cabin for the week based on gender identity. Same-sex campers can also specify "roommates" they would be interested in staying with during the week - we will attempt to accomodate to the best of our ability.
How much does 4-H Camp cost?
Each year, the fee gets determined by our office and includes meals and lodging for five days and four nights, a camp t-shirt, and class supplies. The fee for 2022 4-H Junior Camp is $310.
We are current accepting checks or money orders only.
We prefer you visit the office at our address listed below to drop money off between the hours of 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. If that doesn't work for you, contact the office first.
Having trouble with the fee? We can work with you. Complete the scholarship application at the top of this page.
If you can not pay the entire fee, we have optional partial payment plans available. Start with a deposit of $100, make the second payment on July 1st of $105, and complete your payments before July 16th. Please make your check or money order payable to VCE -Richmond City.
Our mailing address is:
VCE Richmond City, East District Inititiative Building, 701 N 25th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
If you desire to send your check or money order via mail, please contact Isaiah Morton (email@example.com) or Twandra Lowax-Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can be expecting it to come in and confirm with you when it is delivered.
What do campers do at 4-H Camp?
Every morning at camp, campers will rotate through camp classes. There is free swim and recreation time each day, as well as evening programs and campfire.
Each room will be part of a "pack" which serves as the camper's "family" during the week of camp. "Packs" will rotate through camp activities together and are involved in different contests on various days. There are awards for spirit, participation, and demonstrations of good character!
Who supervises 4-H campers?
Each year we recruit teen volunteers 14 and up to serve as counselors for our camp. These teens, as well as our adult volunteers, 4-H Extension Staff, and 4-H Center Staff, complete a training series and are tested on core concepts before attending camp. Our staff is trained according to the American Camp Association requirements and you can rest assured that your child will have a safe, enjoyable experience at 4-H Camp!
Virginia's 4-H camping program is recognized throughout the nation as a leader in 4-H camping programs. Each of the six Virginia 4-H Educational Centers have achieved and maintain American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation.
Parents and guardians should always look for the ACA seal when selecting a camp for their child to attend. Only about 25 percent of all camps in the nation are accredited by the ACA, the recognized camp accreditation organization in the United States. Having ACA accreditation means that the camp meets the highest standards for safety, food service and staffing, health care and program quality.
Each 4-H Educational Center maintains these standards annually. Additionally, all 300 Standards are reviewed every three years for reaccreditation. Each 4-H center program staff person, as well as the adult and teen 4-H volunteers who participate in camp, are carefully selected and trained prior to the camping event.
Our team is continually utilizing several resources to adapt operations this season including: The American Camp Association, Virginia Department of Health, Association for Camp Nurses and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of the measures that will be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 include: limited capacity, social distancing, small consistent groups, masking, enhanced cleaning, and daily health screenings. Please see the documents below for information provided by the 4-H Centers.