4-H Camp

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All North Carolina 4-H Camps are open to the public. Youth do NOT have to be a member of a 4-H Club to attend.

Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center logo

This summer join us at

Betsy Jeff Penn Camping Center

Sunday, July 5 – Friday July 10, 2020

Ages 8-14 (age at time of camp)

4-H Camp registration form

Cost: $420***

***Thanks to our generous sponsors the cost for this years camp is $225.***

Includes lodging, meals, snacks, transportation, t-shirt, camp store money, horseback riding, and all activities.

Take a look at a video that has more information on the camp.

(Limited spaces available)

Registration due: May 31, 2020, with $50 deposit (non-refundable)
Remaining balance due: July 1, 2020

Contact Sara Villwock at the 4-H office 252-534-2711 to sign up

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About 4-H Camp

For more than 80 years, North Carolina 4-H camping has taught youth life skills through centers located from the mountains to the sand hills to the coast. Each year, more than 4,000 campers from across the state participate in 4-H camping programs at North Carolina’s 4-H educational centers. Thousands more participate in conferences, school enrichment programs, special events, and workshops.

Both residential and day 4-H camping programs have a rich history of providing educational programming to thousands of youth annually through hands-on, experiential learning.

Through participation in the 4-H camping program youth:

  • Understand that learning can be fun.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Acknowledge their abilities and limitations and develop skills and options for growth.
  • Learn about various sciences and develop scientific skills.
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and the value of diversity in a global society.
  • Learn about the natural environment and improve stewardship skills.
  • Improve their physical skills and fitness.
  • Learn a process for solving problems and working cooperatively in groups.
  • Learn skills to set goals and make decisions individually.
  • Learn to identify and manage resources. Experience a variety of life-long recreational activities.
  • Learn and practice ethical behavior.
  • Explore spiritual values.

While our 4-H camps and conference centers are each uniquely different based on their geographic location, each camp and conference center offers most of the same activities and resources, including Archery, Cabins, Campfires, Canoeing, Challenge Courses, Classrooms, Climbing Walls, Dining Halls, Hiking Trails, Outdoor Education, Nature Study, Recreation Halls, School Enrichment, Team building, Waterfront,  and Leadership.

All North Carolina 4-H Camps are managed and operated under North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service through the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University, one of two land-grant universities in the state. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land, and economy of North Carolinians. Each Center is managed by a full-time Center Director and supported by Program Directors, Facility Maintenance Supervisors, Food Service Supervisors, and seasonal team members dedicated to providing safe and exceptional facilities, programs and services for the citizens of North Carolina.

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