All About 4-H Camp
Are you new to 4-H?
4-H is a youth development program for ages 5 to 19 (by Dec. 31), sponsored by the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Capitol Corridor in cooperation with Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
What is 4-H Camp?
4-H Resident Camp is one of the highlights of the 4-H year. Campers need to be 9 years old to attend 4-H Camp. The camp planning is done by the youth camp staff and camp committee. The camp activities are directed by the youth during the week of camp. Campers are divided into groups with youth staff members as leaders. The groups meet every day to plan skits, play sports, have craft time and have fun. Being in a group allows campers to meet new youth and make life-long friendships. The food at camp is prepared by experienced cooks and we have a nurse on-site at all times.
Where is 4-H Camp located?
The Capitol Corridor Counties of Sacramento, Solano and Yolo utilize a Camp Fire Campground located in Nevada City. Camp Gold Hollow on Lake Vera is approximately 90 minutes from Sacramento.
What can I do at 4-H Camp?
There are always things to do at camp. There is Red Cross Certified supervision at the lake for swimming and canoeing. There are additional water games and events that take place in the lake. Arts and crafts, daily sports, campfire, dance and other outdoor activities take place throughout the week at camp.
Is transportation provided to 4-H Camp?
Campers will be responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to and from camp. If carpooling takes place, please make sure that drivers are certified 4-H volunteers.
Who is responsible for my child at 4-H Camp?
Trained youth counselors, adult volunteers and 4-H staff all have the camper's safety as a primary concern. Both emotional and physical safety are taken into consideration with regard to the camp activities and events. We have a licensed nurse that will monitor medications and first aid. We also have a certified lifeguard to oversee all the swimming and water activities. Emergency plans set by the University of California have been put in place by the camp director and 4-H staff. Our youth and adult staff have been involved in training to prepare them for the week long camp experience.
What is the youth to adult ratio?
The California 4-H Youth Development Program requires one adult chaperone for every eight youth. All adult chaperones will be certified 4-H volunteers that have cleared a background check prior to attending camp.
What if my child becomes homesick?
Homesickness is not uncommon at camp for both first time campers and those who have attended before. Our youth staff, adult volunteers and camp nurse are all prepared and trained to help with homesickness. We may redirect homesick campers to keep a positive focus on the amazing opportunities they can have at camp and reassure them that they are safe. If you have concerns about this, please let us know.
What should my child bring to camp?
Camp Gold Hollow has raised wooden sleeping decks that are completely out in nature. There is a small storage area on each deck for campers to put baggage or personal items. Camp cots that elevate the campers off the deck are provided. There is no electricity on the sleeping decks. General items that can be brought to camp include a sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, toiletries, daily change of clothes, reusable water bottle, and towels. A specific packing list will be sent out to registered campers. We ask that the campers leave certain items at home including electronics, phones, hair dryers and music players.
My child is not a member of 4-H. Can they still attend?
All youth at least 9 years old are welcome at 4-H camp. If they are not currently a 4-H member, they will need to enroll at ca.4honline.com and pay the $54 enrollment fee, in addition to the camp registration fee.