In addition to the many ongoing local 4-H club and youth activities that are happening across the state, the Nevada 4-H Youth Development Program will also offer some summer day camps and overnight camps for youth this year, following a Nevada tradition that goes back 80 years.
“We are really happy to have received the green light to offer some 4-H day camps and overnight camps this summer,” said Carrie Stark, Nevada 4-H program director with Extension. “Working with the University and local authorities, we’ll be able to provide some great learning experiences for youth over the summer, following all necessary precautions related to COVID.”
Stark said that many of the camp organizers are still finalizing details, and that additional 4-H camp and summer activities may still be added. She advises parents to check with their local Extension offices for the most up-to-date 4-H camp and summer opportunities. Here are some of the 4-H day camps and overnight camps already in the works.
Nevada 4-H day camps vary throughout the state, and are sometimes offered in partnership or collaboration with other organizations. Some are open to youth from the general public, while others help fill in gaps for children who attend community centers or other programs. All programs are based on research-based 4-H youth development principles and curriculum, engaging youth in positive learning experiences. Some of the day camps to be offered include:
Extension’s A.D. Guy Summer Day Camp - A.D. Guy Knowledge Center, 817 N. Street, Las Vegas
This six-week day camp offers youth a safe and inclusive environment to learn and participate in weekly themed, hands-on activities. Themes such as STEAM, underwater adventure and kitchen science are just a few of the topics they will explore. Space is limited to 20 youth in-person and 20 students virtually. Lunch will be provided to in-person campers, and registration is required. Register online for the A.D. Guy Summer Day Camp.
- June 14 – July 23, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Closed July 5 for Independence Day)
- For Clark County youth, ages 7 – 13
- Cost for the six-week camp is $15 per child
- For more information, call 702-998-0223 or email the A.D. Guy Knowledge Center.
4-H Summer Adventures Day Camps 2021 - Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 S. Paradise Road, Las Vegas
The 4-H Summer Adventures Day Camps are three different camps designed to help children learn and grow. Youth will play games, be physically active and learn valuable life skills in a fun and safe setting. Campers must bring their lunch. Light snacks will be provided. Space is limited, and registration is required. Register for the 4-H Summer Adventures Day Camps online.
- The three sessions are:
- June 7 – 11, Sizzling Summer STEM
Youth become a scientist for the week, doing hands-on activities spanning across different scientific fields. Great for inquisitive young minds looking to learn about the natural and technological world.
- June 14 – 18, Lead Your LYFE! (Loving Yourself First is Everything!)
This camp will create a safe space for preteens to discover their identity and what makes them “tick.” Healthy adults begin as youth who practice expressing their beliefs, feelings and dreams effectively.
- June 28 – July 2, Mix It Up!
This camp provides a variety of activities from which youth can choose, giving them great ideas on how to live life healthier and happier.
- All three sessions are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- All three sessions are for Clark County youth, ages 9 – 12
- Cost is $50/week per child
- For more information, call 702-948-5905 or email Luisa Ixmatlahua-Garay.
Leading the Mucc Day Camp, Humboldt County
Humboldt County 4-H is partnering with Up from the Mucc, a new local youth organization serving underserved youth, to deliver two sessions of this youth leadership day camp, where participants will learn leadership and community engagement skills. Campers must bring their lunch. Prepackaged snacks and bottled water will be provided. Space is limited, and registration will be required.
- The two sessions are: June 15 – 17 and July 20 – 22
- Both sessions are Tuesday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Both sessions are for Humboldt County youth, ages 12 – 14
- Cost: Free
- For more information, call 775-623-6304 or email Sharon Barton.
Trailblazers Day Camp, Humboldt County
Humboldt County 4-H is partnering with Nevada Outdoor Schools to host two sessions of this camp where youth will learn a multitude of outdoor concepts and skills, including Leave No Trace principles, outdoor ethics, map reading, directional skills, outdoor safety, outdoor cooking, trail hiking and conducting a service project. Campers must bring their lunch. Pre-packaged snacks and bottled water will be provided. Space is limited, and registration is required. Register for Trailblazers Day Camp, Humbolt County online.
- The two sessions are: June 22 – 25 and July 27 – 30
- Both sessions are Tuesday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Both sessions are for Humboldt County youth, fourth – eighth grades
- Cost is $50/session per child
- For more information, email Allana Havernick or Holly Gallian.
4-H Washoe County Day Camp for Youth at the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra
These camps are only available to youth ages 6 and up who are already registered at and using the Women and Children’s Center Sierra in southeast Reno. The Center provides services to support women as they work to move out of poverty and improve their lives. These free day camps for youth at the center will consist of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math), and will be conducted three hours a day, four days a week, for four or five weeks in June and July. For more information on the Center and its services, call 775-825-7395.
OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMPS
The overnight summer camps will all be held at the Nevada State 4-H Camp, 1 4-H Road, Stateline, Nevada. The 32-acre camp sits on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and is owned and operated by the University of Nevada, Reno. Youth build lifelong memories and friendships at the camp, as well as learn life, leadership and citizenship skills. The setting provides an unparalleled opportunity for outdoor environmental education and STEM-related, hands-on learning activities. There’s also plenty of time for 4-H campers to participate in and learn about healthy, physical activities, such as shooting sports, kayaking, swimming and more. The four overnight camps are:
Mineral County / Native American Reservations 4-H Camp
- July 8 – 11
- For youth ages 9 – 13, with first priority given to youth from Mineral County and Nevada’s Native American reservations.
- Cost is $125 per camper
- For more information, call 775-945-3444, ext. 1039 or email Staci Emm.
Northern Nevada 4-H Camp
- July 11 – 17
- For youth ages 9 – 12, from Washoe, Douglas and Storey Counties; and Carson City.
- Cost is yet to be determined
- For more information, call 775-336-0259 or email Sam Mitchell.
Central Nevada 4-H Camp
- July 18 – 24
- For youth ages 9 – 13, from Churchill, Pershing, Lyon, Eureka, Elko and Humboldt Counties
- Cost is yet to be determined
- For more information, call 775-423-5121 or email Karen Bogdanowicz.
Health Rocks! 4-H Camp
Partially funded by a 4-H Health Rocks! grant from National 4-H Council, this special program applies 4-H’s successful positive youth development model to the challenge of reducing tobacco, alcohol, e-cigarette/vaping and drug use. Health Rocks! instills in youth participants invaluable confidence and communication skills necessary to make responsible decisions and develop the internal strength to resist risky behaviors.
- July 5 – 8
- For youth ages 11 – 13, with first priority given to youth from Washoe, Churchill, Elko, White Pine and southern Nye Counties
- Cost is yet to be determined
- For more information, call 775-784-4779 or email Carrie Stark.