4-H Summer Camp - July 3-7, 2017

Junior 4-H Summer Camp is a week-long, residential summer camp program available to James City County residents ages 9-13.  Teens ages 13 and 14 can serve as Counselors-in-Training (CIT) during camp and teens ages 14-19 can serve as Teen Camp Counselors (see below for camp age policies and CIT/Counselor information). 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 Summer 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 Summer 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.

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

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. Youth will select the classes that they are most interested in on the first day of camp. 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!

The cost to attend camp for 2017 is $285.00 per camper. A $50.00 deposit is due within 2 weeks of the date you register. The remaining camp balance is due on May 26th, 2017.

Financial Assistance in the amount of a 75%, 50%, or 25% discount on camp fees is available to youth with financial need. Guidelines for financial assistance eligibility are based on the USDA’s eligibility guidelines for free and reduced school lunches; however, we do also consider extenuating circumstances in our financial assistance if necessary.  If you plan to apply for financial assistance, you should still register online like everyone else. Everyone, regardless of if they receive financial assistance or not, is required to register online and pay the $50.00 deposit. Once you complete the online registration process, you should mail your financial assistance application in with your $50.00 deposit. Once your application is received, you will be notified of any financial assistance you will receive. At that time, you can choose to accept the financial assistance and keep your child enrolled in camp (any remaining balances will be due by the regular camp fee due date) or cancel your child’s enrollment and receive a refund of your deposit.

Click here for the Financial Assistance Application (PDF)

  • Cancellations made prior to May 26th, 2017 will result in a refund of payments made minus a processing fee of 5% of the $50.00 deposit ($2.50).
  • Cancellations made after May 26th, 2017 will result in a refund minus the $50.00 deposit and a 5% processing fee ($64.25).

camper is any youth that is 9-13 years old, a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) must be at least 13 by January 1, 2017, and a Teen Camp Counselor must be at least 14 by January 1, 2017.

  • A child that will turn nine before September 30, 2017 can attend camp as a camper (Thus, some 8 year olds can attend camp, as long as they will turn nine before September 30, 2017)
  • Youth that turn 13 before January 1, 2017 can select if they would like to attend camp as a CIT or camper.
  • Youth that turn 13 between January 1 and September 30, 2017 must attend camp as a camper. They cannot serve as a CIT.
  • Youth that turn 14 before January 1, 2017 can select to serve as a CIT or Teen Camp Counselor. They cannot attend camp as a camper – they must attend as a CIT at least.
  • Youth that will turn 15 or older before January 1, 2017 can only attend camp as a Teen Camp Counselor.

Please read the registration instructions carefully.

Registration for campers will open at 8:00 am on February 13th, 2017Registration will only be collected through our online format. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet and as a result cannot complete online registration, please contact our office (757-564-2170) before registration opens.

Youth that have already been selected as CITs and/or Teen Camp Counselors (applications were due in December) do NOT have to register online through this system.

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. You can register up to 4 youth of the same gender at once. For example, if you have two sons you will be able to select 2 spots when you register. If you have two sons and one daughter, you will have to register your 2 sons together using the Male Camper link, and then register your daughter separately using the Female Camper link. Once you have submitted the registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

We cannot accept payment online. Once you receive your confirmation email you must mail in or drop off a $50.00 deposit (or the whole $285.00 camp fee if you choose) per camper. You may mail payment to:

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 2 weeks 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. The remaining camp fee balance will be due on May 26th, 2017.

If camp spots are already full when you go to register, you will be prompted to “add your name to the waitlist”. This will put your child/children’s name(s) on our waitlist and we will contact you by phone and email if and when 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. James City County’s 4-H Camp fills very quickly. It is possible that you will be prompted to add your name to the waitlist within minutes of the time camp registration opens.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) regarding camp registration.

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.

Teens ages 14-18 can apply to serve as Teen Camp Counselors during the week of 4-H Summer Camp (see age policy above). The role of Teen 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. Trainings are mandatory and are typically held once a month on weekday evenings or weekend afternoons from February through June. A minimum of 21 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 at least 14 years old before January 1, 2017 to apply. Teen Camp Counselors are required to pay a portion of the camp fee – typically between $100 and $150. Financial assistance is available for teens with financial need.

Teen Camp Counselor applications (PDF) are due to the Extension Office by 5:00 pm on December 16, 2016. If the people you are selecting to serve as your references on a counselor application are not able to complete the online reference form (as described in the application packet), you may print this hard-In copy reference form (PDF) and give to them for them to complete and return to the Extension Office.

Every year, we need approximately three male and five female Adult Volunteers during camp. Adult Volunteers help us provide a safe, supportive, and fun environment for our campers. Serving as an Adult Volunteer is 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. During the week, Adult Volunteers assist with classes and activities as needed, but mostly serve as adult chaperones and role models.

Adult Volunteers that stay all 4 nights of camp receive a discount on the camp fee for their children.

Adults interested in volunteering must: 1) Complete Adult Volunteer Application (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 at least 19 years of age by January 1, 2017. They must also attend at least two hours of training with the 4-H Agent and a Saturday training session at the 4-H Center prior to camp.

To inquire about serving as an Adult Volunteer for Junior 4-H Camp please call our office at 757-564-2170 or email saupton@vt.edu.