Registration Is Open for Youth Adventures

4-H Camp zipline, University of Tennessee Extension

The 4-H camping program in Tennessee offers all sorts of adventures for youth in the fourth through twelfth grades, from ziplining (above) to specialty camps in subject areas such as fashion and design, electric energy, and shooting sports and hunting.​ Contact your local county UT Extension Office for more information. Photo courtesy UTIA. 

4-H has a long tradition of being in the forefront of youth development and STEM education, and 4-H camps offered through the University of Tennessee Extension are no exception. Tennessee 4-H operates summer camps in Columbia, Crossville, and Greeneville, and Extension agents in every county are now registering thousands of kids for this summer’s adventures.  In addition to these three wonderful camping facilities, the newest 4-H facility at Lone Oaks in Middleton will be offering some limited 4-H STEM education opportunities.

“Tennessee 4-H camps are an opportunity for youth to explore their relationship with the world around them while at the same time having loads of fun. Tennessee 4-H camps allow youth to “learn by doing,” through 4-H’s experiential learning method of 'Do, Reflect, and Apply.'  Youth are engaged and involved from the time they arrive to the time they depart,” said Daniel Sarver, a youth development specialist with University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H is the youth development program for UT Extension.

Besides the general 4-H camping program, 4-H also offers specialty camps in subject areas such as fashion and design, electric energy, and shooting sports and hunting.

Tennessee 4-H Camps, which are accredited by the American Camp Association​, are directed by caring professionals and volunteers, which include on-site camp staff and county 4-H agents. These adults have worked hard to design a program that is educational, inclusive, rewarding and fun. To see for yourself how much fun 4-H camp can be, watch the YouTube video
“Fun, Friends, 4-H: Summer Starts Here.”

More than 4,500 Tennessee youth are expected to attend summer 4-H camps in 2016.  Any youth in the fourth through twelfth grade is eligible to be a part of the 4-H Camping program, including leadership opportunities for older youth. In fact, every summer, 4-H Camp is the first 4-H experience for many youth around the country.  Activities are numerous and varied, including crafts, archery, swimming, and others, depending upon the location.  Each camp has its own pool and cabins, as well as a nature center and sports fields.

If you are interested in your child attending a 4-H camp, please contact the University of Tennessee Extension office in your county.

The mission of Tennessee 4-H is to provide research-based Extension educational experiences that will stimulate young people to gain knowledge, develop life skills, and form positive attitudes to prepare them to become capable, responsible and compassionate adults.  For more information, visit the website

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Daniel Sarver, UT Extension Statewide 4-H Office, 865-974-2128,