Now registering kids for summer camp

Zip line at Tennessee 4-H Camp
Zipping along over camp is among the many activities that today's 4-H camps offer students. For more information about camping opportunities in 2014, contact your local county UT Extension agent. Photo by C. Denney, courtesy UTIA.

4-H has a long tradition of being in the forefront of youth development, and 4-H camps offered through University of Tennessee Extension are no exception. Tennessee 4-H operates camps in Columbia, Crossville and Greeneville, and extension agents in every county are now registering thousands of kids for this summer’s adventures.

“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 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.

4-H Camps 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 4,000 Tennessee youth are expected to attend the three summer camps in 2014. Any child in the fourth through the eighth grade is eligible (older for shooting sports), and you don’t have to be a 4-H member to attend. Kids can take part in activities from arts and crafts to zip-lining. Each camp also has its own pool and dormitories, as well as nature centers, hiking trails 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.

4-H is the youth development program for UT Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and service learning to approximately 184,600 Tennessee youth in the fourth through twelfth grades. 4-H also has more than 6,100 adult volunteers in the state. For more information, visit the website



Daniel Sarver, 4-H Youth Development, 865-974-2128,