Registration for Youth Camps Now Open

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​UT Extension's 4-H Summer Camps are all accredited by the American Camp Association. Registration for summer camps for youth in the fourth through 12th grade is now open. Contact your local county UT Extension Office. 


4-H has a long tradition of being at 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.

4-H is the youth development program for UT Extension. 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. 

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 the three summer camps in 2015.  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 UT  Extension office in your county. For more information, you can also visit the UT Extension 4-H website:
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.


Dr. Daniel Saver, UT Extension State 4-H Office,