4-H Youth Development - Camps and Clubs
Head, Heart, Hands and Health for Youth Development
Virginia 4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, The four H's are: head, heart, hands and health. 4-H is rich with learning experiences that partner young people with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's learning by doing philosophy of youth development. We share evidence-based knowledge, information and tools from our land grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to improve the lives of families and youth in our community. Through 4-H youth learn leadership, citizenship and a vast array of life skills that benefit them for the rest of their lives. 4-H members pledge to build a better community, country and world.
4-H camps provides youth countless opportunities for learning more about themselves, their peers and the natural world around them. Our main focus during camp is to help youth develop independence, self-esteem, confidence, interpersonal skills and other life skills.
4-H Winter Craft Camp
Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 2-5, 2024
10 a.m. - noon each day
Cost: $30 per youth, ages 6-13
This fun and engaging camp is the perfect way to keep kiddos plugged in to something positive during the long winter break! A different and unique project will be offered each day, taught by local artisans. Your camper will also be supported by a group of select, trained teen counselors who love working with kids! This camp is for youth ages 6-13, and all supplies are provided to make the crafts and take them home. Campers should be able to work in small groups or individually and should be able to focus for 20 minutes at a time.
4-H Summer Overnight Camp
2024 Chesterfield 4-H Camp dates to be announced.
Registration for 2024 camps will be announced in late 2023. For registration and details, please email Chesterfield Cooperative Extension.
A camper is any youth that is 9-13 years old. To qualify, the youth must turn at least age 9 and may not be older than age 13 as of Sept. 30, 2024.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) age is 13 (specifically, must turn 13 on or before Jan. 1, 2024) and only for youth interested in applying for future teen counselor positions. CIT’s receive leadership training while at 4-H camp.
- Youth that turn 13 after Jan. 1, 2024, must attend camp as a camper as they do not meet the age requirement for CIT this year.
- If interest in CIT registration, please make sure to use that specific registration link.
- Each youth may only sign up as a camper or CIT, not both. Registering a single individual for both cancels that youth’s registration altogether.
Teen Camp Counselors
Teen Camp Counselor age is 14-18 (specifically, age 14 on or before Jan. 1, 2024, and no older than age 18 prior to Sept. 30, 2024).
- These positions follow a competitive, selective process.
- Teens interested in this opportunity for the future (2024 and on) should contact Chesterfield Cooperative Extension.
- For the 2024 camp, if a teen turned age 14 on or before Jan. 1, 2024, they are not eligible for enrollment, neither as a camper or CIT. These teens must apply in advance for a teen camp counselor position. Applications are available each fall around the start of the school year.
Transportation to and from camp is not provided. Parents must drop off and pick up their child from the Jamestown 4-H Center.
Camp fee per camper/CIT to be announced.
Included in this price is:
- Cabin/lodge picture
- A week of great fun and memories!
If you or someone you know is interested in camp, but in need of financial assistance, contact Chesterfield Cooperative Extension. Funds are limited.
Cancellation and Refunds
If you decide to cancel, you must do so in writing (email) by Friday, May 10, 2024, and allow up to eight weeks to process the refund (minus a $50 processing fee). If you cancel past the May 10, 2024, deadline there is no refund. Email Chesterfield Cooperative Extension or call 804-751-4401 to request a form.
If the camp is canceled by Chesterfield Cooperative Extension, or by the state or federal government, fees will be refunded in full.
Teen counselors are selected each fall to train and prepare for the summer Chesterfield 4-H Camp program, held at the Jamestown 4-H Center. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age (on or before Jan. 1 for the year of the upcoming camp) and no older than 18 years of age (by Sept. 30 for the year of the upcoming camp). Strong applicants will have leadership skills, enjoy working with youth, and preferably have previous experiences working at a youth camp or as a teen leader for another youth program.
Teen Counselor Applications
The process is competitive and only select applicants will proceed to the interview portion. Final selections will be made in October and monthly training requirements must be met by each candidate for the counselor positions in order to attend 4-H Camp. For the application or more details, contact Chesterfield Cooperative Extension.
4-H General Clubs
4-H membership varies in age based on specific clubs or activities. 4-H offers age categories as follows:
- Cloverbuds (ages 5-8)
- Junior Members (ages 9-13)
- Senior Members (ages 14-18)
Chesterfield Classic Equestrians (ages 9-18)
- Project focus is animal science
- Club is active in competitive riding
- Contact Chesterfield Classic Equestrians Club
Feathers and Feet - Poultry Club (ages 9-18)
- Project focus in animal science
- Club is active in learning showmanship skills for competition
- Contact Feathers and Feet - Poultry Club
Four-Legged Clovers - Horse Club (ages 5-18)
- Project focus is animal science, specifically horses
- Club is active in competitive riding and events
- Contact Four-Legged Clovers - Horse Club
Green Clover Kids - Homeschool Club (ages 5-18)
- Projects vary
- Several sub-groups based on age and interest of members
- Primarily for homeschool families
- Contact Green Clover Kids - Homeschool Club
Sharpshooters Shooting Sports Club (ages 9-18)
- Project focus is science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and shooting sports education
- Club is active in building skills for competitions
- This club is currently at capacity and not accepting new registrations at this time. Please email Cooperative Extension to be placed on a waitlist.
4-H SpIn Clubs
A 4-H SpIn (special interest) club is for small groups of young people to learn about a topic of interest in-depth. The SpIn club model provides increased flexibility in when and how long groups meet.
Teen Leadership and Camp Counselors (ages 14-18)
The project focus of this Spin club is on teen leadership and development. Service learning and skills-building will take place at local and state level events. This camp is for teens ages 14-18. For more information, contact Chesterfield Cooperative Extension.