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2013  College Interns and 4-H Teen Leadership Opportunities

4-H Summer College Intership Opportunities

The 4-H Farm, Forest and Rivers Day Camp is Now Recruiting College Interns

We are now recruiting college students for our multiple 4-H Farms, Forest and Rivers Day Camp! This is a volunteer opportunity (small stipend available) open to all young adults currently enrolled in any college.  Interns will be expected to complete the 4-H Leader application process, undergo a 8-12 hour training, and commit to two weeks (July 8-12 and July 15-19). Total Hours:  110-120 hours.

Intership Openings Position Descriptions

Qualifications for college Interns


  • Completed at least one year of college (community college or university)
  • Desire and ability to work with children and young adults in a camp setting
  • Be a self-starter and able to work with minimum amount of supervision
  • Must have leadership skills, ability to motivate, manage, and counsel
  • Ability to communicate with, relate to, and serve as an example to all campers and staff
  • Willingness and ability to take full responsibility for safety and security of campers
  • Ability to give and receive guidance, constructive feedback, and support


Physical Requirements for College Interns:


This position would require the ability to listen to others, observe others’ actions, read text and information; comprehend instructions and manuals, and physical ability to move about the camp property in various environmental conditions.


Time Frame and Hours for College Interns  (approximately 100-120 hours total)


Camp Staff Training:  8 hours on July 2nd


Camp Dates and Times:  The camp is held from July 8-12 and July 15-19.  The hours of the camp are 9:00-4:00 pm.  Camp staff are expected to be on site from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.


Camp Pre-Planning: Approximately 15-20 hours will be required prior to camp for camp staff training and education planning


Location of Camp


The camp site is located in NW Portland less than a mile from the St. Johns Bridge.  The site is backs up to Forest Park in a beautiful wooded setting.  It is ½ mile walk from Bus 16.




This position is primarily an education/learning opportunity. However, we offer a $200 stipend to help cover personal expenses. For those without housing in Portland, lodging (camping on site) can be arranged with access to a kitchen for cooking, and bathroom/shower facilities.

Application Deadline:  June 10, 2013



Contact Maureen Hosty at (503)916-6075 or contact by email for questions about the Forest, Rivers and Farm Camp


Teen Leadership Opportunities



We are now recruiting youth leaders for our multiple 4-H Summer Day Camps! This is a volunteer opportunity open to all youth in grades 8-12. 4-H Membership is not required. Youth leaders will be expected to complete the 4-H Camp Counselor application, undergo a 8-12 hour training, and commit to at least one week at the following 4-H Day Camps!


  • Must have completed 8th grade by June 2013
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Willing to participate in counselor training sessions
  • Love of the outdoors and a willingness and enthusiasm for sharing it with children

Benefits of Teen Leadership Programs

Through this special volunteer leadership opportunity teen youth will

  • build leadership skills
  • gain valuable job skills
  • build resume for future jobs and college scholarships
  • meet and learn alongside other youth leaders
  • have time to spend outside in a fun and engaging atmosphere
  • have fun!

Application Process

To become a 4-H Teen Counselor each teen will be required to:

  • complete the 4-H Teen Counselor online application

  • complete a 4H youth Member Enrollment packet

  • participate in a camp staff interview (interviews will be set up for each applicant)
  • participate in a 20-hour teen leader training program (dates: Feb 10, March 10, April 14 and June TBD) - all trainings are held on Sundays from 1-4 pm at the 4-H Clubhouse at Alpenrose Dairy.


Dates and Locations


July 8-12 and July15-19
Forest and Farm 4-H Day Camp

Campers Explore the ecosystems of Portland from farms and forests to fields and rivers in a fun, creative, and nurturing atmosphere. Campers develop skills in a variety of areas from fort building to cooking, gardening, botanical arts, sewing, theatre production, fishing and much more.

4-H Discovery Farm Summer Day Camp

Dates TBD

4-H Discovery Farm Summer Day Camp at Alpenrose Dairy is open to youth, ages 6-12, providing affordable, hands-on, small group activities with animals, and in the farm garden. Alpenrose's Dairyville is the ideal setting for an authentic urban camp experience with the 4-H approach - creating living classrooms for young people.

CARVER (transportation will be available from SE Portland)

Farm-tastic Day Camp
Jump for Joy Farm Day Camp (11 one-week sessions available)

This diverse 27 acre farm just 30 minutes from Portland is an exceptional place where children will enjoy a wide range of fun, exciting educational and recreational activities.

Teen Counselor Responsibilities

Serving as a 4-H camp teen counselor is an excellent leadership opportunity and lots of fun. The OSU Extension 4-H faculty and adult leader staff will provide Training and support for the 4-H camp counselors. In partnership with the adult volunteer staff you will also have the opportunity to help us develop our 4-H Day Camp Program.

Please take the time to review the information about our camp.

4-H Teen leaders are a very important part of the camp staffing plan. 4-H Teen Camp Counselors are both givers and receivers of 4-H camp educational programs.

  • Sets a good example according to camp objectives
  • Be a good, enthusiastic camper
  • Be responsible for 5-6 campers
  • Be punctual and attend all camp programs
  • Associate with campers instead of other counselors
  • Accept responsibility for enforcing all camp rules
  • Never leave camp without permission from the Camp Director
  • Abide by all rules, policies, and procedures
  • Assume full responsibility of the safety of the campers
  • Assume responsibility for the behavior of the campers in the cabins
  • assist with the orderly mealtime
  • See that all campers participate in the daily fulfillment of cabin clean-up
  • Facilitate campers personal hygiene, practices, and make sure campers are properly dressed for different activities
  • Seek adult staff help with difficult campers
  • In partnership with other teen counselors and adult counselor liaison, plan and organize the "Evening All-Camp" programs
  • Assist assigned camper group (5-6 campers) for campfire program which include skits, camp songs and other special presentations
  • Prepare name tags for each camper in assigned camper group
    In cooperation with other teen camp counselors decorate cabins using a wildlife theme and assist with camp clean up.

SUPERVISOR: Camp Director (OSU Extension 4-H Faculty)


Contact Maureen Hosty at (503)916-6075 or contact by email for questions about the Forest, Rivers and Farm Camp or the Jump4Joy Farm-Tastic Camp.

Contact Liz Smith at 503-245-5070 or email for questions about the Alpenrose 4-H Day Camp.

Contact Darsy Schaal at 503-821-1119 or email for information about 4-H enrollment process

Please Note: There is no guarantee that all counselors applicants will be selected for camp staff.


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