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The 4-H Youth Development Program helps young people grow to become productive citizens. We offer 4-H clubs/projects, and summer camp. Columbia County 4-H youth programs build leadership skills, communication skills, and citizenship skills!
Youth ages 9 to 18 can join in 4-H specific projects. We also have a program for youth ages 5 to 8 called 4-H Cloverbuds. Visit How to Join for more details, and call 503-397-3462. We'll be happy to connect you with 4-H clubs that have the same project interests as your child.
4-H needs adult volunteers
Adult volunteers lead 4-H projects and programs. Make a difference in the lives of youth in Columbia County. For more information about becoming a 4-H volunteer, visit Volunteer Opportunities. Please call for more information, and to reserve your spot for our next New Leader's Training.
4-H IMPORTANT DATES:
Small Animal Learning Day: January 23, 2016
Columbia County Horse Classic: February 27, 2016
Teen Leadership Retreat: April 8-10, 2016
Youth Fair: May 14-15, 2016
Youth Fair - Horse: May 20-22, 2016
4-H County Fair: July 18-24, 2016 Registration Deadline: June 1, 2016
Summer Camp: June 19-22, 2016
OSU Summer Conference: June 22-25, 2016
4-H State Fair: August 26 - September 5, 2016
Summer Camp for Youth
Why 4-H Summer Camp?
4-H Summer Camp is a tradition in Columbia County. Beyond tradition, there are more reasons for youth to attend Summer Camp.
Research indicates that “camp provides an experience for youth to grow socially, to develop important life skills, try new activities, and experience nature, all in a fun, hands-on setting.”*
Campers were asked “What they liked best about our 4-H Camp” they said: “The make-up skit and flag ceremony” ~ “The food and the other campers” ~ “Frisbee, kickball and swimming” ~ “I liked archery the best” ~ “Canoeing” these all match the finding with camp research.**
Many of today’s youth spend the large portion of their time indoors. Camp allows youth to be outside and away from their “normal routine.” At the end of camp, campers reported that camp “helped them to feel good about themselves, learn new things, to make friends, and to respect others who may be different from themselves. Perhaps most importantly, the natural setting of camp allowed campers to enjoy learning about the natural world.” *
When we ask our campers “what they would tell a friend?” They said: its fun and a great place to go ~ you can canoe and shoot arrows ~ its lots of fun, but to bring bug spray ~ it’s pretty chill and the food is great. **
Important aspects of 4-H camp include the opportunity to develop appreciation of the outdoors, experience being away from home, making new friends, and developing independence.*
The trained volunteers who serve on the 2016 4-H Summer Camp Committee continue to work to provide a program for the 2016 4-H Summer Camp that includes: Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity, the 4-H Essential Elements. In doing so, we know that 4-H Summer Camp can be and is a fun learning experience for the campers and staff.
Make plans to register your 4th through 7th grader in this year 4-H Summer Camp - deadline is May 13th - but it fills up fast - don't wait! Camp is held in Warrenton OR at Camp Kiwanilong, you must provide your own transportation. The cost is $95.00.
* Oregon 4-H Summer Camps Statewide Camp Evaluation 2011, Mary E. Arnold, Ph.D., Courtney Archibeque,
** Columbia County 4-H Summer Camp Survey 2015, Woody Davis,