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Camps are open to all.  You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend.

Wild West CAMP July 13-18, 2015 (Registration Opens March 20th)

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The 4-H Wild West Camp is held at the Oregon 4-H Center just 7 miles northwest of Salem. To learn more about the 4-H center facilities, including maps, check out their website at: 4-H Center website.   It is open to all youth completing grades 4-7 (need not be a 4-H member).  This overnight camp is designed to give youth hands-on outdoor experiences like hiking, riding horses, canoeing, fishing, archery, swimming, natural science, digital photography, crafts, and more.  Campers are placed with trained high school age 4-H counselors and supervised by 4-H youth development staff.  Youth participate in traditional campfire activities with songs, skits, s'mores and more.

Cost is $225 per camper if registered by June 16, 2015. ($35 late fee after June 16). 

Online credit card payment option. (Must still complete the camper registration & waiver form below)

Horse Track is open to youth completing 6th & 7th grade.   Although all campers have one horse riding class, campers in horse track get a class every day and stay in the bunkhouses at Horse Camp.  Space is limited; Last year it filled up on the first day of registration.  

Wild West Camp Registration Forms (4 pages)

Wild West Camp Flyer

Wild West Camp Schedule 2014

Wild West Camp Parent Information

What to bring to camp

What's this Camp All About?

Mini 4-H Camp  June 12-14, 2015    (Friday-Sunday)    Grades 2-4

Explore your first overnight camp experience with The 4-H Mini Camp. It is a 2 night camp open to youth completing grades 2nd-4th.  The camp allows youth who would normally be too young to attend Wild West Camp the chance to get a taste of camp life. Activities include hiking, swimming, archery and canoeing, in addition to traditional campfire songs and skits. Camper will be placed with high school aged Wild West counselors and Counselors-in-training as well as  adult staff members or volunteers. Youth will be staying in self-contained cottages that sleep 16 and have their own restrooms.  Cost is $80 if registered by May 22nd, $15 late fee after May 22nd.

Mini Camp Registration Forms (4 pages)

Mini Camp Flyer  (2015)

Mini Camp Schedule  (2014)

What to Bring to Mini Camp


Junior Master Gardener Day Camp   Grades K-4

All JMG Camps       9:30am-2:30pm


Need not be enrolled in 4-H to attend!  May attend one or all camps

Dallas (June 18-20, 2014)   (Dallas City Park - Arboretum area)

Monmouth (June 30-July 2, 2014)  (Gentle Woods Park off of 99W)

Registration per camp:  $35   Earlybird: $30 by June 5th  ($60 Family Maximum)

We are seeking older youth to help as counselors.

OSU Summer Conference Link to State Website
Oregon Adventure  (July 8-9, 2014)      Grades 4-12  

Registration, Heath and Code of  Conduct Forms 

Flyer and schedule   Overnight - bring sleeping gear!

Combined clubs:  Polk 4-H Greenhorns and Polk 4-H Ambassadors.  Limited spots available.

2015 Dates:  September 14-16, 2015  Monday-Wednesday
2014  4-H Outdoor School (September 15-17, 2014)  Focus on Homeschool  Grades 5-8     OSU Flyer    Registration      Letter Home      What to Bring      Parents Info        Medical form      Schedule - 2014

Scholarship forms for Camp 2014 (used for any camp)

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    When 4-H alumni reminisce, they invariably point to 4-H camp, if they attended, as one of the highlights of their lives.

    “For many, it was their first time away from home,” Tassin said. “They had to learn to make new friends and to try new things. They had to learn teamwork skills.”

    In a survey of former campers and their parents, Tassin found tangible evidence of the value of the camping experience:

    For the campers—

    • 100% learned to do their share when working with others.
    • 98% met new people they would like to stay in touch with and want to go back to camp next year.
    • 93% learned to complete jobs they were responsible for and the importance of being on time.

    For the campers’ parents—

    • 100% felt the benefits of camp outweighed the cost; they were glad they sent their children to camp.
    • 93% said their children were more willing to try to things because of camp.
    • 90% felt their children gained self-confidence and respect for others.

    “Camping is a unique learning opportunity,” Tassin said. “At 4-H camp we offer a nurturing, caring environment where everybody gets the chance to have fun and learn something new.”