University of Maryland Extension

Frederick County 4-H Camp

2020 Camp Information!

We would like to invite you to attend the Frederick County 4-H Camping Program. We offer day and residential camping programs at the Frederick County 4-H Camp and Activities Center near Jefferson, Maryland. The 4-H Camping program represents decades of 4-H outdoor education in Frederick County, and continues to expand. As an accredited camp of the American Camping Association (ACA), Frederick County 4-H offers one of the best camping programs in Frederick County. Accreditation with ACA requires the Frederick County 4-H Program to meet and maintain a higher standard of education and safety for campers. Campers have the opportunity to attend Day Camp and/or Residential Camp if they choose!

Our goals at Frederick County 4-H Camp are to:

  1. To provide opportunities that stimulate the development of each camper's self-esteem. Includes playing getting to know you games, selecting free-choice activities, and receiving positive reinforcement from staff.
  2. To help each camper appreciate the natural surroundings and take an active role in the stewardship of our environment. Includes sessions on nature the environment and campfires. 
  3. To provide situations for each camper to set goals and challenge themselves while discovering his or her own skills and abilities. Includes shooting sports, hiking, engineering activities, arts and crafts, kitchen patrol (KP) at meals, and new skills.
  4. To allow each child to experience group living. Including KP at meals, camp clean-up, living in cabins, and group planning for activities. 

Through their camp experience, youth should have:
  • Made at least one new friend
  • Learned how to contribute to a team and work with others to solve problems
  • Developed initiative and responsibility skills by caring for and keeping track of all their personal belongings
  • Experienced new things
  • Enjoyed learning new skills

The staff has put many hours into planning, training and preparation to offer a safe and memorable experience for the campers.  Some of last year's activities included: swimming, arts & crafts, sports, nature hikes, survival training, archery, shooting sports, floral arranging, cake decorating, outdoor cooking, canning, and skits & acting (different activities are scheduled for the second week of camp). 

For more information about camp please see our Camp Handbook.

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Day Camp will be offered one week July 20- July 24

  • Youth Ages 8-13 may attend M-F (5 days) 
  • Cost - $210.00 Early Bird - Register by April 15th, $240 Regular - Registration after April 15th
  • Includes meals (most campers eat before coming but cereal is available if needed) snack, lunch, snack)
  • Campers will receive a bunk to store items for the week.  Swimsuits and towels are hung to dry for use the following day.  Packing list, directions to camp, camp staff listing and other general information will be sent after all camper paperwork is turned in, emailed about 1 week prior to camp.
  • Day Camp drop off time is between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.; pick up time is between 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. each day. 


Residential Camp (overnight camp) will be offered one week July 13- July 17

  • Youth Ages 8-13 may attend M-F (5 days) 
  • Cost - $310.00 Early Bird - Register by April 15th, $340 Regular - Registration after April 15th
  • Includes all meals and snacks (most campers eat before coming the first day but cereal is available if needed)
  • Campers will receive a bunk to store items for the week.  Swimsuits and towels are hung to dry for use the following day.  Packing list, directions to camp, camp staff listing and other general information will be sent after all camper paperwork is turned in, emailed about 1 week prior to camp.
  • Residential Camp drop off time is between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. on Monday; pick up time is between 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Friday

 Clover Academy will be offered for three days July 29 - July 31

  • Youth Ages 5-7 may attend W-F (3 days) 
  • Cost - $125.00 Early Bird -  Register by April 15th, $150 Regular - Registration after April 15th
  • Includes meals (most campers eat before coming but cereal is available if needed, snack, lunch, snack)
  • Campers will receive a bunk to store items for the duration of camp.  Swimsuits and towels are hung to dry for use the following day.  Packing list, directions to camp, camp staff listing and other general information will be sent after all camper paperwork is turned in, emailed about 1 week prior to camp.
  • Clover Academy drop off time is between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.; pick up time is between 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. each day.


* Ages for Camp are determined by age as of July 1st of the current year.  

 

We all can agree that these are exceptional times for our university, the State of Maryland, our nation and our global communities.  With the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Frederick County 4-H program is closely monitoring the situation and its potential implications for our summer camping programs. We will be following protocols set forth by the University of Maryland in regards to COVID-19 Pandemic for holding events and programs, including camp. If the University decides in the coming months to cancel our camping program, we will issue full refunds to all of our registered campers. In addition, until further notice please delay the return of your camp paperwork to our office. We will be in touch with registered campers as soon as possible regarding due dates for their camp paperwork.  
 

Camp Registration Process:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Submit payment (via check mailed to our office or via credit card when completing online registration form). Payment is due within 2 weeks of receiving your online registration or your registration will be removed from our system. If you require additional time to make your camp payment please contact the Camp Director at rjbayer@umd.edu.
  3. Complete all of the following required forms. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, please wait to submit your completed forms to our office until you are notified to do so. If you have any questions please contact the Camp Director at rjbayer@umd.edu.

Forms Checklist – provides instruction and information on how to complete all required forms.

Hard Copy Forms - Please send original documents. Faxed or emailed forms will not be accepted.

University of Maryland Extension Camp Health Form
Activity Approval Form/Bullying Policy
Internet Communication Policy
Camper Sunscreen Authorization Form
Camper Check-Out Form

Electronic Forms – Must be completed online. Coming Soon! (Individuals registering prior to online system being open will receive an email once the system is live and will have two weeks to complete the online paperwork.

 4-H Youth Code of Conduct
 Parental Consent and Informed Release Form
 Publicity Release Form
 Shooting Sports Liability Release

Camp Cancellation and Refund Policy:

  • Full refunds (minus a $10 processing fee) for camp cancellations made before April 15th.
  • 50% refund for camp cancellations between April 15th and May 31st.
  • No refunds for camp cancellations made after June 1st.  

Space is limited so register early!

Camp Orientation:
We will be offering an orientation for parents and campers at the camp center in June.  This is important for 1st time campers to 4-H Camp as there will be a tour of the camp center and an overview of camp, also any questions will be answered by the Camp Staff.  Date and time will be emailed to all registered campers.

Contact Us:
Camp questions? Contact Sara Arnold at sarnold2@umd.edu

If you need special assistance to participate in 4-H Camp, contact Erin Kline at erkline@ume.du or 301-600-1595 by June 1st.

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