Junior Summer Camp
Junior 4-H Summer Camp is a week-long, residential summer camp program available to residents of York County and the City of Poquoson ages 9 to 13. Teens that are 14 can serve as Counselors-in-Training (CIT) during camp and teens ages 15-18 can serve as Teen Camp Counselors (see below for camp age policies and CIT/Counselor information). Camp is held every year at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center in Williamsburg, VA.
Please note that the York/Poquoson Extension Office is in charge of planning for and processing registration for our week of 4-H Summer Camp. Jamestown 4-H Center is just the facility we use during the week for camp programming. Registration and/or questions regarding York/Poquoson's 4-H Summer Camp should be directed to the York/Poquoson Extension office at 757-890-4940, not the Jamestown 4-H Center.
4-H camp provides youth countless opportunities for learning more about themselves, their peers, and the natural world around them. Days are filled with camp classes, unstructured recreation and swim time, flag ceremonies, evening programs, and campfires. Our main focus during camp is to help youth develop independence, self-esteem, confidence, interpersonal skills, and other life skills.
2019 York/Poquoson 4-H Junior Summer Camp!
While we do not have the dates for the 2019 4-H Junior Summer Camp yet, we are beginning the process of interviewing, hiring, and training Teen Counselors and Counselors-in-Training (CIT). If you are or will be between 15 and 18 years old from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 and would like to serve as a teen counselor submit your application to our office by October 15, 2018, with interviews to be held the week of October 22-26, 2018. If you are or will be 14 years old from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 and would like to serve as a CIT, reference forms need to be received in our office by November 16, 2018.
For additional questions regarding camp, please call our office at 757-890-4940.
- Classes & Activities
- Age Policy
- Cancellations & Refunds
- Applying as a Teen Counselor
- Applying as a Counselor-in- Training
- Frequently Asked Questions
The classes and evening activities offered at camp vary from year to year as well. Example classes include:
- Air rifle
- Art and crafts
- Camp nutrition
- Happy Feet
- Low ropes course
- Marine science
- Outdoor living skills
- Water polo
Youth will select the classes that they are most interested in on the first day of camp. Evening activities may include:
- Carnival games
- Outdoor games
- Pool party
- Talent show
Fees & Due Dates
The cost to attend camp for 2019 is TBD. A $85.00 deposit is due within 2 weeks of the date you register. The remaining camp balance is due by May 1, 2019.
Financial Assistance in the amount of a 75%, 50%, or 25% discount on camp fees is available to youth with financial need. Guidelines for financial assistance eligibility are based on the USDA’s eligibility guidelines for free and reduced school lunches; however, we do also consider extenuating circumstances in our financial assistance if necessary.
If you plan to apply for financial assistance, you should still register online like everyone else. Everyone, regardless of if they receive financial assistance or not, is required to register online and pay the $85.00 deposit. Once you complete the online registration process, you should call the Extension office at 757-890-4940 to request a Financial Assistance Application.
Once your Financial Assistance Application is received, you will be notified of any financial assistance you will receive. At that time, you can choose to accept the financial assistance and keep your child enrolled in camp (any remaining balances will be due by the regular camp fee due date) or cancel your child’s enrollment and receive a refund of your deposit.
- A camper is any youth that is 9 to 13 years old.
- A child that will turn nine before September 30, 2018 can attend camp as a camper (Thus, some 8 year olds can attend camp, as long as they will turn nine before September 30, 2018)
- Youth that are 13 between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 must attend camp as a camper. They cannot serve as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT).
- A Counselor-in-Training (CIT) must be 14 years of age.
- Teens that turn 14 between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 can apply to serve as a CIT.
- A Teen Camp Counselor must be 15 - 18 years of age.
- Teens that will be 15 years of age between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 can apply to serve as a Teen Camp Counselor.
- Teens that turn 19 after September 30, 2018, can not attend camp as a Teen Camp Counselor.
Any cancellations made after May 1, 2018 but prior to June 22, 2018, will result in a refund of all but the $85 deposit and a processing fee of 5% of the full cost of camp. ($99.50)
Any cancellations made after June 22, 2018, WILL NOT be refunded unless accompanied by a letter from a physician, or a documented family emergency. In the case of a documented reason, all but the $85 deposit and a processing fee of 5% of the full cost of camp will be refunded. ($99.50)
Teen Counselors for 2019 Junior 4-H Summer Camp
Teen Camp Counselors are required to be between the ages of 15-18. Teens that will be 15 years of age between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 can apply. Teens that will be 19 years of age after September 30, 2019 cannot serve as a Teen Camp Counselor. Scholarships are available on an as needed basis. A completed scholarship application must be received prior to February 1, 2019 to receive consideration, and will remain confidential. Call the Extension office at 757-890-4940 to request an application.
For those candidates selected as Teen Counselors, we will begin training in November, 2018 and will have one training per month from typically 6:00 – 8:00 PM, with trainings also possible on weekends. Teens may only miss one training date. Any additional dates missed must be excused by a physician, with missed training time made up. Any teen missing more than one training date will not be allowed to go to summer camp. Additionally, all teen counselors are required to attend TALT (Teen Adult Leadership Training) at Jamestown 4-H Center. This time will allow us to complete the mandatory 24 hours of training to meet compliance with American Camping Association policy.
2019 Counselor-In-Training (CIT)
Youth interested in developing leadership, citizenship, and life skills that will benefit you, and your community, in the future.
So, what is the CIT program?
The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program is designed to train teens in camp counseling skills while training with the hired teen counselors leading up to camp, taking a CIT class at camp, and minimally assisting in camp. This experience is needed and teens should serve as a CIT before becoming a 4-H Junior Camp Teen Counselor.
The philosophy of this program is for teens to develop and improve their skills as well as utilize their abilities to work with others in a camp setting, to learn responsibility and the importance of following through, and to learn camp procedures and program skills. The CIT program is designed to teach new counselors how to work with younger children and to have them return as teen counselors in the coming years. CIT’s will learn the purpose of camping and how it relates to the total or overall 4-H program. The CIT program provides opportunities for teens to grow and develop as well as learn leadership, team building, and life skills.
The objectives of the CIT program include:
- To develop and improve leadership skills
- To enhance by utilizing abilities
- To learn how to make wise decisions
- To improve self-esteem
- To discover and explore positive capabilities and potential talent
- To learn to work positively with younger children, peers, and adults
- To learn counseling techniques and how to be a friend to others
- To assist and lead under the guidance and direction of experienced counselors and staff
- To learn and understand camp objectives
- To become familiar with and enforce camp policies and procedures
- To learn to be a follower as well as a leader
Requirements for CIT’s/Job Description:
1. Serve under the guidance of an experienced 4-H Camp Teen Counselor, Adult, or Camp Staff.
2. Have a strong interest/experience in working with children.
3. Assist with meal time activities such as table setting.
4. Potentially serve as an assistant to a Teen Counselor or Adult during group meetings, as well as
during recreation/leisure activities.
5. May assist Teen Counselors, Adults, and Center Staff with preparations for evening programs and other
6. Counselors-In-Training will not be allowed to serve in a supervisory position of campers. They will work as an
assistant or apprentice to a teen counselor or adult.
7. Serve as a POSITIVE influence and role model to every camper at all times!
8. Promote the Six Pillars of Character…Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring,
Where: Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
Cost: CITs pay the regular camp fee of TBD. Scholarships are available on an as needed basis. A completed scholarship application must be received prior to March 30th, 2019 to receive consideration, and will remain confidential. Call the Extension office at 757-890-4940 to request an application.
What: A CIT is a 14 year old teen who desires to become a teen counselor the following year. CIT's go to camp as a camper, but take a CIT class during the two morning sessions instead of a regular camp class. Selected CIT's will train with the teen counselors once per month, and will be assigned a mentor teen who will assist and guide them on their journey to become a future Teen Counselor.
Adult Volunteers Role
Every year, we need approximately four male and seven female Adult Volunteers during camp. Adult Volunteers help us provide a safe, supportive, and fun environment for our campers.
Serving as an Adult Volunteer is an incredibly rewarding and fun experience. Adult volunteers serve as "caring adults" for the campers, and have the opportunity to experience many of the camp classes and activities. During the week, Adult Volunteers assist with classes and activities as needed, but mostly serve as adult chaperones and role models.
Adult Volunteers that stay all 4 nights of camp receive a discount on the camp fee for their children.
Become a Volunteer
Adults interested in volunteering must:
- Complete Adult Volunteer Application
- Submit to and pass a background check
- Attend an in-person interview
- Attend Teen and Adult pre-camp training
To inquire about serving as an Adult Volunteer for Junior 4-H Camp, please call our office at 757-890-4940 or email us.
Adult Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age by October 1, 2018 and must complete 24 hours of training prior to camp. The 24 hours of training can be a combination of online and in-person training.
4-H Junior Camp Registration Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for 4-H Camp?
Registration for 4-H Camp will only be collected through our online format. Registration will open at 8:00 am on
February 1st, 2018.
I do not have access to a computer and/or the internet. How can I register for camp?
If you do not have access to a computer and/or the internet and as a result cannot complete online registration, please call our office at 757-890-4940. We will collect your camper’s information and we will attempt to complete the registration process for you. We will try to register your child online on February 1st at 8:00 am the exact same way everyone else is attempting to register. Having our office register your child because you do not have access to a computer/internet does not give you an advantage over others registering themselves. We cannot guarantee that your child will be registered in camp. We take requests to complete the registration process for you on a first-come-first-served basis. Thus, we will attempt to register the first person that contacted us first then register every other person in the order in which they contacted us.
How will I register once it turns 8:00 am on February 1st? What information will I need to have ready to register?
At 8:00 am on February 1st, you should click on the links on our website to take you to the registration page for either a male or female camper (You must register male and female campers separately via two separate links). In the top box on that registration page, labeled “Registration Information”, you will see a drop down box on the far right under “Quantity”. You will select the quantity of campers you wish to register (you are allowed to register 1-4 campers of the same gender at one time) and then click on the large, green “Register” button.
Once you click “Register” you will be taken to the registration page. At this point you have secured your registration spots. (Registration spots are “secured/held” once you click register.) Those spots will be held for 12 minutes while you complete the registration information. If you do not submit the registration information within 12 minutes, your registration spots will be released and will become available to others trying to register.
In order to complete the registration, you will need the following information for each camper:
• Camper First and Last Name
• Parent/Guardian First and Last Name
• Parent/Guardian Home Phone Number (required, cell and work phone numbers optional)
• Parent/Guardian Email Address
• Parent/Guardian Mailing Address
• Camper Age
• Camper Birthdate
• Camper Gender
• Camper T-shirt Size (Youth S, M, L, XL or Adult S, M,L, XL, XXL, or Other)
Are my spots in camp “confirmed” when I hit the “Register” button of when I submit the registration information?
Once you click the “Register” button on the registration home page your spots will be held for 12 minutes while you complete the registration information. At this point you have secured your registration spots. (Registration spots are “secured/held” once you click register.) Those spots will be held for 12 minutes while you complete the registration information. If you do not submit the registration information within 12 minutes, your registration spots will be released and will become available to others trying to register.
How many campers can I register at one time?
You can register up to 4 campers of the same gender at one time. You must register male and female campers separately via two different web-links.
How will I know my registration is complete/confirmed?
As soon as you submit your registration, a webpage will pop up with order information. You will also receive an email with your registration confirmation. This email may take several minutes to appear in your inbox.
Please note however: There are two steps to the registration process. Step 1 is registering online. Step 2 is turning in your $85.00 deposit/per camper. Registration is NOT complete until we receive the $85.00 deposit per camper. Deposits must be received within 2 weeks of your registration date or your spot in camp will be given to someone on the waitlist.
How do I pay for camp?
We cannot accept online/credit card payment for 4-H camp. Once you complete the online registration process, you will need to mail a $85.00 deposit per camper (or the whole camp fee of $290.00 per camper if you choose) to our office at:
Attention: Camp Registration
PO Box 532
Yorktown, VA 23690
You can also bring the deposit into our office at:
100 County Drive
Yorktown, VA 23692
We can accept cash or checks made out to "VCE: York". Please put your camper's name in the memo line of all checks or attach a note with your camper's name to any cash payments. Deposits must be received within 2 weeks of your registration date or your spot in camp will be given to someone on the waitlist. The remaining camp fee balance will be due on June 22, 2018.
I would like to apply for financial assistance for my child to attend camp. How do I do that/Do I register online like everyone else?
Financial Assistance in the amount of a 75%, 50%, or 25% discount on camp fees is available to youth with financial need. Guidelines for financial assistance eligibility are based on the USDA’s eligibility guidelines for free and reduced school lunches; however, we do also consider extenuating circumstances in our financial assistance if necessary. To request a Financial assistance application, call the Extension office at 757-890-4940. If you plan to apply for financial assistance, you should still register online like everyone else. Everyone, regardless of if they receive financial assistance or not, is required to register online and pay the $85.00 deposit. Once you complete the online registration process, you should mail your financial assistance application in with your $85.00 deposit. Once your application is received, you will be notified of any financial assistance you will receive. At that time, you can choose to accept the financial assistance and keep your child enrolled in camp (any remaining balances will be due by the regular camp fee due date) or cancel your child’s enrollment and receive a refund of your deposit.
When I try to register all I see is an “add to waitlist” option.
If the only option you see when you try to register is to “add to waitlist” that means the camp is full and we are putting people on the waitlist. If you see this option, please click on the “add to waitlist” option. You will be asked to provide the name of your camper as well as an email address and phone number you can be reached at when/if a spot opens in the camp. Registration for 4-H Junior Camp in York/Poquoson fills very quickly. It is likely that you may only be able to “add to waitlist” within the first few minutes after registration opens. Unfortunately, you can only add one person to the waitlist at a time. If you are trying to register more than one child of the same gender, you will have to add one child to the waitlist, then go back and add the other child/children to the waitlist one at a time.
How do I know what number my child is on the waitlist? What happens when my child gets put on the waitlist?
Unfortunately, the system does not tell you your position on the waitlist immediately. Registration for 4-H Junior Camp in York/Poquoson fills very quickly. It is likely that you may only be able to “add to waitlist” within the first few minutes after registration opens. We will send an email to everyone on the waitlist 2 days after registration opens letting you know your position on the waitlist. The reason for the delay is to give us time to ensure the waitlist is accurate – i.e. some people add their children multiple times. We like to be able to remove duplicates if necessary so that we can give you an accurate position on the waitlist. When/if a spot in the camp opens up for your child, you will be contacted by phone and email. You will be given 2 business days from the time we contact you to claim the spot. If we do not hear from you within 2 business days, we will offer the spot to the next person on the waitlist. Once you have claimed a spot in camp, the camp deposit of $85.00 will be due within 2 weeks.
The York/Poquoson 4-H Junior Camp is very popular and registration fills so quickly, why don’t you offer another week of the camp?
Unfortunately, that is not an option. There are six 4-H camping centers throughout the state, and every county/city in the state is assigned one week of camp at one of the centers. The Jamestown 4-H Center serves 23 different counties and cities by providing one week of summer camp to each location. There are really only about nine full weeks that can support camps in the summer, so those 23 localities partner up and each “cluster” of localities takes a week. There is not a 4-H camping facility available to host another week of camp for York/Poquoson. York/Poquoson is very lucky in that we have our own week of camp – we do not have to share camper spots with any other location.
If my child does not get into the York/Poquoson week of 4-H Camp, can they attend another week of 4-H
Junior Camp with another locality?
All of the camp “clusters” work together, and we share our waitlists with each other. Thus, if another week of camp has open spots, they let the 4-H programs in the other localities know and we send them our waitlists if we have them. It is our goal to fill every single spot in every single week of camp if possible. However, most localities try to fill their week of camp with residents from their own county/city first. After a certain time, if they haven’t filled with their own residents, they will open it up to residents from other counties/cities. You would have to contact each locality and ask them how they handle registration for non-residents. You can find the camp schedule and contact information for each week on the Jamestown 4-H Center website: