Junior 4-H Summer Camp is our residential summer camp program available to youth ages 9-18. Sessions typically last for one week; however, this may vary depending on the specific group being served.
During the past 50 years more than 145,000 youth from central, western, and southwestern Virginia have been to 4-H Camp at the W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center! The Skelton 4-H Center provides a safe, healthy, and supportive environment for youth to interact with their peers as well as caring, attentive adults who will serve as role models for their week of camp.
Summer camp at the Skelton 4-H Center provides youth ages 9-18 years old countless opportunities for learning more about themselves, their peers, and the natural world around them. This learning takes place through a wide range of camp activities and programs, all of which are designed to allow youth to "learn by doing" through hands-on participation in these activities and programs. Days are filled with instructional-based camp classes, unstructured recreation and swim time, flag ceremonies, and evening programs to end each day.
One of the major benefits to 4-H Camp is that campers have such a wide range of camp classes to choose from. This is possible thanks to the partnership between the 4-H Center and your local 4-H Program. Campers have more than twenty (20) class options each week, sometimes as many as forty (40) classes to choose from! 4-H Center offered classes include Basic Horsemanship, Riflery, Swimming, Canoeing, Climbing Tower, Multimedia, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, Kayaking, Outdoor Adventures, Performing Arts, Arts & Crafts, Ceramics, Mobile Technology, Low Ropes Course, Archery, and Small Animal Science... all taught by highly trained, professional camp staff. Local 4-H Programs supplement 4-H Center offered classes by offering a variety of classes ranging from martial arts to spa treatment and campfire cookery to boot-camp!
Teen Counselors, Adult Volunteers and 4-H Center Camp Staff all work together to supervise campers. Teen counselors and adult volunteers are recruited, screened, and trained in their home counties with training support provided by the 4-H Center. Full time 4-H Center Summer Staff participate in more than two (2) weeks of mandatory, intensive staff training prior to the start of camp. The 4-H Center's supervision policy includes a minimum of a 1:6 staff to camper supervision ratio for Junior 4-H Camp.
Each week of 4-H Camp features at least two (2) highly trained, experienced, and professional Camp Directors including your local 4-H Extension Agent (or trained designee) as well as the 4-H Center Summer Program Director.
2017 Camp Dates
(click your county to contact your 4-H Agent and register for camp!)
April 7-9 Teen and Adult Leader Training (TALT)
June 5-9 Henry, Martinsville
June 12-16 Danville, Franklin, Halifax
June 19-23 Bedford, Pittsylvania
June 26-30 Patrick, Pulaski
July 3-7 Botetourt, Craig, Rockbridge
July 10-14 Floyd, Giles, Montgomery
July 17-21 Roanoke
July 24-28 Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockingham
*if your child has specific dietary needs, please speak with your 4-H Agent about ways we can accommodate. We can easily prepare vegetarian meals as well gluten-free and dairy-free selections with proper notification. Our kitchen is ServSafe certified and our staff completes regular training with VCE Food and Consumer Science trainers.
2017 Camping Calendar
Sample Packing List
BunkOne (Formerly BunkNotes)
Want to get in touch with a specific camper? The Skelton 4-H Center has partnered with BunkOne to provide emails to campers for a nominal fee.
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Summer Staff in Training (S.I.T.) Program
The Staff-In-Training (SIT) program offers a select number of qualified teens the opportunity to serve as “junior” staff members for a two-week period, with the potential to serve a third session for those with exceptional performance (District Camp). SITs have the opportunity to positively impact campers from other counties while experiencing “the life of a staff member."
SITs will be assigned a mentor (a veteran staff member) on a weekly basis with whom they will spend much of their time during that week, while assisting with classes and other camp operational responsibilities. SIT positions are volunteer positions with lodging and meals provided. If at any point the SIT is not meeting expectations set forth in their orientation, their involvement in the SIT program will be terminated and they will be asked to leave the 4-H Center immediately. Ultimately, a successful SIT experience gives the participant the opportunity to showcase their abilities and improve their chances to be hired in subsequent years for a position on camp staff. However, participation in the SIT program does not guarantee employment in subsequent years.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the SIT program, applicant must be 16 years old or older and have completed at least their junior year of high school (11th grade). Typically, individuals who could be eligible for a position on staff would not be accepted into the SIT program. Participants must be available for the entirety of a session bellow. Each session will accept no more than four candidates.
The applications open September 30 every year, are due no later than Valentine's Day in the year of the camping season, so get yours in early!
To discuss this opportunity or for a paper application, please contact the Program Director at 540-721-2759 ext. 254