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4-H Summer Camp is back for 2024!


Camp Dates: Monday, June 17 - Saturday, June 22, 2024

Camp Cost: $425 Youth Staff/Camper, $210 Chaperone

Campers will stay in cabins; restrooms and showers are available; meals, snacks, activities, and t-shirts are all provided.

Camp Location: 
The Barrier - Sweetwater Youth Camp
Mariposa, CA
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Please see our FAQ for answers to some questions. This is a live document and will be added to as we receive questions. 
Contact: Adult Camp Directors, Briana, Bree, Jared and Siena at 4hcamp@contracosta4h.org
Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance:

Contra Costa: Funds may be available from County Council for Contra Costa 4-H Youth Members for up to 50% of camp registration cost and up to 100% of chaperone registration cost.  Fee waivers will be reimbursed after member returns from camp. Complete the Camp Fee Waiver Form by May 15, 2024 for consideration.

If you are attending from another county, please contact your local 4-H office for possible fee waiver availability.

Camp Cost Refund Policy: 100% refund until June 1. After June 1, No Refunds -  Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.

The 4-H Summer Camp provides an outdoor setting for group living where young people can design a program to meet the needs of all youth. The camp experience will provide an opportunity for all participants to gain a deeper understanding of their relationships to their fellow man and the natural environment. 

The core of the 4-H camp education program is to empower young people to share as partners in decision making, camp planning and implementation, and camp leadership on a day-to-day basis. 

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Goals of Camp 
* To provide opportunities to experience personal growth in self-confidence and self-esteem. 
* To develop an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the natural environment, including a concern for conservation and stewardship. 
* To develop new friends and create lasting friendships. 
* To develop a program that makes fun a priority. 
* To provide outstanding learning opportunities. 
* To develop opportunities for everyone to learn and practice leadership skills.
* To model group living skills in a healthy and safe environment.

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As in most 4-H activities, camp is run by teens, called "staffer", who start meeting in the fall to organize all the aspects of camp - everything from the food to the themes for the events.  There is one teen staffer to every five youth (called campers).  There are, of course, adult chaperones there as well (one for every ten campers) and a nurse on staff.

Campers take part in all the classic summer camp activities - hiking, arts and crafts, skits and songs around the campfire.  Campers sleep in cabins - girls on one side, boys on the other.  Each side has its own bathrooms and shower.