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Rick Hester
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Courthouse - B-206
207 E. Johnston Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
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Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-989-5100
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Fun at Summer 4-H Camp

 Camp Programs

Thousands of youth from all 100 counties and the Cherokee Indian Reservation enjoy summer fun and adventure at the five 4-H camps each year.  The N.C. 4-H Camps are operated on a non-profit basis and offer a dynamic experience in the out-of-doors at a bargain price.

All 4-H Camps have swimming pools and offer:

  • Swimming Lessons
  • Softball
  • Crafts
  • Volleyball
  • Canoeing
  • Cookouts
  • Nature Study
  • Camp Fires
  • Archery
  • Challenge Course
  • Singing
  • Stunts
  • Group Games
  • Talent Shows
  • Computer Skills
  • Vespers

Each camp has a number of special programs offered only at the particular camps.  These are listed further down the page.


Each 4-H camp has a mature and experienced resident staff.  They are trained in such areas as:

  • Swimming instruction
  • Water safety
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Archery
  • Recreation
  • Crafts
  • First Aid
  • Understanding and working with youth

Volunteer counselors and 4-H agents attending from the counties help supervise campers and coordinate group activities.

North Carolina 4-H Camps

Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp - near Reidsville, N.C.

Camp Specialties: Horsemanship, recreational and leisure instruction including photography and astronomy; computers

Millstone 4-H Camp - near Ellerbe, N.C.

Camp Specialties: Hand-on experiences with wildlife, nature and other natural resources; gun-safety including riflery.

Mitchell 4-H Camp - near Swansboro, N.C.

Camp Specialties: Study of marine life and coastal environment, sailing and overnight camping on Bear Island.

Swannanoa 4-H Camp - near Swannanoa, N.C.

Camp Specialties: Mountain heritage programs and pioneering activities: mountain hikes, overnight camps.

Who Can Attend?

The North Carolina resident 4-H camp programs are designed primarily for youth ages 9 through 13.  Older youth may attend resident camp as teen counselors or as a camper at one of the special interest camps.  Adults are welcome to come as volunteer counselors.  4-H membership is not required for attendance at 4-H camp.

Special Interest Groups

Ask your county Extension 4-H agent about special interest camps which are open to teenagers.  There are several to chose from - Horse Camps; Fur, Fish, and Game Rendezvous (wildlife); Marine Science; Electric and  New Technology Camp; and a series of weekend adventure camps specifically for teens.

What Parents Should Know

In today's busy, electronically stimulated world, youth need a safe "time out" to simply relax and have fun.  However, camp is much more than a vacation or a place to enjoy nature, it is also a place to learn, grow, and develop life skills.

Camping is one of the most valuable learning experiences a youngster can have.  Boys and girls learn to appreciate the wonder and majesty of the outdoors with others their own age.  Camping offers them group living, learning to get along with others, acquire new skills, understanding people with interests different from their own, and the opportunity to make lasting friends.

4-H camps can offer your child a fun, safe, and challenging experience.  North Carolina 4-H camps offer the necessary facilities, quality materials and equipment, diversified programs and skilled staff at an unbelievably low cost.

4-H Camping groups are organized locally by county Extension 4-H agents.  They arrange transportation and agents and volunteers accompany youth to camp.  For more information contact:

Agricultural Extension Service

Johnston County

806 North Street

Smithfield, NC 27577


Information provided by the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service