Now accepting registrations for 4-H Great Lakes Natural Resource Camp 2019! If you or someone you know is between the ages of 13 and 15, love the outdoors, and are looking for a life changing summer, this camp is for you!
Young teens have fun and amazing outdoor hands-on learning experiences as they go charter fishing, snorkeling, sailing, hike through forests, wade through wetlands, explore dunes and more! This really fun MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life!
Learning sessions and recreation are designed to:
The camp is for teens aged 13 to 15, or going into 8th-10th grades in the fall, who are functioning at grade-level or above. (We use the public school cut-off date for school-year eligibility which is that 2019 campers must be born before 12/01/2006 to be entering 8th grade in the fall.) You don’t need to be a 4-H member to attend.
So each camper can have the best experience possible, each camper must be able to fully participate in grade-level appropriate small group science learning sessions as well as very active large group recreation. It’s an action-packed week of fun and learning! (Campers who are unable to meet these expectations will be dismissed from camp at the parent/guardians expense.)
Maximum camper capacity is 70 campers, so apply early to increase your chances of getting a spot. Promotional materials and applications will be available in February.
The camp is held at a place called Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, near the shores of Lake Huron between Alpena and Rogers City. The state-licensed camp has dormitory-style cabins, a dining hall, and toilet and shower facilities. Meals are all prepared by a qualified cook and served right in the dining hall.
If you’re a returning camper, you’ll be able to participate in the “regular” camp activities, plus these extras:
The educational experiences at camp help prepare, reinforce and enrich what youth have already studied and will study at school in the future as established by the Michigan Department of Education. Through a variety of camp sessions, youth will explore a number of discipline specific ideas and participate in the process of science through the integration of Science and Engineering Practices that address Michigan’s new science standards.
4-H has a long history of preparing youth for careers and college. GLNR Camp, in collaboration with partners across the state, is engaging youth in the practices identified in Michigan that create a common understanding of what students should be able to do at the completion of High School.
Campers who enter eighth, ninth or tenth grades following their involvement are eligible for nomination to apply for a $2000 MSU Pre-College Achievement Scholarship. Campers will be invited to apply based on criteria such as attitude, behavior and active participation. The funds will be applied toward the first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student. For more information, visit the 4-H Scholarships area of this site.
The 2019 camper fee is $375 for Michigan 4-H members and $395 for Michigan youth who are nonmembers. The fee includes meals and snacks, lodging, a T-shirt, and program and activity fees. Donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation, Michigan Sea Grant Extension and MSU Extension generously offset about 25 percent of the real $450-a-camper cost! Out-of-state campers will be accepted with a $450 fee if space is still available after May 1.
A limited number of state 4-H scholarships are offered for teens with financial need. 4-H members can also contact your county MSU Extension office to see if local scholarships may be available.
Camper registrations are due by May 1, but space is limited to 70, so early registration is encouraged.
Counselor applications are due by March 29, 2019.
Full payment is due when registering. If you have a scholarship, please pay in full and have the scholarship source reimburse you directly. Beginning June 5, wait-listed applicants will be offered spaces forfeited by campers who failed to meet the deadline.
Permission forms will be sent directly to you via email. Please make sure you list an email address that is checked regularly.