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4-H Great Lakes Natural Resource Camp 2019

August 4 - August 10

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!

August 4-10, 2019
Camp Chickagami

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:

  • Increase teens’ appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors, natural resources, and science.
  • Increase teens’ knowledge about the Great Lakes, natural resources ecology and management issues.
  • Develop strong attitudinal attachment to Michigan’s unique natural resources and bioregional features.
  • Foster scientifically rooted environmental stewardship.
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests.
  • Develop leadership skills and self-confidence.
  • Increase social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.

Why Attend?

Top Ten Reasons to Attend This Camp

  1. Have fun in the great outdoors doing camp activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and having a campfire!
  2. Learn about and enjoy Great Lakes ecology and Michigan’s diverse natural resources.
  3. Explore natural resources management issues and what you can do to help.
  4. Find out about careers related to the Great Lakes and natural resources.
  5. Learn from Michigan State University faculty, MSU Extension program staff and others who are also natural resources experts.
  6. Discover environmental education projects that you can do at home.
  7. Make new friends from across the state and learn about where they are from.
  8. Enjoy a chance to be independent from your family in a safe, friendly environment.
  9. Learn new ideas, skills and techniques you can use for the rest of your life.
  10. Develop your leadership abilities.

Who should attend?

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.

Where is the Camp?

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.

More Opportunities for Returning Campers

If you’re a returning camper, you’ll be able to participate in the “regular” camp activities, plus these extras:

  • Take a night hike.
  • Try out advanced scientific techniques.
  • Take on extra leadership roles.
  • Be amazed as you notice things you may have missed or didn’t have time to participate in when you attended camp last time.
  • Strengthen your skills and qualifications to become a camp counselor in future years.

How Camp Helps in School

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.

MSU Pre-College Scholarship Opportunity

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.

Cost & How to Apply

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.

How Camper Registration Are Accepted

  • Returning campers (25-30 max)
  • New campers (40-45 max)
  • Gender balance (36 max for each gender)
  • 4-H member/non 4-H youth ratio (non 4-H will be limited)
  • Geographical representation of campers from across state.

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.


August 4
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