The annual 4-H Camp is one of the most tiring yet rewarding events we put on for the youth in our county. It is where lasting friendships, relationships and memories have been created. It is the place where kids find themselves, enjoy the quiet of the woods, or the noise from the blacktop. It is that tried and true summer camp experience that current members, their parents and even grandparents hold near and dear.
Fayette County 4-H camp is help at Camp Clifton (2256 Clifton Rd, Yellow Springs, OH 45387) in Yellow Springs and will take place May 31-June 4 (youth grades 3 and above). A fantastic group of camp counselors was selected in the fall of 2019 and have been working to plan and prepare for the 2020 camp. They have selected the theme of Decades at Camp Clifton. Registration for overnight camp will open Friday, March 6 and close April 17. Camper scholarship applications are due April 13. Any 4-H member can attend camp.
Cloverbud day camp (youth 5-8 years old) is an opportunity for cloverbud aged youth to come and experience part of 4-H camp. It is a two-day, day camp that will be held June 1 and 2. Registration for cloverbud camp is mailed to all cloverbud youth in Fayette County 4-H.
In 2019, the program had 125 overnight campers and 35 counselors attend the five-day camp. Youth had the opportunity to swim, hike, line dance, sing, canoe, play games and attend workshops throughout the week, to name a few of their adventures. Cloverbud camp also occurs for two of the five days kids are at camp. Cloverbuds are upcoming 4-H members that are ages 5-8. These kids attend a two-day, day camp that allows youth to get a taste of what 4-H Camp is all about. This year 33 Cloverbuds attended camp.
For many of the youth who attend 4-H Camp, it is a highlight of their summer. Camp Clifton is where they make new friends and build those relationships that will last a lifetime. They might not realize it at the time, but they certainly are creating those fond memories that they will hold near and dear to their hearts long after they have aged out of 4-H.