Camp is often a life-changing experience that young people don’t want to leave behind. We have several options for teens so they can keep the camp fun going!
4-H Adventure Camp for Ages 13 – 14
Not ready to give up the 4-H camp experience? 4-H Adventure Camp is for ages 13 – 14. In conjunction with our typical 4-H Traditional camp activities, this camp provides campers the opportunity to do an overnight tent camping experience at a local state park. Participants learn how to build a campfire, set up and manage a campsite, cook over an open flame, and implement basic navigation and survival skills while going on a short hike and even a kayaking trip on Lake Phelps. During the rest of the week, they are participating in fun programs at camp. Trained staff accompany campers throughout the week.
Camp Canvasback for Ages 10 – 17
The Eastern 4-H Center partners with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission to offer this camp. This is a program that encourages and educates young hunters on waterfowl conservation. Campers participate in activities that help them understand waterfowl biology, wetland ecology, hunting techniques, and other conservation practices. The camp consists of a multi-year tract, with campers progressing to the next tract the following year to build on previously learned skills. You can start this camp at any time between the ages of 10 – 17 and also graduate to the “vet” status by having proof of your hunter and boater safety courses that are offered by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission. Skills taught during Camp Canvasback include shotgun safety, shooting & firearm care, waterfowl identification, duck blind construction, boat & water safety, and first aid.
Leader-in-Training Program for Ages 15 – 17
The Leader-In-Training (LIT) program is designed to help older campers develop their leadership skills and, if they are interested, prepare to work at camp as a counselor in future summers. The program runs concurrently with our weekly overnight camp sessions. LITs serve as junior counselors, taking on some responsibilities with younger campers under the supervision of well-trained and experienced camp counselors. They spend part of their time working on program setup, helping run programs, leading songs, and helping with cabin duties with younger campers. They also receive specialized training with some online learning before arriving at camp.
Check out our Day in the Life of an Eastern 4-H Camper for the daily camp schedule and detailed descriptions of day and evening programs. Learn more about our staff, facilities, and food service.