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Learning, Laughing, Leading… an Awesome Way to Spend the Summer!

Welcome to 4-H Summer Camp!

As a 4-H Summer Camper, you’ll be encouraged to make new friends and renew old friendships. You will have the opportunity to try new things and you will be challenged to be the best you can be! 4-H Summer Camp strives to instill the values of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health through belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery in the lives of all who come to camp.

Contact your county Extension office about how to register and let’s have an amazing summer!

Alabama 4-H Summer Camp Includes the Following:

  • For ages 9 to 13
  • 3 days/2 nights sessions
  • Comfortable lodging
  • Fun-filled learning opportunities


All 4-H Summer Camp counselors are first aid/CPR certified, are ARC lifeguard certified, have undergone background checks, and completed counselor training.

Adult chaperones are Alabama Extension staff and volunteer leaders. All have undergone background checks and completed 4-H overnight chaperone training.

Combining Heads, Hearts, Hands, and Health…It’s the Perfect Recipe for a Summer of Happy Campers!

Daily Camp Events

Each day campers will enjoy a different series of activities, all designed to help them make new friends, work together, and build relationships. A few of this year’s activities include the following:

  • Flag Ceremonies
  • Campfire
  • Field Games
  • Sports Night

Water Adventures

Some of the most memorable activities include adventures in and on the water. With a full-sized pool and Lay Lake at their disposal, campers can splash into summer with the following favorites:

  • Pool
  • Paddle Boards
  • Kayaking

Sports & Outdoors

From swinging and climbing to racing and roping, there’s always something active to do at camp. An ever-expanding list of sports- related pastimes keep our campers on the move:

  • Climbing Wall
  • Giant Swing

Exploration Awaits

History, science, art, and design — all this and more can be found at 4-H Summer Camp. If your interest lies in exploring new ways to learn and be creative, we’ve got activities just for you:

  • Team-Building Games
  • Animal Adventures
  • Archery

Map to the 4-H CenterThe Alabama 4-H Center

The Alabama 4-H Center is a full-service conference facility nestled within 264 acres of beautiful forest land on Lay Lake in Columbiana. Campers enjoy a variety of games, sports, nature classes, and team-building activities in a safe and natural setting where fun-filled days turn into fireside nights.

The Alabama 4-H Center is centrally located between I-65 and Alabama Hwy 280 along beautiful Lay Lake.

Birmingham is only a 45-minute drive away, Montgomery 1 hour, Tuscaloosa 1 1⁄2 hours, and Auburn 1 3⁄4 hours.

Sign Up for 4-H Summer Camp at Your County Extension Office!

Registration for 4-H Summer Camp is handled through county Extension offices. If you have questions about schedules or dates, contact your county office at www.aces.edu/directory.


Amy CarboneOutreach Programs Administrator, Alabama 4-H

Revised January 2024, 4-H Summer Camp Field Guide, 4HYD-2196

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