4-H International Outreach Summer Camps

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Outreach Summer Camps


"4-H International Summer Camp" Challenging Minds and Bodies!

Science, Technology, Engineering, Natural Resources, Health, Nutrition, Education, and Sports

The 24-hour-a-day "4-H International Summer Camps" are designed for underserved youth in grades 3rd-12th. It focuses on helping youth improve their academic skills, career exploration, meeting college students, meet professionals from different Community Colleges and Universities, develop leadership skills, and participate in fun physical activities like archery, volleyball, basketball, canoeing, soccer, and swimming.


Our goal is to reach and engage youth in educational programs that will benefit them, their families, and the community where they live; to encourage students to get good grades, stay in school, and pursue a postsecondary education. The Camp creates an opportunity for youth to explore educational options and guides them to career opportunities at community colleges and universities. By participating in our Summer Camps, youth experience different environments, learn new things, learn about post-secondary education and ways to fund it, and enjoy fun and challenging activities. Most importantly, the Camp enables youth to interact with university students and professionals.


We designed the International Summer Camps as an exciting mix of educational and physically challenging competitions. Building on experiences from 6 years of successful camps, we anticipate the 2011 Summer Camps will attract 300 participants to the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center near Salem. The forested setting of the 4-H Center provides the location for study and competition.

We base the math and science activities primarily on forestry and environmental science topics. Participants learn while having fun!

Our main activities focus on technology (Lego Robotics, GPS, Microscopes, digital photography and video), environmental science, and natural resources (forestry, water quality, wildlife, agriculture). Other activities include general math and science skills, history, healthy lifestyles, health professions, preparing for and attending college. Campers also participate in swimming, canoeing, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and archery.

Camp participants are elementary, middle, and high-school students from throughout Oregon interested in learning about a college education, knowing about new technologies, or acquiring leadership skills, and/or wanting an outdoor experience. Our teaching mentors include university students, and professionals from both the private sector and colleges and universities. Several OSU Extension county-based faculty provide support during the Camps and encourage Latino youth from their communities to participate.

   Activities help campers:

  • Increase skills in forestry, environmental science, natural resources, and water quality by measuring and identifying trees, and using GPS to map a forest and make maps.
  • Become familiar with technology and applications by using microscopes, building Lego robots, editing videos, taking pictures, and recording podcasts.
  • Participate in workshops and group activities to gain information that will prepare them for the future (and for sharing with their friends and family).
  • Compete in physical activities such as swimming, canoeing, volleyball, soccer, hiking, and archery. Camp participants may be asked to bring equipment and so they are physically and mentally prepared for the activities.

The project brings together financial and personnel support from the Oregon 4-H Program, Oregon 4-H Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Ford Family Foundation, Oregon 4-H Conference & Education Center, OSU College of Forestry, OSU College of Agriculture, OSU College of Engineering, Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), Weyerhaeuser Co., State Farm Insurance, Siuslaw National Forest, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, City of Salem, Corvallis School District, Ontario School District, Upward Bound-Portland Community College, Nuevo Amanecer, Housing Works, North West Family Services, Inner City Youth Institute, Adelante Chicas (Go Ahead Girls), and IRCO-ASPIRE.


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