Junior 4-H Summer Camp is a week-long, residential summer camp program available to Northampton County residents ages 9-13. Teens ages 13 and 14 can serve as Counselors-in-Training (CIT) during camp and teens ages 14-19 can serve as Teen Camp Counselors (see below for camp age policies and CIT/Counselor information). Camp is held every year at the Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield, VA.  

4-H camp provides youth countless opportunities for learning more about themselves, their peers, and the natural world around them. Days are filled with camp classes, unstructured recreation and swim time, flag ceremonies, evening programs, and campfires. Our main focus during camp is to help youth develop independence, self-esteem, confidence, interpersonal skills, and other life skills.

The classes and evening activities offered at camp vary from year to year. Example classes include: swimming, archery, rifle, canoeing, low ropes course, robotics, videography, cooking, art and crafts, outdoor living skills, and marine science. Youth will select the classes that they are most interested in on the first day of camp. Evening activities may include outdoor games, carnival games, a pool party, a dance, a talent show, movies, etc. We try to make sure there is something for everyone at camp!

Cost and Financial Assistance

The cost to attend camp for 2017 is $275.

Financial assistance in the form of a discount on camp fees is available to youth with financial need. Guidelines for financial assistance eligibility are based on the USDA’s eligibility guidelines. Applications for financial assistance are due to the Northampton Extension Office by 4:30 PM, May 30, 2017.  

Camp Age Policy

camper is any youth that is 9-13 years old, a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) must be at least 13 by January 1, 2017, and a Teen Camp Counselor must be at least 14 by January 1, 2017.

  • A child that will turn 9 before September 30, 2017 can attend camp as a camper (Thus, some 8 year olds can attend camp, as long as they will turn nine before September 30, 2017)
  • Youth that turn 13 before January 1, 2017 can select if they would like to attend camp as a CIT or camper.
  • Youth that turn 13 between January 1 and September 30, 2017 must attend camp as a camper. They cannot serve as a CIT.
  • Youth that turn 14 before January 1, 2017 can select to serve as a CIT or Teen Camp Counselor. They cannot attend camp as a camper – they must attend as a CIT at least.
  • Youth that turn 14 between January 1 and September 30, 2017 must attend camp as a CIT, but are not eligible to apply to be a Teen Camp Counselor. They are too old to attend as a camper and not yet old enough to be a Teen Camp Counselor
  • Youth that will turn 15 or older before January 1, 2017 can only attend camp as a Teen Camp Counselor.


Registration for Summer Camp 2017 will officially open on March 1, 2017 at 6AM. 

To Register your FEMALE CAMPER use this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-northampton-4-h-camp-female-camper-registration-registration-31352003687

To Register you MALE CAMPER use this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-northampton-4-h-camp-male-camper-registration-tickets-31448670821

Counselors-in-Training at 4-H Summer Camp

Youth ages 13-14 can apply to serve as Counselors-In-Training (CITs) during summer camp (see age policy above).  In this role, CITs function much like campers, but receive two training sessions in the spring/summer before camp and attend a CIT class during camp. During camp, they also help set up for and clean up after meals and help Teen Camp Counselors as needed. The goal of the CIT position is to prepare teens for the role of Teen Camp Counselor. Any youth that thinks they want to be a Teen Camp Counselor in the future should serve as a CIT when they are old enough.

CITs must be at least 13 years old before January 1, 2017. CITs pay the camp registration fee, and financial assistance is available for youth with financial need. CITs must turn in an application, have three references fill out a reference form, and attend an in-person interview. Application does not guarantee selection.

Potential CITs must submit an application before the camp registration process. They do not register for camp the same way campers do. CIT applications are due to the Extension Office by 5:00 pm on January 30, 2017. If the people you are selecting to serve as your references on a CIT application are not able to complete the online reference form (as described in the application packet), you may print this hard-copy reference form and give to them for them to complete and return to the Extension Office.

Teen Camp Counselors at 4-H Summer Camp

Teens ages 14-18 can apply to serve as Teen Camp Counselors during the week of 4-H Summer Camp (see age policy above). The role of Teen Camp Counselor includes a high level of responsibility, and teens interested must submit an application with three references, complete an interview, and attend a significant amount of training throughout the winter and spring. A few trainings are mandatory and are typically held once a month on weekday evenings or weekend afternoons from March through July. A minimum of 10 teens will be selected. Application does not guarantee selection.

The role of Teen Camp Counselor includes the responsibilities of: supervising campers in cabins, in classes, and during activities, providing for the safety and well-being of campers, serving as a role model, and assisting with camp activities and classes.

Teens must be at least 14 years old before January 1, 2017 to apply. Teen Camp Counselors are required to pay a portion of the camp fee – typically between $100 and $150. Financial assistance is available for teens with financial need.

Teen Camp Counselor applications are due to the Extension Office by 5:00 pm on January 30, 2017. If the people you are selecting to serve as your references on a counselor application are not able to complete the online reference form (as described in the application packet), you may print this hard copy reference form and give it to them for them to complete and return to the Extension Office.

Adult Volunteers Needed for 4-H Summer Camp

Every year, we need Adult Volunteers during camp. Adult Volunteers help us provide a safe, supportive, and fun environment for our campers. Serving as an Adult Volunteer is an incredibly rewarding and fun experience. Adult volunteers serve as "caring adults" for the campers, and have the opportunity to experience many of the camp classes and activities. During the week, Adult Volunteers assist with classes and activities as needed, but mostly serve as adult chaperones and role models.

Adult Volunteers that stay all 4 nights of camp.

Adults interested in volunteering must: 1) Complete Adult Volunteer Application (Volunteer positions are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.); 2) Submit to and pass a background check; and 3) Attend an in-person interview. Volunteers will be selected based on application, reference checks, an approved background check, and the interview.

Adult Volunteers must be at least 19 years of age by January 1, 2017. They must also attend at least two hours of training with the 4-H Agent and a Saturday training session at the 4-H Center prior to camp.

To inquire about serving as an Adult Volunteer for Junior 4-H Camp please call our office at 757-678-7946 or email crmurray@vt.edu.

Please note that the Northampton County Extension Office is in charge of planning for and processing registration for our week of 4-H Summer Camp. Airfield 4-H Center is just the facility we use during the week for camp programming. Registration and/or questions regarding Northampton County’s 4-H Summer Camp should be directed to the Northampton County Extension office at 757-678-7946, not the Airfield 4-H Center.