4-H Camp 2023

4-H Camp will be held July 10-13 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, LA. Cameron parish is attending with 4-H members from Calcasieu, Iberia, St. Landry, and St. Tammany parishes. The camp week consists of four days, beginning on Monday afternoon when the campers arrive at camp and ending on Thursday morning after the educational track session. 4-H Agents, volunteer leaders, and teen counselors from each parish attend camp and stay in the cabins with the campers. Tracks include food & fitness, Science, Engineering, & Technology, Outdoor Adventures, The Artist Within, Explore Louisiana: Wetlands, Wildlife, and You, and Water Safety. There is also a hunter safety education course available.

4th, 5th, and 6th grade 4-H members are eligible to attend.

Costs to attend:

  • Registration fee: $215
  • Camp and Parish Photo: $10 each
  • T-shirt: $15

Scholarships available for families who meet income eligibility guidelines. Two will cover the $215 fee and all others will reduce the camp fee by $60. 4-Hers will be notified after the May 1 deadline if they are to receive a scholarship.

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How To Register

Please complete the preregistration form AND pay the $100 deposit by May 1. The deposit is only refundable if you choose not to participate before the May 1 deadline, or if another camper of the same gender can replace the spot. We have to send in a deposit to reserve our beds by the first week in May for $50 per bed. If that bed is then not filled that we had reserved, the camp charges us another $25 on top of the $50 sent with the initial deposit. So worst case scenario, you’d only be refunded $25 if your camper cannot attend after the May 1 deadline.

Once we receive your deposit, your event registration will be started in 4-H Online. This is where you will enter health form information, list medicines being taken, etc. This event registration in 4-H Online will need to be completed by June 9. More instructions to follow on how to complete event registration in 4-H Online.

Camp Store Information

As a person registers for camp, they will be able to select the dollar amount they would like to establish an account for in the Camp Store. Dollar amounts will range from $5 to $50. This amount will be transferred over to the camp point of sale system prior to camp so it can be accessed by the youth/adult. If a young person runs out of funds prior to the conclusion of camp, a family member can go to https://la4hstore.com/ and purchase a digital gift card for the camper. Residual funds under the amount of $20.00 will not be refunded or credited back to the individual. All residual funds at the end of the camping season will be transferred into the Camp Grant Walker Building Fund to help support improvements at camp.

What Parents Should Know

One of the most important life skills children learn from camp is self-sufficiency. That is, they learn they can survive for three whole days on their own.

The camp week lasts four days, starting on Monday afternoon when the boys and girls arrive and ending on Thursday after the morning educational track session. The first meal served at camp is supper on Monday night.

To help children develop independence, parents are asked not to call or visit campers unless there is an emergency. Campers may not bring cell phones to camp in order for them to be able to focus on the experiences. Parents are also asked not to send food or snacks. Three meals and snacks are served each day. Snacks include bottled water, fruit, and cookies.

This year’s camp slogan is “Get Hooked on 4-H Camp” Campers will get to swim (in an Olympic size pool) and engage in canoeing, archery, volleyball, various sports activities, and dancing. In addition, campers will be able to choose to participate in one of the following educational tracks: water safety, food & fitness, outdoor adventures; science, engineering, and technology; hunter safety; arts & crafts, or Louisiana Wetlands.

Evening programs are fun and filled with skits, talent shows, vespers, dances, and special guests.

All campers and parents/guardians must read and sign the Responsibilities and Code of Conduct for 4-H Camp. (It can be found on the back of the registration form). Once campers sign the form, they have pledged to practice the six pillars of the CHARACTER COUNTS! education program. The six pillars represent trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

You will need to complete a Hold Harmless Agreement for your camper that must be signed by participants/parents annually. This agreement covers transportation as well as abiding by all rules and regulations.

Please complete the Camper’s Registration Form and the Health Form. Please note this form does include the request for information on any and all medications the camper is taking. Make sure this information is complete, and while at camp, they remain on all medications they are currently taking.

Parents specify on the card any special restrictions for their child, such as food or drink allergies. Otherwise, children are expected to eat and drink the nutritious meals served at camp.

Every 4-H’er is insured against accidents while at camp. In the event that your child should become ill or injured in an accident, you will be notified. Our insurance has a limit of $3,000. If you cannot be reached by phone, your child will be taken to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria if necessary.

There will be a 4-H Camp Store available to 4-H’ers at camp. Items sold include bottled water, popcorn, and Slim Jim’s, all for $2.00 each or less; sports bottles, drawstring sports packs, notebook and pen, rubber armband, flashlights, yo-yo, camp pens, and more for all under $5.00 each; and commemorative stuffed animals, backpacks, and other items for around $9.00 and under each.

Any campers wanting to take Hunter Safety or Outdoor Skills track should check the permission box on the registration form. Members interested in taking the Hunter Safety track must be at least 10 years old and have their parents’ permission.

Camp Schedule

Monday

12:00-2:45 pm

Arrive and Unpack

2:45-4:00 pm

Assembly at Greek Theater

4:00-5:50 pm

Parish Meetings/Camp Tour/Swim Test

4:00-5:00 pm

Mandatory Agents/Adult Volunteer Meeting

6:15-7:15 pm

Counselors Training

5:50-6:15 pm

Cabin Break

6:20 – 7:15 pm

Supper

7:15-8:00 pm

Night Assembly in Greek Theater/Track Commercials

8:00-9:30 pm

Free Time Stations

Dance, Sports, Movie, Arts & Crafts, Camp Store, Pool

8:45 pm

Snack Break

9:30-9:45 pm

Vespers in Greek Theater

9:50 pm

Cabin Time

10:00 pm

Showers/Night Medication/Lights Out

Tuesday & Wednesday

7:00 am

Wake up and Clean Cabins

7:30 am

Line Up for Breakfast by Parish

8:30 am

Morning Assembly & Announcements at Greek Theater

8:45-11:45 am

Educational Track Time

11:45 am

Lunch: SET, Food & Fitness, Arts & Crafts, & Outdoor Adventures

12:00 pm

Lunch: Wetlands, Water Safety & Hunter Safety

12:45-2:00 pm

Clean Cabin Awards & Mail at Greek Theatre

2:15 pm

Assembly at Greek Theater

2:15–3:00 pm

1st Recreation Station Rotation

3:00-3:30 pm

Snack Break

3:30-4:15 pm

2nd Recreation Station Rotation

4:15-5:00 pm

3rd Recreation Station Rotation

5:00-5:45 pm

Cabin Time

5:45-6:45 pm

Supper

6:45-7:30 pm

General Assembly in Greek Theater

7:30-9:00 pm

Free Time Stations

Dance, Sports, Movie, Arts & Crafts, Camp Store, Pool

8:15 pm

Snack Break

9:00-9:15 pm

Vespers in Greek Theater

9:15 pm

Cabin Time

9:45 pm

Showers/Night Medications/Lights Out

THURSDAY

7:00 am

Wake up and Clean Cabins

7:30 am

Line Up for Breakfast by Parish

8:30 am

Morning Assembly & Announcements at Greek Theater

8:45-10:30 am

Track Time

10:30 am

Return to Cabins

Prepare for departure. Load luggage on busses/vans

11:00 am

Departure

*Daily schedule and all program details are all subject to change

What A Week At Camp Looks Like

Monday:

Registration, cabin assignment, swim test, counselor meeting, track selection, and night-time recreation.

Tuesday and Wednesday

After breakfast, campers will participate in one of (6) educational tracks: Science, Engineering, and Technology; Outdoor Adventures; Hunter Safety; Louisiana Wetlands; Food and Fitness; and Water Safety.

Campers will also have recreational time to play various sports, archery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, and line dancing. Other choices include team-building activities, performing arts, visiting with friends, and shopping for souvenirs in the Camp Store. Evening programs include skits, a talent show, Vespers, and special guest speakers.

Campers do not need to bring money to camp. Camp Store and Camp Canteen gift cards will be purchased using our camp store online system before camp. A separate email with instructions will be sent out soon.

Thursday AM

After breakfast, campers will participate in a final morning educational track session prior to packing up and departing.

Camping is one of the most valuable experiences a child can have. It’s a learning experience that helps boys and girls appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, gain independence, get along with others, and appreciate people with different interests and backgrounds.

One of the most important things children learn from camp is self-sufficiency. That is, they learn they can survive for four days on their own. To help our campers learn self-sufficiency, parents are asked not to call or visit campers unless there is an emergency. Campers may not bring cell phones or electronic devices to camp.

The camp week consists of four days, beginning on Monday afternoon when the campers arrive at camp and ending on Thursday morning after the educational track session. 4-H Agents, volunteer leaders, and teen counselors from each parish attend camp and stay in the cabins with the campers.

Three meals and three snacks will be served to campers each day. On Monday, dinner is the only meal served followed by a snack that evening.

Packing List

What to Pack

Clothing

  • Comfortable (breathable) Clothing
  • T-Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Tennis Shoes (for outdoor activities)
  • Flip Flops or shower shoes (to be worn in bunkhouses and bathhouses only, not for walking around camp)
  • Bathing suit (one-piece swimsuit for girls)
  • Water Shoes are mandatory to be worn at the pond
  • Shower Shoes for Bathhouse

Toiletries

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Liquid-type soap or body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste

Linens

  • Sleeping bag OR Twin Sheet Set
  • Blanket
  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Towels & washcloths for shower
  • Beach towel

Additional

  • Water bottle
  • Disposable camera
  • Musical instrument or other talent show equipment
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sling bag style bag to carry personal items to the bathhouse and during the day.
  • Backpack
  • Dirty Clothes Bag (for wet and dry items)

Leave at Home

  • Cell Phones / Electronics
  • Knives / Firearms
  • Valuables (anything that can be lost or stolen)
  • Money (Only bring money for lunch Tuesday)
  • Purses
  • Prank paraphernalia (shaving cream, water guns, saran wrap, etc.)
  • Food / Snacks
  • Wallets
  • Inappropriate t-shirts and/or clothing

**4-H members caught with prohibited items breaking code of conduct for 4-H events will be sent home at the parent's expense**

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