- Author: Marianne Bird
It plants ideas, stimulates conversation, and encourages change for the best.
It unites those who appreciate wild places, value community, and enjoy a good campfire.
It both answers, and invites, questions.
It happens just every other year.
It is the California 4-H Camping Conference, this year taking place April 3-5 at Sly Park Environmental Education Center in Pollock Pines, El Dorado County. And it's a weekend of connection and learning that members of the camp community won't want to miss.
Be inspired by Dave Brown, a licensed clinical social worker who works year round as program director at Mountain Camp, an independent resident camp near Lake Tahoe. Dave will help us to realize and tap into the power and potential of camp, and to embrace our role as camp leaders when building relationships with campers.
Experience activities that get everyone up and playing, that help campers reflect, that you can use to fill “down” time, or that will help you build a better campfire program.
Explore how to create a strong, connected staff that works as a team and keeps the camper experience central to their work.
Discover what adults at 4-H camp say about their experience. We'll explore findings from the adult/chaperone survey from last year's California 4-H Camp study, and discuss themes, issues and insights from what our adult partners have shared.
Learn how to make camp the warm, welcoming, inclusive environment—for everyone—that we know it can be.
Engage with professionals and other camp administrators about emergency plans and risk management. Review what incidents at 4-H camp were reported and the emerging issues—from mental health to cannabis—these incidents bring to light.
Enhance campers' enthusiasm and knowledge about nature and the outdoors by attending Project Learning Tree sessions, or see how much fun STEM can be at camp while hiking, cooking over a campfire, or testing your boat design.
Spend time in a beautiful place.
Meet others who share your passion for camp.
Renew yourself and your program.
The 2020 4-H Camping Conference is happening this April. We hope to see you there.
Registration is open until March 20th. Register Now.
- Author: Sandra Derby
- Explore current issues
- Investigate as a forester
- Engage in field studies
These sessions will inspire you to create your own version of Project Learning Tree that will enhance the unique adventures of 4-H summer camp.
Building on the support of the American Forest Foundation, UC Cooperative Extension, and CA Project Learning Tree, we are working together to introduce and integrate PLT ideas and activities into 4-H Programs. Our goal is to integrate forest ecology and field skills into the amazing experience of summer camps all over California.
Sign up for one, two, or all three sessions
Participants in each session will receive an activity folder with ideas and resource materials.
If you attend all three sessions, you will receive a free K-8 Project Learning Tree Guide with over 90 activities.
PLT Session I: California Naturalist
Participants will explore the amazing forest environment through Project Learning Tree activities and learn strategies to integrate naturalist explorations into the 4-H Camp experience. Some favorite activities we will engage in…Looking at Leaves, The Fallen Log, Every Tree for Itself….and make a clay leaf print to take home!
Being a Naturalist/ nature journaling/ leaf prints:
- Looking at Leaves
- Fallen Log
- Every Tree for Itself
PLT Session II: Forest Steward
Participants will learn how to take action as citizen stewards. Hike into the forest and observe what makes this environment so uniquely essential for a healthy California. Learn how to map a field study area using basic tools and design a field investigation through inquiry study. And learn what opportunities are out there to connect with community efforts, engage in studies with researchers, and initiate action in your own 4-H Camps and local communities.
Working the tools/ actions for Citizen Science and Stewardship:
- Trees As Habitats
- Soil Stories
- How Big is Your Tree
PLT Session III: Forestry Challenge!
Participants will be engaged in several forestry investigations to understand how foresters manage and ensure healthy forests. Each investigation will lead to team work, exploration, and ultimately the Forestry Challenge! We will show you how to design an exciting and fun challenge for your camp program!
Challenge your skills and knowledge:
- How Big is Your Tree II
- Trees in Trouble
- Living with Fire
Developed by the PLT Camp Program Development Committee
The PLT Camp Program Development Committee is responsible for the design, development and delivery of enhanced Project Learning Tree training and materials in 4-H Camp programming. Their goal is the integration of selected PLT field based activities, focused on the ecology of CA forests, into existing camp programs resulting in strengthened environmental based learning for camp participants.
Sign up for the California 4-H Camping Conference!
2018 California 4-H Camping Conference
April 6 - 8, 2018
Redwood Glen Camp
100 Wright Drive, Loma Mar, CA 94021
The 2018 California 4-H Camping Conference brings together the adults and teen leaders who help plan and administer camping programs across California in a weekend of hands-on training, networking, and learning experiences.
The California 4-H Camping Conference is held every other year. Don't miss this great learning opportunity to make the best camps better!
*You do not have to be part of a 4-H Camp to participate. Please contact Marianne Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not a current 4-H member or volunteer.