Camping Conference

2022 California 4-H Camping Conference

Think Outside...No box required 2.0

March 25-27, 2022
Sly Park Environmental Education Center

The 2022 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.

Building bridges - STEM at Camp, 2018 Camping Conference
Building bridges - STEM at Camp, 2018 Camping Conference
Campfire time, 2014 Camping Conference
Campfire time, 2014 Camping Conference

What to expect

The conference begins after dinner at 7:30 pm on Friday evening and closes Sunday afternoon with lunch. The registration fee includes two nights lodging in shared cabins, five meals, and all workshops and program materials. Gather with your peers to learn, explore and enjoy.

Hands-on Workshops

Our variety of hands-on workshops promise to engage, inspire, educate and challenge everyone regardless of their role at camp. Workshops are appropriate for all levels—from novice counselors to seasoned directors.

  • Program Track: Building your camp culture; Creating a welcoming camp
  • Administrative Track: Working with camp chaperones; Camp during Covid
  • Activities Track: Time-fillers with campers; Considerations for the campfire
  • STEM at Camp Track: Cooking over campfires; What makes a STEM activity a STEM learning experience?

These are just a few examples of workshop topics being offered.

This conference is only held every other year. Don't miss this great learning opportunity to make the best camps better!


Join other camp planners and staff to learn about creating safe, engaging, educational—and fun—spaces for campers. 

You do not have to be part of a 4-H Camp to participate. Please contact Marianne Bird at about registering if you are not a current 4-H member or volunteer.

Hands-on activities, 2014 Camping Conference
Hands-on activities, 2014 Camping Conference

Registration includes workshops, program materials, lodging and meals.

Register for Camping Conference

$180 Early Bird

Save $30 by registering early! Register by February 4, 2022.

$210 Registration

After February 4, registration will be $210 per participant. Registration will be open until March 11, 2022.

Add Archery Certification for $20

Invite a volunteer to the Camping Conference to get certified as a 4-H Archery Instructor! The certification will be two full days of hands-on instruction in order to lead archery projects at camp. Add the Archery Certification to your registration.

  • Think Outside...No Box Required - 2.0!

    Jan 21, 2022

    After a two-year pandemic hiatus, we are excited to bring back our California 4-H Camping Conference! Every two years, camp planning adults and teens come together for a weekend of networking, learning, and growth. This year, the conference will be held March 25-27, 2022 at Sly Park Environmental Educational Center.  

    Tent and sun graphic with information about the Camping Conference

    The 4-H Camping Conference brings those passionate about camp together for learning opportunities. Learn from educational workshops and guest speakers. There is also plenty of informal time to network, connect and learn from other camp loving adults and teens.

    Why you should attend

    If you are a residential or day camp staff, this conference will help you prepare to host a safe camp during COVID-19. Add to your list of ice breakers and activities; learn more about fostering a safe and inclusive camp culture; and experience first-hand the Covid safety measures put in place for a safe camp experience.

    We hope that the recent announcement suspending 4-H indoor events will be lifted by the conference.  Please note that many conference workshops will take place outdoors, and should the need arise, we will accommodate all workshops accordingly.

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    Register by Feb. 4 for Early Bird Pricing

    The conference fee is $210 per person and includes lodging, food, and workshops. Register by February 4th for the early bird rate of $180. Archery certification is an additional $20. Register here!

    To learn more about the 4-H Camping Conference, please see the Camping Conference event page.

    Contact Marianne Bird at, Keith Nathaniel at, or Jen Henkens at with further questions.



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