Think Outside - No Box Required!

Mar 9, 2020

Think Outside - No Box Required!

Mar 9, 2020


It plants ideas, stimulates conversation, and encourages change for the best.

Girl outdoors writing on a paper


It unites those who appreciate wild places, value community, and enjoy a good campfire.

Cooking with a dutch oven on campfire.


It both answers, and invites, questions.

Paper with image of tree and

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.

Speaker in front of a large seated group

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.

Can't wait to see you at the 2020 Camping Conference, April 3-5, 2020, Sly Park, Pollock Pines


Registration is open until March 20th. Register Now.



By Marianne Bird
Author - 4-H Youth Development Advisor