Arkansas 4-H offers 2 camps to introduce young people to overnight camping – with parent or guardian

Young people in Arkansas were still able to enjoy traditional summer camp activities like canoeing and fishing and nature views despite the pandemic. Masks, social distancing and sanitizer were mainstays at Arkansas Outdoor School Adventure Day Camps. (U of A System Agriculture Division photo by Mary Hightower)

FERNDALE, Ark. – The Arkansas 4-H program offers three-day camps aimed at introducing children from the age of 5 to the joys of camping – with their parent or guardian.

These camps are open to Arkansas 4-H members and non-members:

  • State Camp which has two sessions July 7-9 and July 10-12.
  • Cloverbud Artisan Camp, scheduled for July 17-19.
  • Artisanal camp reserved for young people, scheduled for July 20 to 22.

In 4-H parlance, Cloverbuds are young people between the ages of 5 and 8.

“Cloverbud Camps are a great way to introduce kids to overnight camp because they’ll be accompanied by a parent or guardian the entire way,” said Creenna Bocksnick, 4-H Campsite Coordinator. “All of these camps include the activities that campers have been doing for decades, such as fishing, canoeing and campfires.”

State Camp includes youth up to age 15, but campers will be divided by age group. Cloverbud Artisan Camp is for kids ages 5-8. The craft camp includes activities such as woodworking, candle and soap making, and photography. Families can go home with finished goods to show off at their county fair or even use them as a starting point for a small business.

The registration deadline for both camps is June 1st. Fees for State Camp are $125 for 4-H youth members, $225 for 4-H adults, and $300 for non-member youth and adults.

Fees for Cloverbud Artisan Camp are $150 for 4-H youth, $250 for 4-H parents, or $400 for non-member youth and adults.

4-H also runs a third camp that does not include parents or guardians, the July 20-22 Craftsman Camp for ages 9-19. The deadline for registration is June 1. Fee for 4-H members is $150, non-members are $400.

To learn more about 4-H camps, visit

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