4-H Outdoor Programs and Camps

4-H Gardening Club:

This 4-H club for grades 4th-8th is a registered Junior Master Gardener group using the Junior Master Gardener curriculum from Texas A&M to help youth learn about plant and soil science, insects & diseases, and more. Art projects and experiments on plant topics, along with actually planting and growing things in the backyard and at the Extension office make this a very hands-on group! Activities are led by Master Gardeners.

Meetings are held at the Extension office once a month on a Thursday afternoon during the school year. In the summer, meetings are held twice a month. The next meeting is Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Extension office (6183 Adamson Circle). Email hamiltoncounty4H@tennessee.edu or call the Extension office (423) 209-8560 if you need additional information or have any questions. New members (and their parents) are always welcome at meetings.

Archery Club

Hamilton County 4-H Archery Club logo, showing an arrow and a 4-H clover.

Download the 2022-2023 Hamilton County 4-H Archery Club registration form.

Learn the basics of archery or improve your skills in the sport. Grades 4th through 12th can join this club in the fall and practice throughout the school year.

All practices are held outdoors and supervised by 4-H-certified shooting sports instructors. Registration in the archery club takes place early each fall. There is a $50 annual fee for this activity. Archery Club members can use the club equipment in the fall but are encouraged to have their own bow and other archery equipment by January of each year. Additional information is available at the Club website.

Find out more about 4-H Archery at the Tennessee 4-H website’s shooting sports page.

4-H Camps

4-H Day Camp: Held in June. Registration begins in April.

Activities offered include:

Arts & Crafts (including tie-dye); Archery (weather permitting); Food & Nutrition projects; Gardening; Backyard STEM; 4-H Consumer Decision Making; Wildlife

4-H Junior Day Camp is held at the Ag Center/UT-TSU Extension Hamilton County, located at 6183 Adamson Circle, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Please call the office with any questions (423) 209-8560. Each camper must bring their own lunch to camp each day except Friday (Pizza party on Friday). Grades 4th-6th (must have completed 4th grade to attend day camp).

4-H Junior Camp. Grades 4th-6th. Held in Greeneville, TN in June: Registration begins in March. To be added to the list for the 2023 camp, please email HamiltonCounty4H@tennessee.edu

Youth who have completed 4th, 5th or 6th grade in Hamilton County attend 4-H Junior Camp at the beautiful Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, Tennessee. Enjoy swimming (swim lessons available), canoeing, wildlife, archery, a shooting range, lots of games and fun at 4-H Junior Camp. The air-conditioned dining hall and lodging, along with home-cooked food make this a great week in the mountains. Cost for 2022 was $350, which included transportation to and from camp (scholarships are available. Camp fee may be paid online in up to 3 installments. Registration deadline is in May or until full – space is limited. Call the office (423-209-8560) with any questions.

Junior High Camp. Grades 6th-9th. July 11-15 in Greeneville, TN: Registration begins in May.

Held in July at Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, TN. 6th – 9th grade students (must have completed 6th grade) can attend Junior High Adventure Camp. Cost for 2022 was $345, which includes everything except transportation. The emphasis is on individual development and group dynamics. Activities include canoeing, hiking, fishing, and outdoor cooking. Additional information is available in the camp brochure (click here). Find out more about the Clyde Austin 4-H Center at the Camp’s website: https://clydeaustin4hcenter.tennessee.edu/

Junior High Academic Conference. Grades 6th-8th. June 14-17 in Knoxville on the UTK campus.

Junior High students in grades 6th-8th stay on the UT Knoxville campus and work with professors and scientists in a project area in which they are interested. See the Academic Conference brochure for information. Applications are due to the Extension Office by April 1. To apply for 4-H Junior High Academic Conference, 4-H members need to complete a Section A Main Project form (F305A) that relates to one of the projects offered at Academic Conference.  The Section A Main Project form (F305A) is located on the state 4-H website at https://4h.tennessee.edu/portfolios/ and is included in the application available for download (above)

The project areas for 2022 Junior High Academic Conference are:  Beef, Citizenship, Companion Animal, Computers and Technology, Consumer Education/Economics, Dairy, Dairy Foods/Food-Nutrition, Forestry, Garden/Home Horticulture, Horse, Creative Arts and Design, Meat Goat, Poultry, Sheep, Swine, Veterinary Science, or Wildlife and Fisheries.

Electric Camp. Grades 6th-8th. Held in June in Knoxville: Registration begins in April.

Electric Camp registration form (click here to download Electric Camp registration form). 4-H Electric Camp is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders (as of January 1). 4-H Electric Camp is a fun-filled, rewarding adventure in electricity. Campers explore the world of energy, electricity, energy conservation, electrical safety, and other basic sciences in “hands-on” learning activities.

Campers will work with electrical specialists from across the state in learning centers. Each learning center will consist of hands-on activities so that you can learn by doing. They will also have the chance to meet other 4-H’ers from across Tennessee and explore careers in energy, electricity, and basic sciences. It’s an electrifying experience!  

Subjects covered in 2022 included wiring an extension cord, biomemetic robots, seeing the latest in robotic technology and programming a robot, home energy conservation, electric vehicles, and electrical safety. Electric camp is held on the campus of UT Knoxville. Dates for 2022 are June 27 – 30, 2022. Cost for 2022 was $300, which includes bus, lodging, meals and trip to Dollywood. More information on Electric Camp is available online (click here). Registration deadline is in May. For more information, email HamiltonCounty4H@tennessee.edu or call the Extension office (423-209-8560).

4-H Target SMART Camp. Grades 5th-9th. July 11-15 in Greeneville, TN:

Target SMART camp is open to 5th through 9th graders as of January 1 and is held at Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, TN. Application deadline is in June (or until full – space is limited). Target SMART camp brochure is available online (click here) and contains registration form. Each camper will participate in rifle, archery, shotgun, and hunting/outdoor skills. Campers do not need shooting experience prior to attending camp. Additional activities for campers include swimming, campfires, visits to the camp wildlife center, and crafts and games. Cost for 2022 was $355, which includes lodging, meals, shooting supplies and ammunition, as well as other recreational activities. See a video about Target SMART camp on YouTube (click here).

4-H Quilt Camp. Grades 6th-12th. July 12-14 in Greeneville, TN:

6th-12th grade (must have completed 6th grade). One space is set aside for Hamilton County, but additional spaces may be available. Turning in paperwork and fees secures a space. Quilt camp will be held in July at Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, TN. Cost for 2022 was $150. Application deadline is May 15. Must be able to sew basic stitches. More information on Quilt camp is available in the Quilt Camp brochure (click here). A scholarship is available – contact the Extension office for information (423-209-8560)

Fashion and Design Conference

June 7 – 9, 2022. 6th-12th grade. Three spaces are available for Hamilton County 4-H’ers – turning in paper work and fees by March 4 secures a space.