Nevada has been involved in 4-H camping since the first 4-H camp took place on the University of Nevada, Reno campus in 1930. For about 79 years in Nevada, 4-H camping has been a proven and effective method of reaching, teaching, and involving youth in leadership skills development. Each year, more than 500 youth participate in 4-H camping programs at Lake Tahoe Nevada 4-H Camp. Other 4-H camping programs take place across the state.

Both residential and day 4-H camping programs have a rich history of providing educational programming to thousands of youth annually through hands-on, experiential learning. Every camp offers great adventure, friendship, and fun, and all seek to develop the camper's Head, Heart, Hands, and Health to make him or her a better person. The leadership skills that are given major emphasis in Nevada's 4-H camping program include:

  • Understanding self and character-building skills
  • Communicating and relating to others
  • Problem-solving and decision making
  • Managing resources
  • Working with others
  • Environmental stewardship

4-H camping is cooperative group living that focuses on the individual's social, spiritual, mental, and physical development for both boys and girls. Since 4-H camping is educationally focused, it is recognized as a method by which to deliver 4-H programming.

These camps involve trained professional staff, as well as highly skilled adult and teen volunteers in working with and supervising all campers.

Nevada 4-H Tahoe Camp Youth Programs

Nevada offers several camps at the Nevada State 4-H camp in Lake Tahoe. Each camp is planned, organized, and staffed by County and State Extension 4-H staff and volunteers. Teens are selected and trained to be counselors at each camp. Each area camp is listed below, with dates and contact information.

Campers from the respective areas are given priority for attendance. If there is availability others can apply to attend the camp. Youth from military families are given an allocated number of spaces depending upon the area camp.

  • 4-H Northern-Western Area Camp:  July 7-13, 2024, contact person Sarah Chvilicek, sarahc@unr.edu
  • 4-H Central Camp:  July 14-18, 2024, contact person Kenny Haack-Damon, damonk@unr.edu 

 

Alamo, NV 4-H Camp & Learning Center

The 4-H Camp & Learning Center is located in the Lincoln County community of Alamo, about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. The 72-acre property was previously used as a conference/retreat facility, the main building contains approximately 17,000 square feet with guest rooms, conference rooms and a commercial kitchen. The current layout contains 17 rooms that accommodate 72 guests, and has a variety of outdoor recreational amenities. For day use, the property can accommodate more than 200 guests.

Extension and its partners in southern Nevada recognized that a large portion of Nevada’s youth were having only limited opportunities to camp experiences, with over 70% of the state’s population residing in southern Nevada and Clark County being the fifth largest school district in the nation. They say the need for such opportunities is greater than ever, as the pandemic continues to leave its mark on young people, with rising mental health issues, suicides, isolation, loss of learning and decreased school engagement. Extension and its partners say high-quality outdoor education programs can help reverse these trends.

The programs at the camp in southern Nevada will be run by trained professional staff, as well as enlist the help of skilled adult and teen volunteers, who will develop and implement programs, and supervise campers. The 4-H camps will develop important life skills such as leadership, responsibility, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking, while introducing youth to research-based activities within the fields of science, natural resources, robotics, agriculture and health, to name a few.

It has been challenging not only for Clark County youth to attend previous 4-H camps held up at Tahoe, but also for youth in other rural communities in the southern part of the state. The new camp in Alamo will make attending 4-H camp much more doable for many youth. For example, Lincoln County’s Caliente, Panaca and Pioche communities are only about 50 to 80 miles northeast of Alamo; White Pine’s Ely is about 150 miles north of Alamo; and Nye County’s Tonopah is about 150 northwest of Alamo.

 

 

 

The 4-H Camp Team

Kenny Haack-Damon
Program Leader & Contact
State Wide
Mica Robinson
Program Leader & Contact
Clark County - Las Vegas
Alysia Downs
Program Leader & Contact
Clark County - Las Vegas
Spencer Ray
Program Contact
Douglas
Christopher Lascola
Team Member
Douglas