Goals & Methods
Beginning with a cookout on Sunday afternoon, and culminating with fond farewells and hugs on Friday morning, a week of camp can be the highlight of a child's summer. Packed with activity, new friends and new opportunity, the week seems to go by way too fast.
The Center maintains full 24-hour supervision, with at least a one-to-eight staff-to-camper ratio. Staff attempt to bring life skills and personal growth into all interactions and activities, while following the methods endorsed by 4-H nationally - "learning by doing!"
Please note, partnership with N.C. Cooperative Extension, the cost for camp is $485 for a Traditional Camper (Ages 8-12), Adventure Camper (Ages 12-13) or $505 for a Trekker Camper (Ages 13-14). This includes ALL activities, meal, and a t-shirt during a week of camp.
Campers are placed in single-sex cabins and coed activity groups according to age and request (when possible). Activity groups stay together throughout the day, participating in various camp activities and sharing meal times. Details are available, with a sample schedule.
Summer camp staff are dedicated to carrying out the mission of Betsy-Jeff Penn. They are highly trained, energetic and enthusiastic about both programs and participants. As an operation of North Carolina State University, the camp has yet another advantage—access to some of the best training on youth development techniques and programming in the state. Background checks are also performed on all program staff.
Mature, enthusiastic individuals interested in summer camp work are encouraged to check out our Employment Opportunities
Young people (15-17) interested in gaining leadership skills and understanding camp/youth development are encouraged to check out the Leader-In-Training (LIT) program.
Facilities, Equipment & Food
Campers sleep in modern cabins with multiple indoor showers and restroom facilities. Each cabin houses up to 22 participants with at least two counselors available to provide steady and safe supervision. Campers bring their own sleeping bags or bed linens, as well as clothing and toiletries. Betsy-Jeff Penn provides all the specialized equipment needed to canoe, climb, negotiate the ropes course, ride horseback, camp out and explore the environment. Nutritious, balanced menus are served family-style, three times a day. Snacks and juice are served mid-mornings and evenings. The camp store is also open in the afternoons for ice cream, soft drinks, snacks, and souvenirs.
All North Carolina youth are welcome at Penn's summer camp sessions. Some sessions are completely filled by county 4-H groups, while others are filled with open enrollment campers and youth who have participated in school programs during the school year.
To get in on the fun, follow these simple steps:
- 1. See if a county near you is planning on attending a week of summer camp. Transportation may be provided, and discounts may exist for campers visiting with their county 4-H group. So first consult the list of 2017 County Camping Schedule, then find the contact information for each county 4-H office, here.
- 2. Open Enrollment dates
Traditional, Adventures and Trekkers (ages 8-14) June 11th - June 16th Traditional (ages 8-12) June 25th – June 30th Adventures (ages 12-13) July 23rd- July 28th Trekkers (ages 13-14) July 23rd- July 28th
- 3. Click here to register on line