Summer Camp 2020 and COVID-19

Friends and Families –

As we are facing an unprecedented time of uncertainty in our country and world, we wanted to take a moment to share with you our plans for the 2020 summer 4-H camp season. 

NC State University suspended on campus academic and study abroad programs for the summer 2020 and made the decision to suspend all face-2-face, non-academic summer programs, as well. This includes our 2020 summer 4-H residential camps at our three 4-H Centers: Betsy-Jeff Penn, Eastern 4-H Center, and Millstone 4-H Camp. This decision was based on the health, safety, and well-being of everyone as the top priority and in an effort to help prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. This is an unprecedented situation. North Carolina 4-H has hosted residential 4-H camps every summer since our first camp at Swannanoa 4-H Camp in 1929. While this was a difficult decision, it was in the best interest of everyone. 

We realize this leaves a hole during the summer months for the 4-H’ers and youth we serve during our summer camp season. Therefore, it is our goal and intention to develop, implement, and offer some virtual summer camp opportunities for youth this summer, to still be able to connect youth with camp and the outdoors through the use of technology. We will communicate those plans and opportunities over the coming weeks. 

Many parents and caregivers have already registered their youth for camp this summer and have already paid a $50 deposit. Given the unprecedented circumstances, we have made the decision to waive our non-refundable deposit policy. This means that any deposits and payments toward a summer camp session in 2020 will be fully refunded. If parents or caregivers prefer, they may apply the deposit to a 2021 4-H camping experience or donate the funds to our camps. 

Following NC State Extension’s announcement on March 21, 2020 to cancel and suspend all non-essential Extension programming for 60 days, as well as the university’s decision to suspend all summer programs, all programming and user groups at our three 4-H Centers will be cancelled through August 7, 2020, or until NC State Extension lifts its restrictions on programming, depending on the situation with COVID-19. 

In closing, we ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate unprecedented times that are changing by the hour and we appreciate your continued support. While we are disappointed that we are unable to provide camp physically this summer, the health and safety of our youth is our top priority. For any questions or concerns regarding these decisions, you may contact NC 4-H Camping Specialist, Dave Herpy, at (440) 537-3658 or via email For questions related to refunds, please contact BJP Center Director Stacy Burns at Thank you for your support and understanding!


The NC 4-H Camps team 


  • Will Ubiera Posted April 27, 2020 3:12 am

    Is ther any chance of it reopening this year? Like what would make it reopen?

    • Angela Brisson Posted April 29, 2020 12:23 pm

      Will – we are hopeful to re-open for our fall season, following all appropriate guidelines at that time.

  • MoM Posted May 21, 2020 12:08 am

    Any idea when registration for the 2021 summer camp will open? Is there a notification list? Don’t want to miss it! Thanks.

    • Angela Brisson Posted May 21, 2020 12:48 pm

      We will open registration for summer 2021 in late fall of this year. I will add you to our email list to make sure you get a notification when we are taking registrations. Please also consider the free virtual camp we are hosting June 22 – 26. All the details and registration are available at

      • Diana Haig Posted May 26, 2020 11:47 pm

        Hi. Would you please add me to your 2021 Summer Mailing too? I would like my son to attend. He will be 16 and has gone to many of your day camps. Is he the right age for any camps now?

        • Angela Brisson Posted May 27, 2020 12:52 pm

          Hello – yes, we can add you to our mailing list. At 16, he would be eligible to be an LIT (Leader in Training) for either Day Camp or Overnight camp. An LIT is an older camper who’s given some leadership responsibilities under the supervision of other counselors. There’s more info about the program on our page for teen programs here: Scroll to the bottom for more info. Thanks!

  • Melissa C. Posted May 28, 2020 8:54 pm

    When will any payments towards the week long residental 4-H camp be refunded?

  • Chris Spainhour Posted June 26, 2020 3:57 pm

    Will you please add me to your email list concerning registration 2021.
    Thank you!

    • Angela Brisson Posted July 8, 2020 3:31 pm

      Hi Chris – we have added you to our mailing list and will let you know as soon as we re-open programming. Thank you!

  • Ashley Posted July 19, 2020 3:27 pm

    Can I also be added to the summer 2021 overnight camp registration email list? Thank you!

    • Angela Brisson Posted July 20, 2020 1:44 pm

      Yes, we have added you. You will receive an email as soon as we are able to announce that we are resuming normal operations. Thank you!

  • Bethany Murray Posted August 11, 2020 5:02 pm

    Hi could I be added to your mailing list for summer camp registration notification? thanks!

    • Angela Brisson Posted August 14, 2020 3:28 pm

      Yes, you have been added. Thank you!

  • Julie Vaughn Posted August 26, 2020 4:04 pm

    Please add me to your mailing list for 2021 summer camp registration! Thank you!

    • Angela Brisson Posted August 27, 2020 7:34 pm

      We’ve added you Julie. Thank you!

  • leslie lewis Posted September 4, 2020 4:19 pm

    Can you please add me to your mailing list for summer day camp registration notification?

    • Angela Brisson Posted September 9, 2020 4:25 pm

      You’ve been added Leslie, thank you!

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