Thursday, March 11, 2021

Spring Family Picnics!

 (We're hoping to have some news headed your way soon about Summer '21, but in the mean time...)


Join us for a Spring Family Picnic!

Starting the weekend of April 9th! Sign Up Now!


It's been a long time coming...

But we can finally see...

Patches of green(ish) grass...

In the slowly receding snow. 

Which means it's time to invite YOU...

To come hang out at Camp this spring...

For a Family Picnic!

Yes, we are offering individual families a chance to spend a little quality time at 4-H Camp!

Families will be able to stroll around our facility, hike some trails right here at Camp or venture out into Stokes State Forest, go fishing, and just enjoy some spring sunshine, budding flowers and green grass surrounding Lake Shawanni. 

Social distancing measures will be in place. Picnics are limited to the persons in a single household. Other than access to a rest room and our Rec Hall during inclement weather, families will not have any access to buildings or indoor facilities. 

In accordance with Rutgers University Health and Safety policies, staff will not be on hand to assist with programs, but your family can enjoy the rare opportunity of having 4-H Camp almost entirely to yourselves.

These picnics will be part of our "Make the Best (LOOK) Better Campaign" as we work to have L.G. Cook 4-H Camp looking better than ever before to welcome campers back for Summer '21. 

Families can book a 4-H Camp visit one of two ways, either by paying a fee that will go directly to support facility improvements and upkeep, or by volunteering to help complete a service project during your visit. (The fee is optional, and starts at $100 per family.)

Picnic days will have a window of availability from 10am to 4pm. Your family can arrive when you choose, and stay as long as you'd like.

  • 4-H Camp will not be able to provide any food or beverages. Families are welcome to pack a picnic lunch, or upon sign-up we'll let you know about some local food options as well.
  • Guests will not have access to any 4-H Camp buildings, outside of a restroom assigned specifically for your family.
  • To follow the health and safety guidelines outlined by Rutgers University, family visits are strictly limited to members of your own household. Families are not permitted to bring friends, neighbors, or campers from other households.
  • We will be keeping our capacity for these picnics quite low, but it is possible that a few other families might be in attendance the same day as you. Our outdoor facility should allow families to keep a distance far greater than six feet, but if you come in contact we strongly recommend that you wear a face covering to protect yourself and those around you. Please respect any other families on site by just waving and saying hello by the substantial distance our wide open 4-H Camp allows.
  • Our guidelines follow those of Rutgers University, the NJ governor, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(Weekday visits are also available upon request!)

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Thanks to our Donors! From a Snowstorm.

Thanks to the generosity of a WHOLE BUNCH of folks in the Camp Family, we're ready to get started on our Leadership Fire Ring soon as springtime sets in.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

People Have Been Wondering If It Snowed At Camp...


As it...


Turns out...

As a...

Matter of...





It did.

According to...

Top of the Welcome Sign measurements...

It snowed just a little bit.

Actually, it's still snowing.

So now that we've shared the scene with you...

It's time...

To head back inside.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

January Trail

 It's January! 

We're busy making preparations, plans, and contingencies for what Summer 2021 looks like...but not SO busy we can't share a photo of a January sunset through the bare trees of the 4-H Camp forest.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Happy NEXT Year!

Well, we've made it to the end of 2020, and I think we can all agree that we hope we will get to spend a lot more time together at 4-H Camp next year than we did this year. 

However - despite all the year threw at us - we managed to have some fun and create some moments we could be proud of at 4-H Camp this year; some moments that we can happy happened. 

So, I'd like to end the year with two of those moments - moments that could only have been brought about by a year as strange as 2020.

Our (abridged) Summer 2020 Talent Show:

And our Summer 2020 HAFHAH Closing Campfire:

So, 2020 wasn't all bad. And we'll look forward to seeing you in 2021. 

(P.S. - We've nearly reached our Leadership Fire Ring Fundraising goal! We only have about $500 bucks let to go! If you'd like to help us get across the finish line, you can contribute here before the end of the year.)

Friday, December 18, 2020

Thanks for "Gathering"!


Thanks for joining us for 12 WHOLE DAYS of Winter Gathering "here" at 4-H Camp!

You can relive any of your favorites (or catch up on what you might have missed) HERE ON OUR YOUTUBE PLAYLIST.

That's another upside to being forced to do this virtually - it can be Winter Gathering 2020 absolutely any time you'd like!

ENJOY! (And Happy Winter Gathering.)

Thursday, December 17, 2020

One FINAL Winter Gathering Decoration

Even though we just held the final day...
Of Winter Gathering...

We figured we should add on...

A foot or so...

Of one more element of seasonal decoration...


That always seems to make 4-H Camp look...

That much more wintry.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

On the TWELFTH Day of Winter Gathering...


Well, this year we took Winter Gathering from its standard afternoon and stretched it out over 12 whole days, but all good things come to and end and we have reached our final day of Winter Gathering!

Which means - it's time to light up 4-H Camp for the holidays!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

On the ELEVENTH Day of Winter Gathering...


Some of our campers and staff share a few of their favorite camp memories - as long as they can be expressed in 11 words or 11 seconds.

Monday, December 14, 2020

On the TENTH Day of Winter Gathering...

Let's check in around the globe on ten (or so) of your favorite Camp counselors, and see how they're all spending their December!