North Carolina 4-H Camps & Centers Receive $60,000 CAMP Grants From National 4-H Council

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Campfire at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational CenterThe North Carolina 4-H Camps & Centers are honored and pleased to announce they have been awarded two grants from National 4-H Council totaling $60,000 that are focused on reaching vulnerable youth ages 5-19 to attend 4-H camp in summer 2019. The Capital and Access to Maximize Participation (CAMP) grants include two subgrants that will provide camper scholarships and funding to improve camp facilities. The grants will be matched dollar for dollar with internal funding for a total investment of $120,000 in the North Carolina 4-H Camps & Centers state system.

A Capital subgrant of $25,000 was awarded to help replace cabin windows at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center in Reidsville, where the original windows remain on the cabins when the camp was opened in 1964. This will improve the air flow in the cabins and provide a more comfortable environment for the thousands of campers and students who stay overnight in the cabins without air conditioning.

An Access subgrant of $35,000 was awarded to provide funding for camp scholarships or “camperships” for youth from vulnerable populations to attend 4-H camp for the first time. The Access subgrant will allow at least 150 youth from vulnerable populations to attend 4-H camp this summer at one of three 4-H camps in the state. Vulnerable youth are defined as:

  • Immigrant Youth
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Youth living with disabilities (physical, emotional, learning)
  • Youth experiencing homelessness
  • Underserved, underrepresented, racial/ethnic youth (includes youth of color and low-income youth)
  • LGBTQ+ youth/community
  • Incarcerated youth/community (includes youth engaged or at risk of engagement with the juvenile justice system)
  • Youth residing in foster care
  • Disconnected youth (includes youth with significant absences from school, youth at risk of dropping out, and drop-outs)

North Carolina 4-H Camps & Centers is honored to partner with organizations for the recruitment of campers, including North Carolina A&T State University, the N.C. 4-H Juntos program, and the N.C. 4-H Empowering Youth and Families Opioid prevention program to name a few. In addition, many 4-H Agents across the state, as well as parents of youth from vulnerable populations, have been or will be awarded funding for youth to attend 4-H camp.

Angela Brisson, State 4-H Camping Extension Assistant with North Carolina’s 4-H Camps & Conference Centers through NC State University, which facilitates 4-H programs along with N.C. A&T State University stated:

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the youth of North Carolina. There are few tools as powerful as the camp experience to positively impact the lives of young people. We are honored to partner with National 4-H Council to provide that experience to at least 150 young people who have never been to camp before. Not only will they have a wonderful time making friends and experiencing new things, but they are going to gain so much in terms of social and emotional learning that will follow them through high school, college and into their first careers. We believe that no young person, regardless of their socioeconomic background, should be excluded from the camp experience and this grant shows our commitment to that principal and to bringing youth from all backgrounds and communities into the camp family.”

N.C. 4-H Camps and Centers are accepting applications for scholarships through May 8, 2019. Applications must be submitted at the following link by midnight on May 8: http://bit.ly/4HCampScholarship

To be eligible, youth must be attending residential camp for the first time and must qualify as belonging to a vulnerable youth population.