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Spend a night or weekend at one of our three NC 4-H Camps & Centers. Daily and weekend cabin and lodge rentals are available for your family or group. This is a perfect opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. Meals, programs, or services are not provided, as this is self-contained camping. A one week minimum notice is required for reservations. See the information below for more information and pricing.

4-H Camp

Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center – Reidsville, NC

Cabins sleep up to 24 people in bunk beds.

Cost is $350 per night.

Call (336) 349-9445 for more information or reservations.

Eastern 4-H Center

Eastern 4-H Center – Columbia, NC

Cabins sleep up to 24 in bunk beds. Lodge (hotel style) rooms sleep up to 4 in double beds. Cost is $105/night for lodge rooms and $350/night for cabins.

Call (252) 797-4800 for more information or reservations.

Millstone 4-H Camp

Millstone 4-H Camp – Ellerbe, NC

Cabins sleep up to 11 in bunk beds.

Cost is $160 per night.

Call (910) 652-5905 for more information or reservations.

All North Carolina 4-H Camps are open to the public. Youth do NOT have to be a member of a 4-H Club to attend. Check out our three centers at:

Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center

The Eastern 4-H Center

Millstone 4-H Camp


For more than 80 years, North Carolina 4-H camping has taught youth life skills through centers located from the mountains to the sand hills to the coast. Each year, more than 4,000 campers from across the state participate in 4-H camping programs at North Carolina’s 4-H educational centers. Thousands more participate in conferences, school enrichment programs, special events, and workshops.

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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. Through participation in the 4-H camping program youth:

  • Understand that learning can be fun.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Acknowledge their abilities and limitations and develop skills and options for growth.
  • Learn about various sciences and develop scientific skills.
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and the value of diversity in a global society.
  • Learn about the natural environment and improve stewardship skills.
  • Improve their physical skills and fitness.
  • Learn a process for solving problems and working cooperatively in groups.
  • Learn skills to set goals and make decisions individually.
  • Learn to identify and manage resources.
  • Experience a variety of life-long recreational activities.
  • Learn and practice ethical behavior.
  • Explore spiritual values.


While our 4-H camps and conference centers are each uniquely different based on their geographic location, each camp and conference center offers most of the same activities and resources, including:

  • Archery
  • Cabins
  • Campfires
  • Canoeing
  • Challenge Courses
  • Classrooms
  • Climbing Walls
  • Dining Halls
  • Hiking Trails
  • Outdoor Education
  • Nature Study
  • Recreation Halls
  • School Enrichment
  • Teambuilding
  • Waterfront

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All North Carolina 4-H Camps are managed and operated under North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service through the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University, one of two land-grant universities in the state. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land, and economy of North Carolinians. Each Center is managed by a full-time Center Director and supported by Program Directors, Facility Maintenance Supervisors, Food Service Supervisors, and seasonal team members dedicated to providing safe and exceptional facilities, programs and services for the citizens of North Carolina.

North Carolina 4-H Camp Resources:

NC 4-H Camps & Centers Contact Sheet
Register for a 4-H camp or center.

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