Summer Camps

Day Camp Options

Registration for Summer Day Programs 2017 is Open!

Teen Choice Camp (July 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 & 27)
Rising 9th–12th-graders are invited to attend the Teen Choice Camp to learn about leadership, civic engagement, service learning and workforce development. Camp is 9 a.m.–3 p.m. daily at the NC Cooperative Extension, Wake County Center (4001-E Carya Drive, Raleigh). Transportation to and from camp is not provided. Cost is FREE. All teens who are attending NC 4-H Congress must also attend Teen Choice Camp. Space is limited to 25 on a first-come, first-served basis. Breakfast and lunch is provided each day.  This camp is currently FULL and has a waiting list.

NC 4-H Congress (July 29–August 1)
NC 4-H Congress is the statewide leadership event for rising 9th–12th-graders in NC 4-H at the McKimmon Center on NCSU’s campus. Transportation is not provided to and from the Congress but is provided for trips during the NC 4-H Congress program. Cost is $175. Limited financial assistance is available. All teens who are attending NC 4-H Congress must also attend Teen Choice Camp. The Congress schedule varies each day, as outlined below:

    Saturday, July 29, 6–9 p.m.
    Sunday, July 30, 8:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
    Monday, July 31, 8 a.m.–midnight (Candlelight clover and dance)
    Tuesday, August 1, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

College Road Trips (August 7, 8, 9 & 10)
Rising middle and high school students are invited to join us for college campus visits. Youth can register individually for each session and can attend as few or as many tours as they wish. Cost is free. Youth need to bring money for lunch on campus ($10 or less) or can bring their own. Pickup and dropoff is at the Extension office daily. Space is limited to 30 spots for each trip. Times are subject to change.

    FULL / HAS WAITLIST     Monday, August 7, NCSU, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 
    FULL / HAS WAITLIST     Wednesday, August 9, UNC, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
    FULL / HAS WAITLIST     Thursday, August 10, NC Central, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Spaces are still available for the following College Road Trips:
    Tuesday, August 8, Wake Tech & St. Aug's, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


CSI Camp with the City of Raleigh Police Department (August 14–18)
Rising middle schoolers are invited to discover the science behind solving crimes during a fun week with police officers from the City of Raleigh Police Department and 4-H. Participants will learn about the science of solving crimes and will meet guest speakers on law enforcement and emergency management careers. Campers will also learn about brain science and how they can plan for their own success. Cost is FREE. Campers in City of Raleigh have first priority. Camp will be held at the Crosby-Garfield Building (568 E. Lenoir St., Raleigh). Camp runs from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. daily. Breakfast and lunch is provided each day. This camp is currently full and has a waitlist.

Register here for Summer Day Camp Programs​

Note: If you register for a program that is full, you will be added to the waitlist and will be notified as soon as a space becomes available. 

Residential Camp Options

Registration for Betsy-Jeff Penn Camp Week 2017 is Open!
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YOU can give children a summer experience to remember by making a donation or getting involved. All camp scholarship recipients face financial hardship that would prevent them from attending camp without aid, and our scholarship process emphasizes family and youth participation.
Wake County 4-H Camp Week 2017
Make a donation. 
Pay camp fees online. 
Wake County 4-H Youth Development is partnering with Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center for an exceptional summer camp program from June 18 to June 23, 2017.
Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center is located in Reidsville and is accredited by the American Camping Association. Wake County 4-H provides charter bus transportation to and from camp. Camp fees include insurance, all meals, transportation, a camp t-shirt and camp store money. There are three options for campers during this week.
Traditional campers are ages 8–12 and have a week of camp filled with archery, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, rock wall climbing, and arts and craft. Evening activities include a talent show, land and water sports, a dance, and campfires (with s'mores!). The cost for traditional camp is $450.
Adventurer campers are ages 12–14 and do some of the traditional camp activities like archery, swimming and canoeing, but also learn some more advanced outdoor skills such as orienteering, cooking meals on campfires, and preparing a safe campsite. Adventurer campers sleep in tents two nights during the week of camp, but do not go horseback riding. Adventurers participate in the talent show, dance, and land and water sports during the evenings. The cost for Adventurer camp is $450. All female Adventurer spots are full for 2017.
Trekker campers are ages 13–14 and are focused on some advanced outdoor activities during the camp week. They learn how to canoe and learn advanced canoeing skills, as well as how to rock climb. A highlight for the Trekkers is a two-day, off-site climbing and river canoeing trip. Because of the off-site trip, Trekkers do not participate in the talent show or land and water sports, but they are back at camp in time for the dance on Thursday evening. The cost for Trekker camp is $470.
Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp Week Payment
Payment is due prior to camp. Payment arrangements are available. A deposit of $100 is due by March 1, 2017, to hold your camp space. If you register after March 1, please send your deposit at the same time you register for camp.
Payments can be made online using the link above, or they can be mailed to our office at 4001 Carya Dr. Suite E Raleigh, NC 27610. You may also drop off your payment to the
4-H office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
Please make sure you write your camper's name on the check!
Checks should be made payable to Wake County 4-H.
Scholarship applications are available in February of each year. At this time, all scholarships for Summer 2017 camp at Betsy-Jeff Penn have been awarded.
Registration Process
Please use the links above to register for camp spaces. Once you complete the online registration, a complete camper packet will be mailed to you. All of the camp forms will be in the registration packet. One of the forms needs to be signed by a medical provider, so please make arrangements for that prior to camp. The medical form also needs to be notarized, which can be done at the Camp Orientation.
Contact Us or call 919-250-1100.