Frequently Asked Questions

What camping program does Hartford County 4-H Camp have? What is a typical day at camp?
How do I register my child? What if I have to cancel or my child is sent home? What if my child gets homesick?
Where do campers sleep? What do campers eat?
What is available at the Camp Store? What if my child needs to leave camp during the week?
What should my child bring to camp? What should my child NOT bring to camp?
When is Check-In & Check-Out? How do I get to camp?
How much does camp cost? Will my child be safe at camp?
Who works at camp? How can correspond with my child? Can my child call or email me? How can I stay in touch?
What if my child leaves something behind? Are there camperships?

What camping programs does Hartford County 4-H Camp have?

Mini Camp is for youth ages 7 & 8 interested in crafts, nature, recreation, and swimming.  A one-night sleep over will introduce the younger set to camp experiences.

Traditional Camp  is for youth ages 9 through 14 and is held in seven one-week, coed sessions. Campers will participate in tribe activities, camp fires, a camp sleep-out, and classes such as Horseback Riding, Archery, Swimming, Boating, Nature, Arts & Crafts, and Outpost Camping.  Combined with new and old friends, these activities gives campers many choices for a wonderful camp experience.

”Bring Your Own Horse” Camp is for youth ages 11 and older.  We have one special week of camping for campers who own horses.  Campers will house their horses in barns at camp. Ring and lecture instruction and trail riding are included.

Teen Counselors: Teens age 15 through 18 may apply for our Teen Counselor Leadership Program. Counselors volunteer a week’s stay, live with the campers, help the staff with classes, and share numerous responsibilities with other counselors. You must be 15 before July 1 of the current year and must attend the Counselor Training at 4-H Camp (Date To Be Determined). Note: Drugs and alcohol are not allowed!

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How do I register my child?

Registration is now done online. Follow the Parent Dashboard link on our website.

Upon arrival, follow the signs to the parking area and proceed to Volunteer Hall. There you will meet our registrars and the nurse. Once checked in, you and your camper can proceed to the cabin area to set up a bed.

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Where do campers sleep?

We have 16 cabins at our camp, six on the boys’ side and ten on the girls’ side.  Each cabin will house a Teen Counselor (or two) and ten campers. There are screens, overhead lighting, and electrical outlets.  On both the boys’ and the girls’ side, there are adult staff members available at all hours.

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What is available at the Camp Store?

The store is open everyday at 4:00 pm for purchases. The campers will be given a store card where we deduct purchases and the costs of classes (if any) throughout the week. At the store, they can buy sweatpants, shorts, camp t-shirts, postcards, stamps, candy, ice cream, and miscellaneous 4-H items. Only one candy and one ice cream allowed per day!  The recommended amount to leave your child with is $20.  If, in the event that your child spends more, you can simply pay the balance on Saturday.

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What should my child  bring to camp?

We made a packing list for you!

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When is Check-In & Check-Out?

Check-In begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoons. There is no need to arrive early.  Check-out is on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.If you need to drop off later or pick up earlier, the Camp Director MUST be made aware.  Your camper is expected to help clean their cabin on Saturday morning before departure.  When the cabin has been deemed clean, store money will be returned and campers are free to leave.

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How much does camp cost?

2018 Rates
Traditional Camp  & Bring Your Own Horse Camp

4-H Member* $425
Non Member $465
Mini Camp $75
Horse Activity $90
*4-H Members are current youth who are registered 4-H members with the 4-H Extension Office

CAMPERSHIPS: Camperships are available on a limited basis to those who need full or partial financial assistance. You may apply online.

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Who works at camp?

Our camp is staffed within the guidelines set forth by the State of Connecticut Youth Camp Licensing Program.  We have a Camp Director, Program Director, Residential RN/certified health care provider, chef, kitchen staff, and program staff.  The program staff have been properly trained and hold CPR and/or First Aid certifications.  All employees have had their background checked prior to being hired.

Check out our staff page for more info and pictures. 🙂

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What if my child leaves something behind?

We have a Lost and Found here at camp that stays open all summer.  If you have a missing item, contact the camp director and she can investigate further.  If your item is found, a pick up time can be arranged.  Please identify your camper’s articles with a waterproof laundry marker to make identification easier!

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What is a typical day at camp?

Mini Camp
Traditional Camp

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What if I have to cancel or my child is sent home? What if my child gets homesick?

As stated throughout the registration online process and on your invoices, there are no refunds after June 1st.

Homesickness is a very normal, and often temporary, response for some children who attend camp. Proper preparation and preventive measures will allow your child (and you!) to have a great week. With proper handling by parents, staff, and campers, a case of homesickness can be prevented or easily overcome, while the camper gains independence and feelings of success and pride. The camp staff are extensively trained to handle homesickness in a sensitive and compassionate way so that your camper has a great week!

Here are some tips for camper families to begin the process before their camper even begins packing their bags for camp.

  1. Encourage sleepovers at a friend or relative’s home prior to camp.
  2. Plan a visit to camp prior to their camp session. This allows campers and parents to see the “unknown”, ask questions, become familiar with camp, and get excited about their week away.
  3. With your camper, explore the camp website so that camp surroundings look familiar when yourcamper arrives in person.
  4. Read stories about camp to your child or have a friend or sibling who has attended camp share their stories.
  5. Tell, tell, and re-tell your child how much fun you want them to have at camp. While you will surely miss them, you want them to have a great time, make friends, and try new fun activities. Share your pride in their success at camp.
  6. Do not give your child an “out” such as promising that they can call or come home or that you will pick them up early, this often makes matters much worse. The Director will always call if needed. Campers are not allowed to call or email during the camp week.
  7. Send a familiar object from home such as a stuffed animal or pillow. This “transitional” object will ease adjustment to camp.

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What do campers eat?

With kids in mind, our chef puts together a delicious menu! All meals are served family style. If the campers are not interested in what is being served, cereal bar, a salad bar, and peanut butter and jelly are always an option. We have skim, whole, and chocolate milk available at every meal.

Typical breakfast meals consist of pancakes, French toast, cereal, or scrambled eggs. We always offer cereal, fruit, mini bagels, and yogurt at our cereal bar.

A typical lunch may be tacos, hot dog cookout, deli sandwiches, pizza, grilled cheese and tomato soup, or chicken patties.

Popular dinners at camp are chicken teriyaki, ravioli, beef stew, and roast beef or turkey dinner on Friday’s “Dress Up Dinner!”

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What if my child needs to leave camp during the week?

At Sunday check in, there will be forms to fill out for early dismissal or if your child needs to leave. These forms will make their way to the camp director.  When it is time to pick up your camper, proceed to the Red Shepard cabin and sign out your child on the clipboard next to the door. A staff member will get your child and bring them to you. Please sign your camper back in when you drop him or her off.

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What should my child NOT bring to camp?

Glad you asked!  Cell phones, iPods, and any electronic device are not only not necessary but also NOT ALLOWED at camp. We want to ensure your camper has the best time possible and is safe!  For that reason, leave them all home!  If a camper brings these items, they will be confiscated and stored with the director for safe keeping. Camp moments and friendships are enhanced by keeping our community unplugged.

Possession of weapons, alcohol, drugs or tobacco products will mean immediate dismissal from camp.

Do not bring fans or extension cords. Each cabin has limited electricity. Believe or not, it actually gets quite cool at night and the rest of the time, they are too busy to sit in front of a fan.

Please do not bring snacks, candy or any food. Our small woodland friends get into the food. We also want camp to be a safe environment for those with food allergies and sensitivities.

Your child will not need cash on them for their week.  Any spending money you provide for the camp store will be deposited on Sunday; your child will not be responsible for holding on to it!

All medicine (prescribed or over the counter) must be kept in the infirmary and must have the proper paperwork to accompany it.

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How do I get to camp?


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Will my child be safe at camp?

We believe the best way for kids to be safe at camp is by having alert staff and counselors that are aware of ways to prevent injuries.  The staff members are trained in CPR and/or First Aid.  All staff members carry a walkie-talkie to ensure efficient communication.  The staff that are hired to teach swimming, boating, low ropes, archery, and horseback riding are certified in their activity areas and meet the State of Connecticut’s requirements.

Our ratio of campers to supervisor adults is always 1:8 or better!  Can injuries happen? Yes.  However, we will do our best to ensure your child has a great, safe time.

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How can I correspond with my child? Can my child call or email me? How can I stay in touch?

Your camper will not have access or the ability to call or use a computer to email you while they are away at camp. We encourage them to write a letter home, so send along a stamped, pre-addressed envelope or postcard. The Camp Director is always available by phone or email (use our Contact Form) or #860-294-9444; if you want to check in, and they will be happy to report back!

Good old-fashioned snail mail is wonderful to receive! No food or snacks! Campers LOVE getting mail!

Our mailing address is:

Hartford County 4-H Camp
Camper’s Name and Cabin # if you know it
247 South Road,
Marlborough, CT 06447

Have you heard about “Entertainment Mail?” Write a challenge on the back of the envelope for your camper to do before receiving his/her letter.  For example, “Do 5 cartwheels and then hug a tree to get this letter!” Be creative!

Please note:  We have a no food in cabins policy, so please adhere to this when sending your child(ren) a package during their week.  Some ideas to send instead:  Activities they can do alone or with others, a book, glow sticks, gag gifts, bouncy balls, jump ropes.. anything non-edible is fine!  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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Are there camperships?

Each year 4-H in Hartford County receives many requests for Campership Assistance and we try to assist as many families as possible with our limited donations. In light of this, we strongly encourage families to pay a portion of the camp fee. In doing so, we can assist more families. If attending the week of July 1-7 there is also a better chance of our help. We will ask you to provide documentation of your income level. We have found that local towns sometimes also have funds that can be used for Camperships at our camp. You should consider registering AND filling out the application. You may apply online for a Campership.

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