Rock Springs 4-H Camp Offerings for 2022
Kansas 4-H has been camping at beautiful Rock Springs Ranch for over 75 years! We are proud of our long legacy of 4-H summer camping with Atchison County 4-H youth and for creating opportunities for outdoor adventure, lifelong friendships and leadership development.
The 2022 camping season will bring change as Kansas 4-H moves from offering county 4-H camp at Rock Springs to a state-wide camping experience. This new model planned by Rock Springs adminstration expands 4-H camping opportunties for local 4-Hers. Please refer to this helpful resource that gives an overview of 4-H Camp at Rock Springs Ranch in 2022, including Frequently Answered Questions.
4-H Teen Camp
Rising High Schoolers, ages 14-17, will have their own teen camp opportunities in the summer of 2022. The new model provides a camp experience for all 4-H youth, ages 8-18. There won’t be “gap years,” and now older 4-H youth who don’t want to be a counselor but do want to have a camp experience will have options as well. Age appropriate enhancements will be made in our camp programming to keep teens engaged while mastering skills at an even deeper level in the areas of Leadership, Conservation, Sportsmanship with a focus on Shooting Sports, Equine, Aquatics, Paddle Sports and Crafts.
This is a teen leadership camp experience for 15 and 16-year old’s, rising 11th Graders. LEAD stands for Leadership, Engage, Act and Discover. LEADS will have the opportunity to enjoy many parts of the RSR experience. Time will be split between leadership, community development programming and an introduction to camp staff positions. Other program components will include a service project as well as some time to just relax and enjoy other camp activities.
This Camp will be an age appropriate enhancement to the 4-H traditional teen Counselor experience. Teens, 16 to 17-year old’s, especially rising 12th Graders, may still come to camp as part of our new Counselor in Training (CIT) Camp. The main change here being that instead of being the 24/7 caregiver for a session of camp, they will just do it from breakfast to bedtime. These teens will now have their own camp experience where they’re still receiving camper care training and experience, but they will also have "camp" time with their peers built into each day keeping them fresh and even more effective as mentors and role models in the new model. “Camp” time breaks, away from campers, might include a session with their peers on our High Ropes Course for an enhanced team building experience, or a peer swim session at the pool to cool off. Additionally, instead of sleeping in the cabins with other children, they will get to room with their peers in their own cabins to enjoy some downtime and refresh for the next day with campers. These youth will be able to provide leadership to younger campers while also having their own community and camp experiences, all with the mentorship and supervision of 18 to 25-year-old youth development staff.
For more information, visit Rock Springs Ranch 4-H Camp.
Pioneer Trails 4-H Camp
Atchison County 4-H'ers will have the opportunity to be campers with Pioneer Trails 4-H Camp friends from June 19 to June 22, 2022. The camp fee for will be paid directly to Rock Springs via their online registeration system. Pioneer Trails 4-H Camp consists of campers from Atchison, Brown, Coffey, Doniphan, Marshall and the River Valley (Clay, Cloud, Republican, & Washington) and Meadowlark (Nemaha, Jackson, & Jefferson) Extension Districts.
Campers will have a fun time and get to meet campers from other counties.
For more information contact the Atchison County Extension Office.