California 4-H research shows that camps promote positive youth development. California 4-H camps foster exceptionally strong relationships for both campers and staff. Teens in our camp programs report significantly higher leadership and decision-making opportunities compared to camps in a national American Camp Association study.
While camp styles vary from county to county, they all provide unique opportunities for participants. Camp 4-H style helps young people to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities.
The CA 4-H Camping Advisory Committee completed a two-year statewide study to measure how the camp experience impacts young people's relationships, safety, involvement, and skills.