4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp

Go charter fishing, snorkeling or sailing! Hike through forests! Wade through wetlands! Explore dunes! These are just a few of the exciting activities you can do at 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp.

Come to camp this summer! 

If you want to have fun and amazing outdoor hands-on learning experiences, come to the week-long adventure known as 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp.

When and where is camp?

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources CampAugust 2 – 8, 2015, at a place called Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, near the shores of Lake Huron between Alpena and Rogers City. The state-licensed camp has dormitory-style cabins, a dining hall, and toilet and shower facilities. Meals are all prepared by a qualified cook and served right in the dining hall.

Who should attend?

Camp is for teens aged 13 to 15, or going into 8th-10th grades in the fall. (We use the public school cut-off date for school-year eligibility which is that 2015 campers must be born before 12/01/2002 to be entering 8th grade in the fall.)  You don’t need to be a 4-H member to attend. There are a limited number of spaces at GLNR Camp, so apply early to increase your chances of getting a spot. Promotional materials and applications will be available in February.

It’s a winner!

It’s an award winner, but that just tells you it’s full of good stuff taught by experts. More important to teens, it’s full of fun too and things that’ll make you feel good to be doing your part to care for Michigan’s environment. Learn more by reviewing the one-page 2014 Impact Summary and the 2014 Full Evaluation Report. To learn more about how this state-licensed camp is managed, review the Policies and Procedures Manual and the Health Service Policy Manual.

To learn why this camp is one of the top 4-H science programs in the nation, check out the new report, “Priming the Pipeline: Lessons from Promising 4-H Science Programs,” from a study conducted as part of the national 4-H Science Initiative evaluation. The report features 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp and seven other nationally recognized 4-H science programs. Program practices are discussed in the following areas: youth outreach and recruitment; staff and science volunteers; professional development; science curricula and pedagogy; youth development and attitudes toward science; partner organizations and resource support; program evaluation; and program sustainability and scale-up.  

At 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp, you can:

It's A Winner!

  • Enjoy all of the usual fun camp activities, but also learn about science in interesting, hands-on ways (yes, it’s OK to learn during the summer).
  • Learn about our Great Lakes and the issues they face. You’ll know about environmental concerns and how to be a good environmental steward to protect our state’s great natural resources.
  • Get off the couch and get more into the outdoors. You might even discover a career you’d like to pursue!
  • Become a better leader, discovering self-confidence you never knew you had.

Related Programs

Camp Chickagame in Presque Isle County4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is just one of many 4-H environmental and outdoor education program offerings. For more information, please visit the Environmental and Outdoor Education section of this site.

For information about the pre-college programs offered at MSU, please visit Spartan Youth Programs at http://www.spartanyouth.msu.edu. You’ll find a multitude of programs that can help you develop valuable skills, make new friends and taste college life. 

Sponsors and Partners

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is sponsored by:


Judy Ratkos, Senior Program Leader
Phone: 517-432-7613
Fax: 517-353-4846
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Laura Potter, Educational Programs Event Coordinator
Phone: 517-432-2963
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Nick Baumgart, Extension Educator
Environmental & Outdoor Education & Shooting Sports
Michigan State University Extension
527 Stephenson St.
Norway, MI 49870
Phone: 906-774-0363
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