4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp

Preparing for Camp

The Camp Program Handbook includes the Michigan 4-H Youth Code of Conduct and 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp Rules. All participants, volunteers and staff members are expected to abide by the code of conduct, the event rules and all other MSU regulations in order to attend this program. Everyone involved in this camp must sign an agreement stating they’ve read, understand and agree to the Michigan 4-H Code of Conduct and program rules in order to be allowed to participate in the program.


What’s the 4-H Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp Schedule Like?

Camp begins with check-in from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and ends with campers’ departure at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Here’s a tentative daily schedule:

7 a.m. * Wake-Up (optional early morning activities include fishing, polar bear swim,
running and bird watching)
8 a.m. Breakfas
8:30 a.m. Camp and Personal Area Clean Up
9 a.m. Great Lakes Ecology Exploration Sessions (attend a different session
each day)
Noon Lunch 
12:45 p.m. Announcements, Group Meetings, Personal Time
1:30 p.m. Recreation Learning Options
3:30 p.m. Swimming and Beach Activities
5:30 p.m. Supper 
7 p.m. Group Recreation
8:15 p.m. Evening Program
9:15 p.m. Snack
9:30 p.m. Campfire
11:15 p.m. Curfew – Campers Must Be in Their Assigned Cabins 
* 1st time campers rise earlier one day to go charter fishing

Great Lakes Ecology Exploration Sessions 


  • Hunt for Great Lakes Invaders – Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff in the hunt for Great Lakes invaders.  While exploring Lake Huron’s coastal habitats, you’ll use technology to identify and map invasive phragmites and learn how to protect our Great Lakes coastal habitats from the threats of invasive species.
  • Charter Fishing and Fisheries – First-time campers go charter fishing then learn about and fillet their catch. Returning campers sample local lakes and streams for native fish and other aquatic life and see these organisms and their habitats up close.
  • Wildlife – Learn how to find and identify wildlife while exploring the habitats where they live. Become a wildlife biologist for a day and experience some of the techniques used to help manage our valuable wildlife resources.
  • Watersheds & Lakes – Study water samples, explore an inland lake from aboard a boat, and learn about the freshwater version of marine biology!  Collect mud from the lake bottom using scientific equipment, see what pollutes our lakes and learn ways to help protect our waters.
  • Woodland Wonders – We need trees and forests for food, shelter, healthy soil and clean air and water. Become a forester for a day and explore the special forest communities of Northern Michigan. Learn how to keep our forest healthy and productive for both humans and wildlife.

Recreation Learning Options

You’ll attend five different options. For first time campers, this includes filleting fish caught during charter fishing. Your choices include archery, air rifle shooting, crafts, hiking, canoeing, photography, a sea lamprey research presentation, rock and fossil hunting at a local quarry, lighthouse tour, outdoor survival, orienteering and swimming enhancement for those who can’t swim well or at all. Strong swimmers will also have the chance to go kayaking, sailing and snorkeling.

What to Bring . . . And What NOT to Bring to Camp

Be sure to label everything you bring to camp with your name.

Definitely bring the following items with you to camp: Consider bringing the following items with you to camp:
  • Athletic shoes with closed toes and heels for getting wet and muddy or aquatic sandals with straps
  • Athletic shoes with closed toes and heels for everyday wear
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Insect repellent
  • Light jacket (for charter fishing on Lake Huron—1st time campers only)
  • Jeans
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Shorts
  • Sleeping bag (bedroll)
  • Pillow and pillow case
  • Rain gear
  • Swimsuits (one-piece or modest 2-piece for girls)
  • Shampoo, soap, deodorant
  • Towels and washcloths
  • T-Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Water bottle or canteen
  • Flip flops or water shoes for shower use (water shoes can also be used)
  • Any medication (prescription and non-prescription) that you’ll need to take during camp MUST be in the original container and turned in to the camp health officer upon check-in. This is required by state law. (Anyone arriving to camp without an original med container will not have it dispensed until a fax is sent from the physician confirming it’s a legitimate prescription.)
  • Winning smile and enthusiasm
  • Binoculars
  • Camera (plus film or memory card)
  • Fishing equipment
  • Musical instrument (nonelectrical)
  • PFD (personal flotation device or life jacket)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water shoes
Leave the following items at home:
  • Archery equipment
  • Electrical equipment
  • Electronic games
  • Firearms
  • Good clothes
  • Hair dryers, curling irons and other primping items
  • Jewelry
  • Knives (including jack-knives or fillet knives)
  • Radios, record players, stereos and personal music devices (such as CD, I-Pod and MP3 players)
  • Snack food, pop or energy drinks
  • Cell phones
  • Sandals or shoes with open toes and heels (aquatic sandals with straps are okay)

Directions to Camp

Camp Chickagami is located along Lake Huron in the northeast corner of the Lower Peninsula in Presque Isle (between Rogers City and Alpena.)

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