Environmental Summer Camp
The main focus of the camp is to familiarize campers with natural resources and environmental concepts so that they will be better informed citizens of tomorrow. The campers participate in fun educational courses in the field of:
- environmental education
- health education
- aquaculture education
- crafts and pottery
- etiquette education
- leadership skills
- Aside from courses the camp includes activities such as camp fires, swimming (where trained staff offer swimming lessons), and eco scavenger hunts.
Environmental Summer Camp is staffed by highly trained University of Florida
faculty. Nestled on
the banks of Lake Francis in Highland County, the camp’s open spaces and abundant fishing allow for playing
and learning in a safe and enjoyable environment. 4-H Environmental
Summer Camp provides the perfect escape from the noise and clutter
of city life and an opportunity to appreciate nature and work in a
The camp’s “Discovery Lab” is equipped with nets, seines and microscopes to explore the Lake Francis depths. In addition, 4-H Camp has acquired a 25-acre tract of swamp/upland habitat adjacent to the main facility. Boardwalks and interpretive stations meander throughout, to enable campers to explore this piece of wild Florida . Groups of campers observe, explore and interact with nature in an informal setting of experiential learning.
Meet Your Camp Staff
Cooper - Resident Director
has worked for Florida
4-H Camping for 22 years. He began as the Cherry Lake Camp Director
from 1985-88. He has been the Director at Camp Cloverleaf
since 1988. Steve also has worked and trained in Challenge Adventure
and 4-H Shooting Sports Programs. He served on the State 4-H Camping
Advisory Board from 2005-07. He was a State of FL Certified Security Officer
from 1995-00. Steve also holds a State of
FL Certified Security Officer License
. He has also been substitute teaching in
a parent, you can expect your child to have a safe and happy camp
experience. No one can
guarantee that your child will not get hurt, but we do all we can to
minimize the risks at the 4-H center. While swimming, there will be
a qualified lifeguard and two adult chaperones for every 50 campers
in the swimming area.
first aid station is located on the grounds. Medications for
allergies or other illnesses are kept in a safe location and
monitored by the camp nurse. Arrangements have been made with
local hospitals for emergency care. It is the responsibility
of the parents to notify 4-H agents of any medical conditions which
apply to their child. Professional and summer staff receive
training in safety procedures and program areas.
do not call your child at camp or instruct her/him to call you.
If an emergency arises, you may reach your
County Extension agent through the camp office.
camper will be expected to attend activities as scheduled. There is a variety of classes that offer flexibility and choice of
What to Bring
- Bedding (pillow, 2 sheets or sleeping bag or blanket)
- Drinking Glass
- Insect Repellent
- Sun Block (waterproof is suggested)
- Tennis Shoes
- Bathing Suit (ONE 2 pieces for girls)
- Clothes for 5 days
- Lunch for the drive over to camp!
What Not to Bring
- Electronic Games
- Radios, CD or tape player
- Chewing gum
- Alcohol or tobacco products
- Guns, knives (including pocket knives) or any other items that could cause harm to another camper
a camper, you can expect to:
and have fun.
good meals in the dining hall.
a little tingle up your back at the flag ceremonies.
- Do a variety of hands-on activities in all classes.
- Become good friends with your counselors and other campers
time in the water.
outside and learn about nature, the environment, and wildlife.
- Sing and play games around a campfire.
For camp information call 4-H Office
Ages 14-18: Free (limited Space)
is reduced for youth on “free or reduced School meal plans.”
Cost includes: transportation, meals, snacks, fun educational hands
on learning activities, and camp activities lead by University of Florida Staff
- Camp package Introduction Letter 2009: Introduction Letter
- Parental Responsibility Letter (all youth's parents must sign)
- Campers application, ages 8-12
- Counselors in training application, age 13
- Counselor application, ages 14-18
- Camp Counselor Contract: Counselors and counselors in training must fill out contract
- Junior Project Report
- Intermediate Project Report
- Adult Volunteer application
- Medication form: for youth who will be taking medication at camp
- Free and Reduced Meal form
- Special Needs-Scholarship request form
- 4-H Participation form: Everyone must fill out this form
- What to bring/what not to bring
- Camp Flyer
Environmental Summer Camp is managed by the Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension Service The mission of the 4-H Youth Development program in
Miami-Dade is to provide
local educators and parents with the research based solutions that
create positive change in youth, families, and communities.
you are an institutional youth coordinator looking to provide a
safe, fun and educational camp experience to your youth but do not have the expertise or resources to develop your own environmental
summer camp; simply incorporate your summer program into our 4-H
Environmental Summer Camp. 4-H Environmental Summer Camp can easily
be incorporated into your already existing summer programming, and
has been the summer camp of choice for many city parks.