Franklin County

4-H Camp

4-H Camp that was to be held at Camp Derricotte in Cuivre River State Park has been canceled for 2020.

The message below is an address from the State 4-H Program Director Lupita Fabregas. Families who already registered for camp will receive a full refund.

Dear 4-H Family,

Missouri 4-H is committed to the health and safety of our members, our clubs, our communities, and our world. In keeping with national and state responses to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to keep public health top priority, we suspended face to face 4-H programming including meetings, programs, events and club gatherings.

Though we all continue to hope that our social distancing is effective, due to the time-sensitive nature of decisions for camping programs, at this time we are also canceling any camps that are set to begin prior to August 1. We look forward to seeing everyone “virtually” soon, and in person again as soon as we can.

All 4-H members 8–14 are encouraged to attend. Campers will participate in fun activities including making crafts, exploring hands-on activities, swimming, archery, and singing fun songs, meeting new friends, learning about our environment, and more. All the while, campers will be developing social skills and building confidence in their ability to take care of themselves. Add traditional camp ceremonies to the mixture, and you have the perfect recipe for summer fun!

Campers will stay in cabins with other youth about the same age. This allows campers to stay in a cabin with their friends. Daytime activity groups (color groups to experienced campers) will be divided by age as well. That will allow kids to stay with their friends all day, and still meet other kids in the county that share their interests. All of the campers will be together for evening activities, meals, and special programs. Our camp will have only Franklin and Gasconade County 4-H’ers.

The Franklin County 4-H Council provides buses to take our members to camp. The buses will leave from, and return to, the JC Penney parking lot in Washington. Departure and return times will be detailed, along with a list of items campers should bring with them, in a follow-up letter closer to camp time. Camp Derricotte facilities include comfortable cabins with showers and restrooms in each cabin. Campers are supervised by County 4-H Staff, Franklin County 4-H teens, Camp Cabin Advisors, and our camp staff.

Please note that special financial arrangements can be made for families sending more than one child, or those who have other financial hardships. This can range from allowing payment over time to partial scholarships. Please contact Tanner Adkins or Jenny Wallach, and we will do what we can to assure your child has the opportunity to experience 4-H Camp. Please do not let the cost determine whether your child comes to camp without checking with us first.