Camps by Location

Camps by Location

Mingus Mountain Adventure Camp (MMAC)

Dates: July 17-21, 2023

Length of Camp: 5 days, 4 nights

Space available for 85 campers.

Camp Description:

The Mingus Mountain Adventure Camps will bring military youth together with 4-H youth leaders, 4-H
Youth Development experts, and Veterans of Foreign Wars volunteers. Our camp model is designed and
implemented by teens for teens. We will utilize high adventure activities to encourage personal
leadership, promote positive pro-social behaviors, and create engaged citizens that answer a call to
action upon returning to home communities. Youth will participate in team-oriented activities including
kayaking, ropes/challenge courses, a forged in fire blacksmithing competition, backcountry hiking,
shooting sports (archery, rifle, and pistol), and bushcraft survival skills.


Additional information and registration at: and

Contact information: Jenna Mennetti, and Joshua Farella,

Cheley Colorado Camp 

Camp Dates: August 14-19, 2023

Length of Camp:  6 days, 5 nights

Campers: Military-connected youth, 13-18 years old

Number of Participants: 120

Primary Activities: Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, Cheley Colorado Camps is a family owned and operated summer camp. Daily adventures include hiking, intense mountain biking, horseback riding, horse colt training, arts & crafts, woodworking, technical climbing, and archery.

Location:  Cheley Camp, Estes Park, Colorado

Registration Link:

Registration is open and will be managed online and end with priority registration on June 5. If spaces remain, registration will close by July 15. Notifications of acceptance will be provided on a rolling basis by the 15th of each month until June. A waitlist will be managed for the camp and families will be emailed when and if spots become available if it fills.  

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.  

Here are the steps to access the application:

  1. Visit 
  2. Select “Don’t have an account.”  
  3. Select Indiana from the drop-down menu.  
  4. Select State Office as the county from the drop-down menu.  
  5. After creating your account and adding your family members, you’ll be able to register for the “Joint Military Teen Leadership Summit.”


Adult Leaders

Both military and civilians over 21 years old are invited to serve as an adult leader during camp.  Adult leaders will complete a similar process as above to apply.  For full details or to find out more information, please click here.  

Joint Extreme Summit

Camp Dates

  • June 18-23,2023
  • June 25-30,2023

Length of Camp:  6 days, 5 nights

Campers: Military-connected youth, 13-18 years old

Number of Participants: 42 youth

Primary Activities: Team challenges, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, campfires, canoeing, birds of prey, high ropes course, herpetology, and tent camping.

Location:  Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp, 350 Rock Eagle Rd, Eatonton, GA 31024

Camp Description (same for both weeks):

This 6-day, 5-night (Sunday – Friday) experience offers teens an opportunity to grow and develop an appreciation for outdoor recreation and as military youth. 13–18-year- old military-connected teens will experience high adventure choices including a high ropes course, hiking, and water activities to include raft building, kayaking, and swimming. Get ready for skill-building activities such as campfire cooking, fishing, low ropes, and the Extreme Team Challenge. Teens will have opportunities to connect with other military youth from the southeast region (primary target) of the United States while they roast marshmallows, make tie-dye shirts, and play basketball. We invite military- dependent youth (reserve, guard, active, retired) to join adults and other military teens at Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp located at Rock Eagle 4-H Center to experience rustic lodging with tent camping in the great outdoors. Travel stipends are provided per camper to support travel expenses to the camp location. A limited amount of airfare tickets will be provided for those further than 400 miles from Rock Eagle 4-H Center.  Are you up for the Joint Extreme Summit?

Campers sawing a logCamper walking on a high ropes course

Registration Link:

Registration opens on March 1st. Registration will be managed online. Wave 1 of applications (March 1 – April 17) will be released by April 24th. Families can continue to apply after April 17th through May 24th. A rolling acceptance will begin on April 25th for families who apply after April 17th. If slots become full we will maintain a waitlist. Families will be emailed when and if spots become available.

Here are the steps to access the application:

  1. Visit
  2. In the top right corner, hover over “Login or Create an Account.”  Select Family/Group Account.
  3. Follow the directions to create an account.  This will include creating a “member” for each child who will complete an application.
  4. Once your account is complete, you can access the “Family/Group Portal” on the main menu.  Select “New Application.”
  5. The 2023 Joint Summit application is now available.  Click “More Information” to begin the application.


Information for the Joint Extreme Summit is available at:

Contact Information:


1) Nantahala River-to-Ridge Excursion

Camp location and dates: Bryson City, NC; June 9-12, 2023.

Camp for military parents and their teen children including 2 day back to back whitewater rafting adventure, ziplining and canopy tour.

Availability: 60 slots (30 parent/child teams). FULL; NO LONGER ACCEPTING WAITLIST APPLICANTS.


2) Red River Gorge Rock Climbing, Rappelling, and Canopy Excursion

Camp location and dates: Campton, KY; June 23-26, 2023.

Camp for military parents and their teen children including rock climbing and rappelling in the world-famous Red River Gorge, ziplining and canopy tour, hiking, camping and backcountry cooking.

Availability: 36 slots (18 parent/child teams). FULL; NO LONGER ACCEPTING WAITLIST APPLICANTS.


3) Ocoee Whitewater Rafting, Climbing, Rappelling, and Outdoor Adventure

Camp location and dates: Ocoee, TN; July 14-17, 2023.

Camp for military parents and their teen children including whitewater rafting, ziplining, rock climbing, hiking, waterpark and lakeside activities.

Availability: 60 slots (30 parent/child teams). FULL; NO LONGER ACCEPTING WAITLIST APPLICANTS.


Registration and additional information available at:

Contact information:


Visit the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and explore outdoor adventure opportunities that will challenge your mind, body, and spirit!  Physical activities will include climbing, high ropes, disc golf, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and fitness training.  Additional social-emotional engagements will include leadership and resilience training, team building, self-confidence, and mental wellbeing.  

There is no registration fee, and everything is included (food, dormitory lodging at Vermont State University, and locally sourced meals).  All you need to bring is a smile, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn!

Camp Dates:

  • Session 1:  June 26 – 29, 2023 (FULL)
  • Session 2:  July 10 – 13, 2023 (FULL)

Click here to register!

Thank you for considering attending the Kingdom Military Teen Adventure Camp – we would love to have you visit this beautiful region of Vermont!

Good News! Our camps have met our target enrollment for both sessions (June 26 – 29 and July 10 – 13, 2023). While registration is currently full, we are still accepting pending applications in the event of cancellations. 

Good News Plus! We have begun a wait list and we will keep this open until May 26th, 2023 – feel free to register and we will keep you posted on any/all progress. 

Contact and connect:

Email:  Anthony Sgherza,

Phone:  802-751-8310, Extension 365

Marine Fisheries Ecology CAMP

Dates of Camp: June 16-18, 2023

Number of Participants: 36

Camp location: Airfield 4-H Educational Center, Wakefield, VA

Primary Activities: Fishing, Kayaking and Canoeing, Archery, Teambuilding

Description: The Marine Fisheries Ecology Camp will provide youth with the opportunity to learn about marine fish, fisheries, and basic fishing skills with time to put it to practice in a freshwater setting.

Experience being a marine ecologist to understand habitats, population dynamics, and water quality. Youth will learn about the natural environment, their effect on it and how they can “make a difference” while canoeing, fishing, teambuilding.

For registration call: 757-899-4901

For questions or more information contact: Kathy Guindon, 757-899-4901,

Information Flyer


High Adventure Camp at Holiday Lake

Dates of Camp: June 19-23, 2023

Number of Participants: 36

Camp location: Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

Primary Activities: Shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, muzzleloading), Kayaking, High Ropes

Description: High Adventure Camp will provide youth with the opportunity to participate in
various hands-on activities including shooting education (archery, muzzleloading, shotgun and riflery) kayaking, high ropes and many others. Youth will also learn of the history of the Appomattox area while building new friendships, learning new skills, and personal responsibility.

To learn more about the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, visit:

To register for the camp, visit:

For questions or more information contact: Heather Benninghove, 434-248-5444,

Information Flyer


Camp Classics Teen Adventure Camp

Dates of Camp: June 11-16, 2023

Number of Participants: 36 (Registration is full!)

Camp location: Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, 3751 4H Club Road, Williamsburg VA 23185

Primary Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Archery, Rifles, Equestrian, Wilderness Survival, Outdoor Living Skills, Low Ropes Adventure, Teambuilding, Biking the Capital Trail

Description: Join us for a week spent along the shores of the James River. Teens will have the opportunity to try a little bit of everything camp has to offer. Aquatic Programs include: Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Land Programs include: Archery, Rifles, Wilderness Survival, Outdoor Living Skills and the Low Ropes Adventure Course. Teens will also choose from the following specialty programs: Biking the Capital Trail or offsite Horseback Riding Lessons. Evening programs are filled with all-camp activities, campfires and camping under the stars.

For registration visit:

For questions or more information contact: Sue Williams,, 757-253-4931

Information Flyer


Trek the Shenandoah Valley

Dates of Camps:

  • June 9-13, 2023 (River Kayaking)
  • June 16-20, 2023 (Rock Climbing)
  • July 14-18, 2023 (Horse Trail Riding)

Number of Participants: 16 per camp session

Camp location: Northern Virginia 4-H Educational & Conference Center, Front Royal, VA

Primary Activities: Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Horse Trail riding (a different focus each week)

Description: Join us at the base camp located at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center nestled in
the Appalachian Mountains at the northern entrance of Shenandoah National Park and minutes from the Washington-Jefferson National Forest. This five-day, four-night backpacking experience offers teens a high adventure backcountry experience learning key skills for backpacking including gear selection, navigation, proper food storage and preparation, site selection, camp management and basic wilderness first aid. During the trek opportunities abound to acquire and practice leadership skills such as communication and decision making while participating in fun team building activities. Each Camp will feature a different high adventure activity such as kayaking, horseback riding or rock climbing.

For registration visit: 

For questions or more information contact: Katie Tennant, 540-635-7171,

Information Flyer


Adventure Camp on Smith Mountain Lake

Dates of Camp: July 3-7, 2023

Number of Participants: 80

Camp Location: Smith Mt. Lake, Virginia

Primary Activities: Horsemanship, Kayaking, High Ropes, Shooting sports, and so much more!

Description: Experience traditional Camp programs with an adventure emphasis – Classes may include Horsemanship, Small Animals (Livestock), Wilderness Survival, Reptiles, Canoeing, Kayaking, High Ropes, Climbing Wall, Archery, Riflery, Fishing, etc. Afternoon Activities may include swimming, Fishing, and Sports. Round out the evening with Laser Tag, an All-American Birthday Bash (4th of July), Staff Hunt, Campfire, Pool/Dance Party, or a Night Hike.

For registration visit:

For questions or more information contact: Rayna Wheeler,, or 540-721-2759 x253

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Washington State University/Glacier Peak Institute (WSU/GPI) Military Teen Adventure Camp

Dates of Camps:

  • July 13-16, 2023
  • July 18-21, 2023

Number of Participants: 50 youth per camp, 100 total

Primary Activities: River rafting, mountain biking, archery, first aid skills, forest foraging, and educational programming.

Description: The WSU GPI Military Teen Adventure Camp
is an experience like no other! Explore wild forests as you forage for berries and seek out
wildlife, go eagle watching on a river rafting trip, and speed along the many mountain biking
trails as you take in this scenic adventurous landscape. Try your hand at archery or outdoor
survival skills and learn about the unique forest ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest. No matter
what your skill-level or interest, there is something for you! Come stretch your legs and breathe
the clean forest air while making friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

URL for more information:

Primary Contact Name: Ashley Hall,