The New Advanced 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is a five-day pre-college program held at Michigan State University (MSU) that explores ideas, research and opportunities around renewable energy. In 2019 youth will work with Extension Educators at MSU while engaging in a variety of experiences and explorations focused on solar energy.

Experiences may include:

  • Tri-County Electrical Coop
  • MSU solar research sites
  • Harvest Energy Solutions Solar Project
  • Grand Valley Farm – solar thermal energy
  • Dunklee Family Farm


  • How solar radiation is converted to direct current and utilized by a load.
  • How to minimize electricity use and understand an electric bill.
  • Design and develop a solar array model that will power their home.
  • Design challenge – modify their home array to meet the expanded needs of a farm, small business, or electric vehicle charging station.

Youth will visit labs that are conducting cutting edge renewable energy research, renewable energy companies that think outside the box, and farms that are using renewable energy to remain profitable. This interactive camp will engage youth in experiments, questions and conversation focused on the application of solar radiation into electricity. Camp will culminate with teams of youth designing solutions for incorporating solar energy into real-life applications

Where and When:

Camp begins with check-in on Monday, July 29, 2019, from noon to 1 p.m. and ends on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. Lodging is at Shaw Hall on the campus of Michigan State University. The camp will take place both on and off campus

The camp agenda will be available soon.

Who Should Attend:

Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is for youth (13 to 15 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2019) and adult participant-chaperones who are interested in exploring the application, research and opportunities in the field of solar energy. 


The registration fee includes all meals, lodging and materials.

  • 4-H youth: $275
  • Other youth: $295

Registration fees are paid after you receive notification of acceptance into camp.

Acceptance into Camp

You will be notified by email when accepted into camp by May 31, 2019. After acceptance notification we will send you, per email, further camp information and the link to register youth in 4-H online. Health documents and permission forms are managed through 4-H online. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Beth Wood at 989-724-6478 or or Insa Raymond at 517-439-9301.

Cancellation Policy:

Once the selection process has been completed, the cancellation policy for all participants is as follows:

  • No refunds will be given after July 3, 2019.

Selection Process:

Space is limited to up to 18 youth and 2-3 adult chaperones. Selection is based on:

  • Responses to short-answer questions
  • Fully completed applications
  • Regional representation of the state
Camp Application

Registration for 4-H Renewable Energy Camp Application is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 29, 2019.

Teen Leaders and Chaperone

Registration for 4-H Renewable Energy Camp Application - Teen Leaders and Chaperone is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 29, 2019.

MSU Extension Staff

Registration for 4-H Renewable Energy Camp Registration - MSU Extension Staff is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 29, 2019.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Beth Wood at or 989-724-6478.