The Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is a five-day pre-college program held at Michigan State University (MSU) that explores ideas, research and opportunities in the field of energy as it relates to natural resources and agriculture. Youth will work with leading researchers at MSU who are developing the latest innovations in biofuel production and technology that offer alternatives to fossil-based fuels. Youth will also get the opportunity to visit companies that are taking the latest discoveries of science and turning them into real products that impact our local communities and even the world. This is a fun and interactive camp that will allow youth to conduct experiments, ask questions and problem-solve new ideas. Youth will learn how to make their own biofuel using resources around them. They will also learn about how new bioenergy crops are produced and converted into useable energy. This camp will explore various renewable energy sources and their application to our families, Michigan and the world. To deepen their knowledge youth will have the opportunity to choose one of two tracks – a solar /wind energy track or a biofuel track for part of the camp time. Youth will earn a digital badge for the knowledge they learn and apply within their renewable energy track.

Where and When:

The 4-H Renewable Energy Camp begins with check-in on Monday, July 23, 2018, from noon to 1 p.m. and ends on Friday, July 27, 2018, 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 with visits to MSU professors’ laboratories, the Kellogg Biological Station, Carbon Green BioEnergy, a wind turbine farm, farms and homes that have gone off the grid and much more.

The camp agenda will be available soon.

Who Should Attend:

Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is for youth (13 to 19 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2018) and adult participant-chaperones who are interested in exploring ideas, research and opportunities in biofuels and renewable, sustainable energy.


The registration fee includes all meals, lodging and materials.

  • 4-H youth: $190
  • Other youth: $210

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 June 8, 2018. After acceptance notification we will send you per US mail further camp information and health and permission forms, which you will need to complete, sign and return. If you have any questions about this process, please call Insa Raymond at 517-439-9301.

Cancellation Policy:

Once the State 4-H Office completes the selection process, the cancellation policy for all participants is as follows:

  • No refunds will be given after July 6, 2018.

Selection Process:

Space is limited to up to 45 youth and 4-5 adult chaperones. Selection is based on:

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


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 Insa Raymond at or 517-439-9301