4-H Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp

July 31-Aug. 6, 2022

Learning sessions and recreation are designed to:

  • Increase teens’ appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors, natural resources, and science.
  • Increase teens’ knowledge about the Great Lakes, natural resources ecology and management issues.
  • Develop strong attitudinal attachment to Michigan’s unique natural resources and bioregional features.
  • Foster scientifically rooted environmental stewardship.
  • Develop and expand career and personal interests.
  • Develop leadership skills and self-confidence.
  • Increase social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.

Who should attend?

The camp is for teens aged 13 to 15, or going into 8-10 grades in the fall, who are functioning at grade-level or above. You don’t need to be a 4-H member to attend.

So each camper can have the best experience possible, each camper must be able to fully participate in grade-level appropriate small group science learning sessions as well as very active large group recreation. It’s an action-packed week of fun and learning! 

Maximum camper capacity is 70 campers, so register early to increase your chances of getting a spot. 

Where is the Camp?

The camp is held at a place called Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, near the shores of Lake Huron between Alpena and Rogers City. The state-licensed camp has dormitory-style cabins, a dining hall, and toilet and shower facilities. Meals are all prepared by a qualified cook and served right in the dining hall.


The 2022 camper fee is $500.00. The fee includes meals and snacks, lodging, a T-shirt, and program and activity fees. 

A limited number of state 4-H scholarships are offered for teens with financial need. 4-H members can also contact your county MSU Extension office to see if local scholarships may be available.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Fees are refundable minus the handling fees that follow.

  • Before June 1 – payment is fully refundable
  • June 1 to June 30 – $100 not refundable
  • July 1 to camp – $200 not refundable
  • No shows or cancellations received after camp has started will not refunded

Refunds for cancellations will be processed in the month after the cancellation is made. For example, a June cancellation refund will be processed in July.

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and Michigan 4-H are committed to the safety and health of all youth and adults during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the following COVID-19 best practices are recommended for overnight MSU Extension events in 2022. New directives or guidelines mandated or given by federal, state, and/or local governments, MSU and hosting organizations may impact these practices prior to or during the event. 

All individuals, including youth, volunteers, or other supportive roles staying overnight at an MSU Extension event in 2022, should read and review these best practices.

The most updated practices can be found at: https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/msu-extension-overnight-event-participant-agreement-and-acknowledgement-of-risk.

Great Lakes Natural Resources Camper Registration

Registration for Great Lakes Natural Resources Camper Registration is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 15, 2022.

There are 19 openings available.

Great Lakes Natural Resources Staff Application

Registration for Great Lakes Natural Resources Staff Application is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 29, 2022.


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 Laura Potter-Niesen at potterla@msu.edu.