Here is where you'll find all the details on our Day and Resident Camps at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills! Click here to download the full 2018 4-H Camp Brochure (10MB) .
Resident Camp is the traditional overnight camp experience. Open to campers going into 3rd grade or higher, Resident Camp provides youth with a six-day, five-night overnight camp experience.
Campers get to choose their morning classes from a wide variety of options, and participate in those activities each morning. In the afternoons, campers participate in a variety of recreational activities that keep them busy. In addition to their free swim time each day, other popular afternoon recreation choices include water slides, hikes, sports, crafts and much more! Our staff provide special evening programs that involve campers in a variety of events like Harry Potter Night, Camp Clue, Super Mario Brothers and more. Our program is designed to give each youth a beneficial summer experience that emphasizes fun!
Resident campers choose their classes from over 20 options, listed on the Registration Form. One of the highlights for many Resident campers is staying in the cabins and forming close friendships with their cabin mates. Our cabin groups range from 6-16 campers and are grouped by ages.
Day Camp is open to campers going into kindergarten to 2nd grade, and runs from 9am-4pm each day. This exciting program offers younger children an opportunity to experience 4-H Camp at its finest. Campers are able to improve and develop new skills through nature exploration, games, songs crafts, and swimming. Of course, campers will have lots of opportunities to make friends too!
Counselors provide an environment that encourages children to attempt new things to learn. They know that self-esteem and self-confidence are gained through individual growth rather than competition. With different activities every week, campers can choose to come one week or come all four weeks!
Day Campers join Resident Campers in the Dining Hall for lunch, which 4-H Camp provides.
Sprout Camp is open to campers going into 1st-3rd Grades. For many families, their child’s camp experience may be their first time away from home. Our Sprout Camp is designed as an introduction to overnight camp for campers and their families. This unique 3-day/2-night residential camp experience is designed specifically for our younger campers. It gives them a chance to experience many of the great camp traditions without the fear of being away from family for an entire week. The short-term separation is a good opportunity for parents, too, giving them a chance to practice letting go, in a safe, fun, and supervised environment.
What do Sprout Campers do? They rotate through camp classes like crafts, hiking, swimming, nature and more. They also join the rest of camp for delicious meals in the dining hall, participate in exciting evening programs and campfires and sleep in cabins with their new friends. Ultimately, Sprout Campers get to “test the water” to see what a full week of camp will be like!
Progression Camp is open to campers going into 3rd grade or higher. Progression Camp is a great fit for campers who want to enjoy the camp experience, but have other commitments in the evenings. These campers do everything the resident campers do, except the evening activities and sleeping in cabins.
Progression campers participate in morning classes with Resident campers as well as one afternoon recreation activity and free swim, but go home at the end of each day. Progression campers choose from over 20 class choices. In addition to classes and recreation activities, Progression campers join all of camp for lunch and visits to the camp store.
This program runs Monday through Friday, 8:45am to 4:00pm, making Progression Camp a great option for busy families looking for an all-day day camp option for older campers. Busing is available from the 4-H office in Canandaigua and the RTS terminal on Exchange Street in Geneva.
Adventure Camp is open to campers going into 6th grade or higher. Want to push yourself a little further? Want even more excitement? 4-H Camp Bristol Hills’ challenge ropes course presents older campers with the ultimate challenge! Adventure Campers work in groups through a series of challenges ranging from fun and exciting field games and problem solving initiatives to the thrills of the high ropes course.
Campers can navigate the treacherous “peanut butter pit”, or experience the rush of a trust fall, before making their way to the low ropes course. There, they might rescue the princess from the man-eating Spider or go out on a whale watching voyage! By the end of the week, they’ll be able to climb high in the trees to fly like a Squirrel, jump off the Pamper Pole, or take a trip on the Zip Line! Adventure Program campers do it all! While engaging in a “challenge by choice” philosophy, campers will develop group problem-solving, communication and human relation skills. Campers also participate in other selected camp activities, swim in our pool, and enjoy specially designed evening programs. Here is a great chance to meet new friends while participating in exciting activities.
Young Women's Adventure Camp (YWAC) is open to girls going into 6th-9th grade. Middle school girls have limited opportunities to discuss the special issues facing them. Friendships are changing, cliques are getting clique-ier. Their bodies are changing, and people are looking at them differently. Concerns over dating can disrupt the social order that they’ve come to know. Academics can become secondary to social needs and parents often see their daughters struggling at this time.
This unique specialty camp uses traditional camp activities (e.g. swimming, crafts, challenge ropes course, field sports, leadership projects) to form a basis of sharing and support. While YWAC campers participate in selected general camp afternoon rec.’s and evening programs, a majority of their camp day is spent in activities designed to let them explore these emotions in a safe, constructive environment.
Leader-In-Training (LIT) is open to campers 15 years of age. Are you looking for a way to have a positive impact in your community? Are you a real go-getter, ready to do bigger and better things in the world? Do people look up to you as a natural born leader? The Leader in Training (LIT) program could be just the thing for you!
The LIT program takes a broad approach to teaching campers many of the essential life skills that will help them become a leader. This program is a natual precursor for the Counselor In Training (CIT) Program, offered to campers who are 16 years of age. While many LIT’s will continue on to the CIT program, and eventually work at camp, this program teaches skills that are applicable in any path you choose.
LIT workshops will include focused sessions on service to others, presenting to a group, teamwork, problem solving, planning, self reflection, and professional development.
Campers successfully completing the LIT program in 2018 are strongly encouraged to participate in the Counselor in Training (CIT) program once they turn 16 years of age. Campers completing both the LIT and the CIT program will have preferred status for employment once they become eligible by age.
Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Is open to campers 16 years of age. Do you have aspirations of being an amazing Camp Counselor, providing positive experiences for campers just like your favorite counselor did for you? Are you thinking of a future career working with children? The Counselor in Training (CIT) program is just the thing for you! Many of our counselors started out as CITs themselves.
This two-week program includes an internship in all aspects of a camp counselor’s job at camp, and is supported with training sessions with the Camp Director, Assistant Directors, Program Director and other leadership staff at camp. These workshops will include focused sessions on child development, behavior management, counseling techniques, communication, leadership, and environmental stewardship, as well as providing opportunities for CITs to develop strong bonds with their peers as the prepare for employment at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills.
The CIT program is an intense, immersive program. CITs will work directly with campers during some of the morning classes, afternoon recreational activities, evening programs, and in cabins. Guided experiences with Camp leadership staff will be scheduled throughout the day.
Campers successfully completing the CIT program in 2017 will be considered for hire in 2018.
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Last updated December 7, 2017