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Image by Jim Hooper
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Image by Jim Hooper

Summer Camp Brochure

Registration for 2023 will be opening January 1!

2022 Summer Camp Brochure

We will be updating this page by December 10, 2022.  


Click here to download the full 2022 Summer Camp Brochure Here!  Additional information will be posted here.

Now available in Spanish, too!

Here is where you'll find all the details on our Day and Resident Camps at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills!    While we await official guidance from the NYS Department of Health, we are moving forward with planning a safe, fun, and exciting Summer Camp experience for our campers, families, and staff this summer. For all the latest updates, visit our Coronavirus and 4-H Camp page.

Resident Camp

We are taking the lessons learned in 2021, and planning for an even brighter 2022!  Campers will rotate in Squad groups, through a series of traditional camp classes like our Ropes Course, Cooking, Crafts/STEM, Fishing, Hiking, Shooting Sports, and Sports, with added flexibility and more Squad Choice time. 

In addition to the class rotations, each Squad will enjoy a free-swim period, daily shower times, a visit to the camp store, enjoy three full healthy meals each day (plus snacks throughout the day) and take part in a variety of exciting evening programs. These programs involve campers in a variety of events like Harry Potter Night, Camp Clue, Super Mario Brothers and more. Our program is designed to give campers a beneficial summer experience that emphasizes fun!

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 3-15 campers and are grouped by ages. 

Please note that during the week of August 7-12, Resident Camp will ONLY be available for campers in 3rd-6th grades.  Campers in 7th grade or higher are invited to register for Adventure Camp that week.

Cost:  $460 per week
Early Bird Discount:  Save $25 when you register by April 15!
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Day Camp

Day Camp is open to campers going into kindergarten to 2nd grade (must be potty trained), and runs from 7:45am-5pm 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. We 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 six weeks!

Day Camp operates Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and includes breakfast and lunch, provided by Camp.

Note: Due to high demand, Day Camp is now available for five weeks!

Cost: $315 per week
Early Bird Discount: Save $25 when you register by April 15!
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Sprout Camp

August 7-9 Only

We are excited to announce that Sprout Camp is BACK in 2022! 

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 overnight camp experience is designed specifically for younger campers. It gives them a chance to experience many of the great camp traditions without the fears of being away from home 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, 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!

Cost: $225
Early Bird Discount: Save $15 when you register by April 15!
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Progression Camp

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 in a Squad, just like Resident campers do, as well as free swim, but go home at the end of each day. Progression campers rotate through the same classes as the Resident Campers. In addition to classes and recreation activities, Progression campers also get breakfast and lunch (provided by camp) and visits to the camp store.

We have extended the hours on our day programs! Progression Camp now runs Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, making Progression Camp a great option for busy families looking for an all-day camp option for older campers. 

Cost: $400 per week
Early Bird Discount: Save $25 when you register by April 15!

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Adventure Camp

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. 

Interested in financial support for the CIT program? Contact the office to inquire about the Charlie “Peanut” Plyter Memorial Campership.

Cost: $460
Early Bird Discount: Save $25 when you register by April 15!
Register Now!

Master Camps

Master Camps are open to Resident Campers going into 6th grade and higher.  Space is limited, so register today!

July 24-29

Campers who elect to participate in Animation Camp will enjoy extended blocks of programming time each morning and afternoon, devoted to their animation project. After dinner, evening programs provide a more traditional camp recreational experience!

Grab your pencils and get to your light boards, it’s time to animate! We’re inviting campers to engage in one of the most enchanting and rewarding artistic mediums under the guidance and direction of a professional animator and mixed-media artist. Through Animation Camp, campers will learn about the underlying principles of animation as well as have the opportunity to create their own short animated videos through hand-drawn or stop-motion methods.

For campers who wish to bring their art to life, this focus-intensive program will give them the means to do so while also creating a firm foundation for future discoveries in an ever-growing and evolving field.

While this program will encourage campers to participate in art activities involving both hand-drawn and stop-motion animation, we’re offering a class structure that allows each individual camper to play to their strengths!

In addition to the animation classes, campers will enjoy a free-swim period, daily shower times, a visit to the camp store, enjoy three full healthy meals each day (plus snacks throughout the day) and take part in a variety of exciting evening programs with Resident Campers.

Cost: $510
Early Bird Discount: Save $25 when you register by April 15!
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Young Women's Adventure Camp

Young Women's Adventure Camp (YWAC) is open to girls going into 6th-9th grade. Middle school girls are under more stress than ever before. Drama seems to fill the air everywhere they go. And in today’s high-tech world, rumors spread faster than the speed of light. What you told your bestie in confidence tonight about your boyfriend or girlfriend could be all over the school before you even get to sleep. The who’s-seeing-who, body shaming, changes in social status, and, oh yeah, that math test on Thursday is leaving many middle school girls with a lot of questions and not a lot of places to turn to for help.

This unique specialty camp uses traditional camp activities like swimming, crafts ropes course, and leadership projects, to form a basis for sharing and support with other girls experiencing the same challenges, and skilled counselors serving as facilitators. Many discussions are driven by campers’ questions, and the conversations can sometimes be emotionally charged. Topics range from makeup and clothing choices to “why are boys so stupid sometimes” to “why would my best friend treat me like that” , to the full spectrum of healthy relationships and more. Counselors are trained in responding to difficult situations, and strive to connect campers with community resources that will help them when they return home.

Financial assistance for the YWAC program is available through the Ontario County Youth Bureau.  To be eligible for financial assistance, complete a Campership Application, available here.

Cost: $475 per week
Early Bird Discount: Save $25 when you register by April 15!
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Camp Windwalker

Camp Windwalker is open To Campers going into 8th grade or higher

Camp Windwalker is a program unlike any other at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills. The program is designed specifically for our older campers who are interested in a little more freedom and independence. Camp Windwalker is a wilderness camping experience, with campers spending a long Autumn weekend in our primitive camp site, living in tents and building their own community. The Camp Windwalker site is nestled in the forest, along the ravine, about a quarter mile from the main camp. They are far enough away to feel secluded, but close enough that they can come back to camp as necessary.  

Up to 12 boys and girls, along with three trained and experienced Camp staff, will live, work, and play together. Campers will come together with their Counselors to determine their own daily adventures. They will prepare group meals around the campfire or camp stove, take hikes, play games, learn back country skills, and have time to reflect on the experience each night around a campfire before retiring to their tents. While campers will ultimately determine many of their own activities, options will include a variety of outdoor skills like map and compass, GPS, fire building, natural arts and crafts, fishing, knot tying and more. 

At it’s core, Camp Windwalker is all about giving campers a chance to create their own community, their own group norms and expectations, and to develop a sense of identity both individually and as a group. Camp Windwalker is a chance for teens to disconnect from the digital world and build real connections with other people. This digital detox allows for authentic experiences that are powerful and inspirational. Camp provides a supportive environment where teens can make decisions for themselves and learn from their experiences. 

Camp will provide most of the basic essentials for this rustic, all-outdoor program, including tents (segregated by gender) and rustic bathroom facilities on site. Campers at Windwalker will be required to bring additional equipment of their own to ensure a successful camp experience. Campers should plan to bring personal items including sleeping bags, a small backpack, rain gear, flashlight, boots, toiletries, etc. A full packing list will be included in the Camp Handbook for registered Windwalker Campers. 

Please note: Depending on the NYS Department of Health regulations related to COVID-19, Camp Windwalker campers MAY be required to be fully vaccinated before camp. If this is a concern for you, please contact our office closer to the camp season

Cost: $350 per session  (August 28-31 only)
Early Bird Discount: Save $25 when you register by April 15!
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Leader in Training

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 looking to do bigger and better things in the world? Do you want to work on your leadership skills? The Leader in Training (LIT) program could be just the thing for you! 

Some people believe that good leaders are born but at Bristol Hills we know leadership skills are learned and honed through experience and reflection. The Leader in Training (LIT) program is built around this philosophy. Campers in this program form a close bond with their peers throughout the week as they explore essential life skills that will help them develop as a leader. Campers in this program will participate in many of the traditional camp activities while exploring the underlying question of what makes a good leader and how to be a contributing member in a group, all while exploring their own strengths and growth opportunities. LIT workshops will include focused sessions on service to others, presenting to a group, teamwork, problem solving, planning, self reflection, and professional development. 

The LIT program is a great program for any young adult who has joined the workforce or is thinking about joining the workforce soon. It can also be a precursor for the Counselor in Training (CIT) Program, offered to campers who are 16 years of age. It can be a great foot in the door for future employment at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills.

Cost: $460 per week
Early Bird Discount: Save $25 when you register by April 15!
Register Now!

Counselor in Training

Counselor in Training is open to Campers 16 years of age.  Do you enjoy kids? Do you think you may want to work with kids or young adults in the future? If you have ever looked up to one of our staff members and thought about being a camp counselor too; you can get a head start like many of our camp counselors did, as a Counselor in Training (CIT)! 

This two-week program covers all aspects of a counselor’s job, and is supported with workshops with the Camp Director, and other leadership staff at Camp. These include focused sessions on counseling techniques, communication, and leadership, as well as providing opportunities for CITs to develop strong bonds with their peers and younger campers as they prepare for employment in the workforce and perhaps even as a counselor at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills! 

The first week provides CITs daily workshops and hands on opportunities with campers to use the information covered in the workshops. The second week is even more hands on as CITs spend more time working directly with campers with the support of camp staff! 

The CIT program is an intense, immersive program. CIT’s will work directly with campers, shadowing counselors during classes and other activities, and in cabins. Guided experiences with Camp leadership staff are scheduled throughout the day. The CIT program is designed to be FUN! There is a lot of important information packed into the two weeks, including a session with the camp director about the important workforce skills they’ve been developing throughout their CIT program and how to apply for a job. But CITs will also enjoy teambuilding activities with their peers and scheduled breaks to foster a positive camp experience. Campers successfully completing the CIT program in 2022 will be invited to apply for Staff positions in 2023! 

Campers successfully completing the CIT program in 2021 will be invited to apply for Staff positions in 2022! Interested in financial support for the CIT program?  Contact the office to inquire about the Charlie “Peanut” Plyter Memorial Campership.

Cost: $530 per 2-week session
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Ellen Rosenbarker
4-H Camp Admin. Assistant
(585) 394-3977 x 435

Last updated November 29, 2022