Kentucky 4-H News

Progress on the new Feltner Cabin



4-H camp jobs available

4-H Camp job opportunities available

Source: Donna M. Fox, extension specialist for 4-H Camp

Even though it’s the middle of winter, it’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp or summer jobs. 4-H has a way to combine both. All 4-H camps are now hiring staff for the summer camping season.

Many opportunities for rewarding summer jobs have recently been posted. For more information about the application process, go to Applications must be completed online at Once on the UK Jobs website, search for available camp positions under the Cooperative Extension job category.  The deadline for applications is March 7.

All staff members are required to be trained and certified in first aid and CPR before they can be employed by the 4-H camping program (prior to the beginning of camp staff training).

Prospective applicants need to be aware that ALL employees are required to attend the pre-camp training program and summer in-service trainings provided at each location. Training dates in 2014 are:

  • Managers Training: April 25-27
  • All Camp Staff Training: May 18-21 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez and May 22-23 at each camp

All camp employees must have a health examination conducted by licensed medical personnel within the last 24 months prior to the start of camping season.

Pre-employment national criminal background/National Sex Offender checks will be conducted on all new University of Kentucky employees.

Staff will work 40 hours or more per camping session (four or five days). Interviews for 2014 (including returning staff) will be conducted beginning March 17.

4-H Camping in Kentucky is one of the largest co-educational camping programs in the nation. The camps are located at four locations in the state, encompassing between 300 and 1,500 acres. All sites are American Camp Association (ACA) accredited, and the program hosts more than 8,000 young people each summer. Summer 4-H Camps are for 9- to 14-year-olds and are four to five days in length. Staff has separate living quarters from the campers.

For more information, please contact the (YOUR COUNTY) Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. 

4-H promotes environmental stewardship

4-H promotes environmental stewardship

Contact: Jann Burks, extension specialist for 4-H youth development

We are dependent on earth’s natural resources.  Everything from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the soil we use for food production are vital to our existence. Good stewardship is critical to ensuring these resources are protected for the next generation.

However, many Americans lack a basic understanding of environmental issues, and there is a shortage of scientists and experts focused on natural resource stewardship, especially among women and minorities. In order to protect the environment, we are going to need a diverse pool of trained scientists to solve current and future environmental problems.

 4-H offers programs to help young people develop an understanding and appreciation for our natural environment as well as to give them a glimpse at potential careers in the field.

County programs offered in 4-H Natural Resource areas include, but are not limited to, entomology, forestry, geology, water, weather, beekeeping and earth science. Through these programs, young people can explore the diversity of our natural environment while they increase their awareness of social problems that can be addressed through environmental stewardship, expand their life skills and gain a better understanding of science and scientific methods. 4-H also offers environmental camps for young people wishing to gain further knowledge of environmental issues.

For more information about 4-H natural resource programs in your area, contact the (YOUR COUNTY) Extension office.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.