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4-H clover Apply to be a 4-H Camp Counselor at Camp Patterson Today!

Serving as a camp counselor is a key leadership activity for many 4-H youth. Camp counselors learn important leadership skills like persistence and teamwork, develop long-lasting relationships, and learn how to respond in a variety of scenarios. Camp counselors support younger youth (who have just completed 3rd-6th grades) in learning and help them have an affirming and fun experience.

Why are camp counselors important?

Counselors are the heart of 4-H summer camp! Counselors provide active, hands-on fun and cooperative outdoor programming, lead cabin activities, and supervise all aspects of the campers’ day. Selected camp counselors plan camp and receive required counselor training through the planning process.

If you are in 7th grade or above and would like to have an opportunity to utilize your leadership skills this summer, make friends and work with youth… then we need you as a camp counselor! Please complete the relevant camp counselor application via the links below.


Camp Counselor Trainings will be held on the following dates, Junior Camp Counselors will join the dates marked by an asterisk(*);

April 10, 2023: 5:30-8:30pm (Zoom Training)

May 7, 2023: 1:00-4:00pm (Blue Earth County Extension Office, Mankato)*

June 9-10, 2023: 10:00am-3:00pm (Camp Patterson)*

July 5, 2023 (pre-camp morning meeting at Camp Patterson)*

July 5-7, 2023: 4-H Camp at Camp Patterson!*

Apply today

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (Even if you have conflicts right now with dates/times, we encourage you to still apply and notify us of your conflicts)

Camp Counselor (grades 9+) application

Junior Camp Counselor (grades 7-8) application

*Reminder: Candidates should fill out the application online to be considered for selection. A paper application is available by request from your local county Extension Office.


Questions about being a camp counselor or the application process?


David Foley - Le Sueur County 4-H Extension Educator | djfoley@umn.edu | 507-357-8230

Janessa Palmer - Brown County 4-H Extension Educator | palme590@umn.edu | 507-793-7994

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