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Summer Youth Camp 2021

We know everyone is anxious to find out when we can get back to holding our traditional Summer Youth Camps.  Typically we would open registration the first Monday in February.

At this time, we do not have a firm idea what phase of the Restore Illinois Plan (developed by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity) we will be in. This has a direct impact on what we are able to offer. Our hope is to be able to make decisions about summer 2021 by the end of March if not sooner. Decisions concerning summer programming at 4-H Memorial Camp (including registration information) will be shared on our website, via email newsletters from your local Extension Offices to 4-H members, and on Facebook.

If you have any questions, please contact Andy Davis at ardavis1@illinois.edu or Monika Hammerschmidt at hammersc@illinois.edu . Email is currently the best way to contact us.

Summer Employment

The uncertainty about Summer Youth Camp programming will affect our hiring process here at 4-H Memorial Camp for the 2021 summer season. Typically, we begin accepting applications for cooks, kitchen helpers, junior and senior counselors, lead counselors, lifeguards, outdoor education, recreation, arts & crafts, creation station (S.T.E.A.M. activities), and climbing tower staff on January 1st. We then proceed to interviewing and hiring with the goal of having all positions filled by mid-March.

This year, we will begin accepting application starting in January, however we will not be contacting anyone for interviews until we are able to make a decision about the summer programming. We will let you know, via email, that we received your application.

If you have any questions concerning summer employment, please contact Andy Davis at ardavis1@illinois.edu .



From the North or Northwest : From Rockford take I-39 or from Peoria take I-74 to Bloomington. Exit Rte. 51 south to Clinton. Take Rte. 10 east from Clinton to Rte. 48/10 intersection at the north side of Weldon. Turn right onto Rte. 48. In approximately 8 miles (shortly after crossing over an interstate) at the first opportunity, turn left (sign says Cisco). Stay on this road (which curves left of the town of Cisco) until you see a University of Illinois Allerton Park sign. Turn right. Turn right again at a T-road. Then turn left at next road (entrance to the Park). Travel on this road until you see 4-H Memorial Camp sign. Turn right into the camp.

From the Northeast : From Kankakee take I-57 to the Decatur exit (I-72) west of Champaign. Exit I-72 at Bridge St. (exit 164) north of Monticello. Turn left toward Monticello. Turn right at the 4-way intersection. Left at the brown University of Illinois Allerton Park sign. Right at a T-road. Left at the top of a hill. Proceed into the Park to the Memorial Camp sign. Turn right.

From the West : From Springfield take I-72 east to Weldon/Cisco exit. Turn right. Turn left at the first road toward Cisco. Follow this road which will curve left around Cisco. Turn right at the brown University of Illinois Allerton Park sign. Right at the T-road. Left at the top of a hill. Proceed to Memorial Camp sign.

From the South: From Tuscola take I-57 north toward Champaign. Take Exit 229 Monticello. Turn left (west) onto County Rd 1000 N/County Rd 18. Follow this road all the way into Monticello (14.4 miles). Turn left on S. Market St. Turn right onto W. Marion St. Turn left onto Allerton Rd. Follow this road out of town 3.4 miles. Turn right into Allerton Park. Follow this road over the river. Turn left at the T-intersection. Proceed to 4-H Memorial Camp sign. Turn right into camp.

About 4-H Memorial Camp

Get outside and start the adventure of a lifetime at 4-H Memorial Camp. Live in cabins. Hike. Swim. Boat. Make crafts. Climb rocks. Make new friends. 4-H Memorial Camp offers a quality summer camp experience. 4-H Memorial Summer Camp is open to all youth ages 8 - 16 years. 4-H members and those new to 4-H are welcome.

Adventure awaits you at every turn at 4-H Memorial Camp. Every day is packed with activities that will challenge you to try new and exciting things. Best of all, you get to choose the activities you like the most! Meeting new friends is one of the best parts of camp. Each cabin holds 8 campers and 1 counselor. Bathhouses located near each cabin have flush toilets and hot showers. Our famous family-style meals are served in a large dining hall. Dozens of learning projects are also offered each week, such as model rocketry, flower arranging, GPS guided geo-caching, electricity, cooking, dance, music, drama, and photography. Evening programs include campfires, games, skits, songs, campouts, and a big dance. There's never a dull moment at summer camp. Don't sit around home this summer!

The program includes five days of fun and adventure in the out-of-doors. There's non-stop action in waterfront programs, arts and crafts, nature programs, and recreational sports and games. There's lots to do: swimming, canoeing, rockwall climbing, leather tooling, fishing, orienteering, volleyball, basketball, softball, archery, the team challenge course, and much much more!


Andrew Davis, Camp Director

4-H Memorial Camp
499 Old Timber Road
Monticello, IL 61856
(217) 762-2741