4-H Camp at the Gardens
4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens
  • 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens
  • Program Overview
  • Day Camp Details
  • Camp Schedule
  • Sessions
  • Themes
  • Cost
  • Registration Info
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  • Open House
  • Edwin J. and Ida M. Otken Memorial Garden

Embrace nature, create community, learn from experts, make new friends, and play outside at 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens.

New Jersey’s 70-year-old 4-H Camp program has joined up with Rutgers Gardens to offer an exciting Day Camp experience.

The program combines the social/emotional learning of 4-H Camp’s friendly, communal, tech-free experience with the beautiful environment and educational opportunities of Rutgers Gardens.

Check out our Camp Guide for all
the information about 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens!

Gardens Camp Guide

Campers will bond with their “cabins” throughout the week, as they enjoy a unique mixture of hands-on outdoor education and carefree games played outside.

Days will be spent:

  • Learning in the garden
  • Hiking Helyar Woods
  • Getting creative in the Bamboo Forest
  • Studying butterflies, birds, bats, and bees
  • Morning and afternoon All-Camp communal meetings
  • Engaging in camper-initiated activities during free time
  • Building a community based on mutual respect, curiosity, kindness, and treating each other well.
  • Enjoying tech-free, outdoor summer experiences with new friends.
  • We ask that campers provide their own lunch each day. As a reminder, 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens is a nut-free program. Please, do not pack anything that has any peanuts, tree nuts, etc. Snacks will be provided by camp. On Friday, campers will also receive a voucher to pick out a healthy snack from Cook's Market located on-site at Rutgers Gardens.

    4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens is offering four sessions throughout the month of July for children ages 6 to 14.

    2024 Schedule
    Mini-Session One - Flora Festival: July 1st - July 3rd
    Session Two - Fantastic Fauna: July 8th - July 12th
    Session Three - Flora Festival: July 15th - July 19th
    Session Four - Fantastic Fauna: July 22nd - July 26th

    Drop-off windows will run between 9:00-9:30am,
    and Pick-up between 3:30-4:00pm.

    Session One runs Monday through Wednesday.
    Sessions Two, Three, and Four run Monday through Friday.

    Every week at 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens is packed with outdoor education activities, wacky campy events, and time to bond with our cabins and to make new friends.

    BUT NEW this summer we will also be introducing two different session theme options to shape the structure of our cabin and expert activities! Depending on which session is selected, during our cabin and expert activity times, there will be a deeper focus on either the flora or the fauna at 4-H Camp. None of the expert activities will be repeated between the two themes, so we encourage you to sign your camper up for both our Flora Festival and Fantastic Fauna sessions!

    Click here for more details on our themes.
    Gardens Themes

    Standard Session: $400 ($375 with RU/4-H discount. $350 for Rutgers Gardens Members.)
    Mini-Session: $225 ($200 with RU/4-H Discount)

    Polar Bear Rate 11/15/23 - 12/31/23
    $25 off all registrations

    Open to all youth, ages 6-14.

    4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens registration will open on November 15th. Limited spaces available.

    We believe every child should have the chance to go to summer camp. If a scholarship would make 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens more feasible for your family, please contact the Camp Office for our Campership application.

    The program offerings (classes, activities, etc) in the 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens will be the same each session. The program is designed for campers to enroll in a single session of camp.


    We are looking for enthusiastic, caring and team-minded day camp counselors who believe in our camper-centric philosophy and have a love for the outdoors.

    The camp counselor role is a 5-week commitment beginning with a week of staff training during the last week in June followed by 4 single week sessions running throughout the month of July. Sessions will typically run 9am-4pm daily Monday through Friday with the exception of our shortened mini-session that will run Monday through Wednesday the first week in July. Hours will be no more than 40 hours per week.

    Counselors must be 18 or older to apply and enjoy working with youth ages 6 to 14. Counselors will also be expected to complete the entirety of staff training including an overnight training day at L. G. Cook 4-H Camp in Stokes State Forest.

    We encourage applicants to bring their own creativity and interests as we develop our day camp experience extending from the existing fun and dynamic overnight camp at New Jersey’s State 4-H Camp.

    Click here to apply!

    For more information on 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens, or if you have any questions about our program, you can contact our Day Camp Director, Shanna Gryder.

    Shanna Gryder

    Phone: (973) 903-3253

    Email: shanna.gryder@rutgers.edu

    Mailing address for Rutgers Gardens
    112 Log Cabin Road
    North Brunswick, NJ 08902

    GPS Address for Rutgers Gardens
    130 Log Cabin Road
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525

    For general 4-H Camp questions, please call us at the main office, (973) 948-3550,
    or you can email us at 4hcamp@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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