Plesae follow this link to register for camp 2016
http://ucanr.edu/2016summercamp Opens March 1st
Session I: June 12-17, 2016 (Sunday to Friday)
Session II: July 17- 22, 2016 (Sunday to Friday)
Las Posadas 4-H Camp is one of the gems of the 4-H system in California. The camp is situated within Las Posadas State Forest, a beautiful 798-acre tract of forest land in the mountains northeast of Saint Helena, near the community of Angwin, in Napa County.
The property was gifted to the State of California by Anita S. Blake in 1929 who wanted it to be used for study and research work in forestry, botany, and related topics so that the forest’s abundant plant and animal life would be preserved. The State provides a lease to 4-H to operate a summer camp for local kids in Napa and five neighboring Counties so that the wonders of this amazing property may be explored. The 4-H Camp has operated within Las Posadas State Forest since 1929 and honors the wishes of Anita Blake by providing 4-H youth with a unique educational experience. 4-H enables America’s youth to emerge as leaders through hands-on learning, research-based 4-H youth programs and adult mentorship, in order to give back to their local communities, and the summer camp at Las Posadas provides many of these great opportunities.
The human history of this forest goes back thousands of years. It was occupied by the Wappo Tribe and their ancestors in prehistoric times. It was part of the historical Mexican Land Grant known as La Jota given to George Yount who operated a sawmill on the property by about 1839. An Irish family named Moore lived on the land during the 1840s. It was later sold to the John Morris family in 1878 for $1000 and a cow. The Morris family called the property Moore Creek Ranch. John Morris passed away in 1907 and his family sold the property to the Blake family in 1912.
Anita Blake and her husband constructed a cabin and used the land now the State Forest as their vacation property before donating it to the State in 1929. A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was established at Las Posadas in 1934, and following the close of the CCC program in 1941, the old camp was used as a forestry camp, and rebuilt as a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) fire station in the early 1950's.
Picture yourself having a great summer camp experience in the rugged, shady scenery containing second growth redwood, Douglas-fir, Ponderosa Pine, oak and madrone with a perennial creek that flows past the campfire amphitheatre. Shy wildlife hiding in and around camp includes chipmunk, grey squirrels, raccoons, fox, gophers, field mice, newts, frogs, salamanders, snakes, pond turtles, wild turkeys, warblers, jays, tanager, sparrow quail, jack rabbit and black tailed deer to name a few.
Campers and staff sleep outside under a canopy of madrone on raised wooden platforms. Restrooms and hot shower rooms are located in girls and boys separate sleeping areas of camp. Our campers and staff dine together family style. A commercial kitchen is utilized by cooks who prepare 3 nutritious meals per day, served under a covered, open sided dining patio.
You'll be having fun with other campers your same age, sleeping under the stars and enjoying the great outdoors, eating in the historic covered Dining hall, and enjoying fantastic hiking in the state forest. We have many activities for summer fun and also a great staff. Each of the activity areas has staff that will help you learn or improve your skills in that area. Activities include Hiking, Archery, Swimming, Camp Fires, Arts & Crafts, Star Gazing, Basketball, Ping Pong and much more.
The biggest problem you'll have at camp is deciding which of the activities you'll like the best.
So grab your camera and come. We have a summer full of memories waiting just for you!