4-H camps build critical life skills for both campers and counselors. Gallia County had 212 children attending 6 different summer camps and 18 teens participated as counselors.  Camper surveys indicated that camp counselors served as positive role models, camp activities introduced STEM education and the camping environment increased personal independence of the campers. 100% of Gallia County counselors attend a two day Counselor College, directed by Gallia County, a total of 101 teens from 13 counties participated in this year’s training.  This training is part of an award winning workforce prep program that has been shared nationally Evaluations of this year’s program indicated that 100% of the counselors reported an increase in their skills for:  risk management, teaching, and workforce preparation. Gallia 4-H also received $4,680 in camp scholarships, which assisted 41 children in attending camp.  

Gallia County Camp Counselor

Do you have what it takes to become a camp counselor?  Come and find out at the 2020 Canter’s Cave Counselor College.  Camp counseling is open to any teen between the ages of 14 and 18, by Jan 1, 2020.   The American Camping Association requires that all teen counselors have a minimum of 25 training hours for new counselors and 20 for returning counselors.  Anyone wishing to be a camp counselor for Gallia County must complete the enclosed counselor application and return it to the Extension office by January 30, 2020. Selected candidates will then be invited to a short interview held February 17, 2020 interviews will be set up between between 8 am-4:30 pm, (no school this day), and successful interviewees will be invited to attend Counselor College training.

The Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Board is on a search for our 2019 Summer Staff.  Please help us recruit some awesome camp staff for the 2020 camping season!

Summer staff members are responsible for providing leadership to a variety of educational and social recreational activities during 4-H and other resident and non-resident camps and events at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp. This is an ideal position for a college student seeking a paid internship. Extension staff will work with a qualified candidate to meet requirements and to provide supervision, documentation, and feedback.

We are seeking multiple applicants to fill positions, this includes one Program Coordinator. Please review the position descriptions.

Summer Staff (lifeguard/non-lifeguard)

Program Coordinator

Applications due March 1 with interviews at Camp on March 13th. Staff training begins May 20, with
the first camp beginning May 31. The position continues through July 31.

Applications can be submitted through our online system. PLEASE NOTE: When starting the application, the best option is to complete everything at one time. Partial or incomplete applications will be deleted one week after inactivity or at 11:59 pm on March 1st. If there are any issues with your application submission, please contact Rachael Fraley at fraley.171@osu.edu

Click here to access the online application!

2020 STEM Camp Counselor Application  Adams County STEM link

We are looking for great camp counselors. Shooting Sports experience is not required!

  • Junior Shooting Sports Camp is June 26-Jun 28th at Canter’s Cave. Youth must be at least 14 years old as of January 1, 2020. Youth must complete all required training. If a youth is not a counselor in your county but interested, we do have a training opportunity April nd at the adult instructor workshop. We have also had some youth who were not available for county camps complete training in the county at the discretion of the 4-H professional (great option for those who live further away!). If youth are a counselor in your county, they do need to fill out an application but will not be required to attend any additional training.
  • Senior Shooting Sports Camp is July 19th-24th at Canter’s Cave. Counselors must be at least 18 as of January 1, 2020 and not attending SS camp as a camper. This is a great way to keep young alumni who have recently aged out involved! For alumni, a great system has been to have them go through volunteer screening in the county. You recruit a young volunteer and we get some great camp counselors! Training is available April nd for these individuals also.
  • Ohio Shooting Sports Website

2020 4H Camps

Camp Name

2020 Date

Registration Due

Camp Fee

2020 4H Camp Scholarship Application  May 2020 May ??, 2020

Scholarships Available Harrison Scholarship - $100—nine scholarships (one time only scholarship)

Gallia County Farm Bureau Scholarship  - $100— five scholarships

Gallia County Charitable Foundation  - $100—seven scholarships  

Gallia County 4H Advisors Association - 2020 Counselor Fee


Teen Winter Retreat

Feburary 1-2 Jan 24, 2020 $35.00 - Complete and return all forms and payment to:
Canters Cave 4H Camp, 1362 Caves Rd, Jackson, OH 45640

Counselor College

April 4-5

March 10 ,2020

$55.00 ...Complete and return all forms and payment to:
OSU Extension, Gallia County
111 Jackson Pike, Suite 1572
Gallipolis, OH 45631

Spring Fling 

May 8-9

April 24, 2020

$ 30 -  Checks made payable to OSU Extension Scioto County. Questions? Contact Jo Williams at the Scioto County office, 740-354-7879 or williams.2213@osu.edu

Canters Cave Open House May 3 12 PM - 4 PM


Cloverbud Overnight Camp


Jun 6-7


June ?, 2020

$65 (inc 1 adult/1 child) $35 additional Cloverbud. Payment and Registration Due to OSU Extension - Jackson County By June 10, 2019

STEM (Grades 5,6,7),  You will receive camp forms after registration

Adams County STEM Link

2020 STEM Camp Counselor Application Due April  2020

June 4-6

May 1, 2020 or 90 Campers,Whichever Comes First

$ 80.00 -Payment and Registration Due to the Scioto County Extension Office, 602 Seventh Street, Courthse Rm 7, Portsmouth OH 45662 by May , 2019. 

Jr. High Camp (Grades 6,7,8)


June 15-18

June 1, 2020

$147.00 -Payment and Registration Due to the Gallia County Extension Office by June 1, 2020. Non- 4H $ 157

State Special Needs

may 29-31

July , 2020

$ 80 Youth / $ 45Caregiver - Payment and Registration Due to the Meigs County Extension Office by July , 2020.

Beginner (Grades 3,4,5)

Beginner Camp 

June 8-11

May 31, 2020

$147.00 Due May 31, 2020 to the Gallia County Extension Office. Non 4H $157

Teen Camp (Grades 9-12)

Teen Camp

June 22-25

June 1, 2020

$151.00 Payment and Registration Due to the OSU Extension -Gallia County by June 1, 2020. Non 4H $161

Cloverbud Day Camp


June 1, 2020

May 22, 2020

$20 per camper & $5 for parent or guardian. Payment and Registration Due to OSU Extension - Gallia County by May 22, 2020

Jr. Shooting Sports Registration

June 26-June 28

May 22, 2020


Forestry Camp Registration ..See Flyer Below

2019 Forestry Camp

Oct ??, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 or Until the Camp is Filled

Registration Due Oct 1, 2020 or until the camp is FULL 

Return this form with payment (cash or check) by October 1, 2020 to:
Gallia County Extension Office
111 Jackson Pike,
Suite 1572
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631

Sr. Shooting Sports Registration

July 19-24

June 8, 2020