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4-H Memorial Camp, Family Camp Retreats!

According to restrictions outlined in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, we will not be able to hold our traditional Summer Youth Camps during the summer of 2021. We will, however, be holding 3 day/2 night Family Camp Retreats with each family getting their own cabin!

Activities: While at camp you can swim, boat, shoot archery, climb the rock wall, make arts & crafts, fish, take hayrack rides, participate in S.T.E.M. activities, hike, make s’mores over a camp fire and so much more! To meet COVID restrictions at activity areas, there will be sign-up sheets for all activities after participants arrive.

Meals: Meals will be served family style with each family getting their own table. Outside dining will be available and encouraged!

Required: At least one participant per family must be 4-H age (5-18 years old).  We strongly encourage attendees to limit their activities with others outside their family for three days prior to their retreat. While we recommend that participants be tested for Covid-19 prior to attending their camp session, it is not required. Masks and social distancing are required. Due to the nature of Family Camp, a parent or guardian must stay with their children for the duration of their camp session.

Registration: Online registration is available HERE.

We can take up to 32 families with a maximum of 160 participants per session. The camp session must have at least 25 families (100 participants) per session in order for it to be held. If a session has to be cancelled, full refunds for that session will be given.


Family Camp 1:  June 6-8

Family Camp 2:  June 18-20

Family Camp 3: July 9-11

There is the possibility that more dates could be added if these fill up and there is enough interest.


Cabin Rental Fee (required):                       $200

Participant Fee (8 years old and older)    $75/person

Participant Fee (4-7 years old)                    $50/person

3 years old or younger                                   $0

If you are in need of financial assistance please contact your local Extension office to see if any scholarship funds are available.

Questions? Please contact Monika Hammerschmidt at hammersc@illinois.edu or Andy Davis at ardavis1@illinois.edu, (217) 762-2741.

Come join us for a fun family get away where everyone gets to be a camper at 4-H Memorial Camp!



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