Summer Opportunities


Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab is held annually in June and 4-H members from ages 13-18 may attend.  This event provides a variety of leadership, recreation, and project enhancement workshops that participants are challenged to take back to their own county and implement.  District 4-H Council Delegates from the 21 counties are highly encouraged to attend and participate in the District 4-H Council Business Meeting which includes the election of officers for the new 4-H year.  Candidates for District 4-H Council will present their campaign speech and participate in a question/answer session in front of the voting delegates.



July 17 -21, 2022

The Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership opportunity is a 5-day exploration for youth to experience East Texas agricultural production practices. Participants will learn the value of technology in livestock & crop production from a commercial perspective. During the trip East participants will have the opportunity to see the diversified agricultural production and various aspects of the agriculture industry. While many youth are interested in some aspect of agriculture production for a career, many are unfamiliar with all of the job opportunities that exist in commercial agriculture production. One of the primary purposes of the Youth Agriculture Lifetime Leadership tour is to provide them with a tour of some of the premier agriculture universities in the country. While each university may offer differing degree programs, they will notice a similarity in the friendly outgoing educators when it comes to agriculture education. Participants will tour Texas A&M University. Tour attendees will also be challenged in a variety of ways to improve on their leadership skills as agriculture spokespersons. Participants will see how numerous agricultural related issues are challenged on a daily basis by groups targeting our food supply system. Participants will be provided opportunities to defend agricultural related topics based off of the information they learn from the tour presenters.

CORE Academy Opportunity

What is the 4-H CORE Academy?

The Career Opportunities Reflecting Excellence Academy is a 4-day exploration program for youth to experience higher education and career choices.  This program will provide youth an opportunity to explore career and leadership opportunities in a diverse global economy as well as learn about post-secondary degree institutions across Texas.  Our goal is to provide youth a connection to meet academic personnel that will help guide their career choices; meet with industry and business professionals to expose them to a variety of career paths in the areas of Hospitality and Tourism, Business and International Relations, Law Enforcement, Foods and Nutrition, Research programs, Wildlife Photography and Corporate careers.  The youth will also see the importance technology plays in the health and business industry.  Many young people are unfamiliar with all the job opportunities that exist. One of the primary purposes of the CORE Academy is to provide them with a tour of some of the premier universities and businesses in South Texas. While each university may offer unique degree programs, they will notice a similarity in the friendly outgoing instructors when it comes to education.

Participants will tour Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension in College Station, Fire Training Academy, Blue Bell Creameries, Blinn College, The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Houston Astros Organization, Culinary Arts Institute, and attend an AG Workers Presentation. Tour attendees will also be challenged in a variety of ways to improve their leadership and interviewing skills as well as build a stronger resume.

The 2022 academy will depart from the Gillespie County Extension office in Fredericksburg on June 20th and return to the Gillespie County Extension office on June 24st. The cost to the participants for the 5 days is $200 per participant submitted with the application. 4-H members that have a strong interest in this diverse tour who are outgoing high school freshmen through incoming seniors are invited to apply and 30 youth will be selected.


4-H Kids Camp – Hill Country

June 14th – 16th in the Texas Hill Country
Tuesday – Pottery Class, Sisterdale School House and Games/Activities- Kendall County
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Tour Texas Fresh Harvest Farm and Movieland Animals and Camel Farm- Bandera County
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday – Tour Fredericksburg Fudge, Gillespie K9 Unit and Swim- Gillespie County
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration deadline is Tuesday June 1, 2022. Cost is $65 (lunch included) for all 3 days or $25 Tuesday or Thursday and $35 Wednesday. Campers must have completed 3rd grade and up to attend. Please make checks payable to Gillespie FCS Committee.  We will send out travel information prior to the event.

Explore 4-H Kids Camp – June 14th – 16th (

Camps at 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood

In 2022 we encourage our Gillespie 4-H Junior 4-H members to attend County Camp II with us! Register online using the link below.

  • Mission Possible & Mission Possible Mentors
  • County Camp I, II, III
  • Fishing Camp
  • Horizons – Wood Working, Robotic/STEM, Vet Science, or Wildlife
  • Prime Time I, II


Wildlife / Outdoor

Texas Brigades

Texas Brigades is a wildlife and natural resource-focused leadership development organization for youth (ages 13-17).  Each camp is an intense, all inclusive, five day experience led by some of the top wildlife and natural resource professionals in Texas. Approximately 200 youth from throughout the state of Texas are typically served.
These programs feature quail, deer, bass, redfish/marine species, waterfowl or livestock, with an aim to equip youth with the resources and determination needed to make a difference in conservation and land stewardship throughout their lives. Through this experience, participants are introduced to habitat management, hone their communication skills, learn to work together as a team, and develop a land & conservation ethic.

Applications may be found and completed online at



The Wildlife Challenge covers material found within five 4-H Natural Resources projects; Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP), the Hunting & Wildlife Discipline in Shooting Sports, Entomology, Forestry, and Sportfishing. Contestants will have the opportunity to explore all five of these projects while preparing for the challenge. Contestants will compete within intermediate and senior age divisions.

For more information and resources visit


Texas 4H Outdoor Challenge

Outdoor Education & Living Skills


Howard College Lamb Camp

Lamb and Goat Camp

Howard College Goat Camp

Lamb and Goat Camp

Aggieland Lamb Camp

Aggieland Goat Camp

Texas A&M Poultry Institute for Youth

Texas 4H Livestock Ambassador

Livestock Ambassadors

Texas Pork Leadership Camp

Texas Pork Leadership Camp

Texas A&M Livestock Judging Camp

Blinn College Livestock Judging Camp

Texas Tech Livestock Judging Camp

Texas Cattle Feeders Association Junior Fed Beef Challenge

Shooting Sports

4H Shooting Sports State Games

Shooting Sports


Texas Tech Chef Camp


Clothing & Textiles

Texas Tech Fashion Camp

Texas Women’s University Fashion Camps


District 10 Horse Show

State 4H Horse Show

Texas 4-H Roundup Hippology Contest

State 4-H Roundup

West Texas A&M Horse Judging and Horsemanship Camps

Texas 4H Equine Ambassador Program

Equine Ambassadors

TAMU Horse Judging Camp

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)

Horizons Summer Camp at the Texas 4-H Conference Center

Texas A&M Engineering Camps

Aggie STEM Summer Camp

Summer Camp

West Texas A&M Engineering & Computer Science Camp

Global Opportunities Through 4H

Global Citizenship


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