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4-H Code Camp

Co-Directors: Jen Robertson-Honecker and David Hartley

PURPOSE: Smartphone apps, robots, video games, movies – the world runs on code. Software jobs are predicted to grow 34 percent in the next few years, making coding and app development the world's most in-demand skills. During the 4-H Code Camp, campers will work on fun hands-on projects while learning how computer science can be topics like drones, cyber security, and computer animation. Classes are for new coders with no experience, as well as intermediate and advanced coders.

WHO: West Virginia youth currently in 6 th–12 th grade aged 11-17 at the time of the event. Space is limited.

WHEN: February 22-24, 2019

WHERE: WVU Jackson's Mill

PARTICIPANT COST: Cost includes two (2) nights dorm lodging, Friday night snack, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Package begins with lodging Friday night and ends after Sunday breakfast.

  • If campers register between November 1 and 4 by midnight, the price will be $50
  • If campers register between November 5 and December 15 by midnight, the price will be $75
  • If campers register between December 16 and February 1 by midnight, the price will be $100

CHAPERONE COST:  $40 - Interested fully vetted WVU 4-H volunteers can apply to serve as chaperones at this event, limited space is available. A basic understanding is that the chaperones are expected to remain in camp through the weekend, to stay in the cottages with the campers, and to assist the campers during classes and programs. A camp staff application and Health History Form must be included for all chaperones. The Camp Staff Application, Code of Conduct and Health Form must be completed prior to registering online.

NOTE: All participants and chaperones must be paid in full by Friday, February 1, 2019.

REGISTRATION: Registration opens November 1, 2018. The deadline to register for 4-H Code Camp Weekend online is February 1, 2019. No paper registrations will be accepted. Partial payment of $20 is required to register and full payment must be received by February 1, 2019, to be eligible to attend. No walk-ins accepted.

Register for 4-H Code Camp

CHECK IN/OUT:  Check-in will take place on Friday, February 22, from 6-7 p.m., in the Greenbrier Room below the dining hall. Please note: No dinner will be provided Friday night, but there will be a snack. All participants must see the camp nurse and get their meal ticket in the Greenbrier Room as part of the registration process. Participants will report to their assigned cottage after going through registration. Each participant will be sent a letter of confirmation listing their cottage assignment prior to the event.

Camp closes at 11:30 a.m., on Sunday. All campers must sign out with a chaperone at their cottage. All campers must be signed out by an adult listed on their Camper Transportation Form.

REFUNDS: Cancellations and request for refunds must be made by calling 304-293-2694 and must be received by February 1, 2019. There is a $50 fee for all refunds. NO REFUNDS will be made for no-shows.


Students will choose two courses, one for the morning coding classes and one for the afternoon physical computing classes. Each class description lists any needed background experience. New coders with little or no computer science experience should not sign up for classes listed as intermediate or advanced. Each class has a limit of 12 participants.

  • Coding Classes (Morning)
    • Scratch I: Music and Animation – New and Beginning Coders
    • Code.Org Minecraft – New and Beginning Coders 
    • Scratch II: Game Design – Intermediate Coders
    • Intro to Java – Intermediate Coders
    • Intro to Python – Advanced Coders
  • Physical Computing Classes (Afternoon)
    • Piper Raspberry Pi – New and Beginning Coders
    • Makey-Makey & Circuit Playground Express – New and Beginning Coders
    • Arduino Science – Intermediate Coders
    • Hummingbird Robotic Makeathon – Intermediate and Advanced Coders
    • 3D Object Design and Printing – Intermediate and Advanced Coders