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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Sea Camp

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp 

2024 Camp Dates: July 19-July 23

Through partnerships of Ohio State University Extension and organizations that offer aquatic education and water recreation, Ohio 4-H Sea Camp at Kelleys Island has offered hundreds of young people the opportunity to learn about aquatic science and experience a variety of recreational watersports on Lake Erie. Sea Camp is offered to youth ages 14-17 (age as of the first day of camp). 

The mission of Ohio 4-H Sea Camp is to offer teenage youth an introduction to the Great Lakes through hands-on experiences in a variety of aquatic-based programs. Sea Camp will enable participants to experience Lake Erie-based activities and culture such as aquatic science, water recreation, and fishing. The program is a supervised, educational environment fostered by Ohio 4-H and The Ohio State University.

Objectives of Ohio 4-H Sea Camp include:
  1. Participants will gain an understanding of safety applied to watercraft, sun, and open water recreation.
  2. Participants will explore a variety of potential career opportunities through learning from professionals in aquatic science, natural resources, and watersports.
  3. Participants will gain lifelong skills fostered through educational and recreational water-based activities, while developing lasting friendships and comradery with peers.
Camp Registration Timeline:

February 1-March 31: Camp staff application material will be available on this webpage

March 1: Camper pre-registration will become available on this webpage

May 1: Camper pre-registration closes. Waiting list begins. 

CAMPER registration

Click here to pre-register a camper for Ohio 4-H Sea Camp by May 1: 2024 Sea Camp Pre-Registration Link

All campers who have pre-registered by May 1 have received a confirmation email and a packet with camp forms.

Forms must be completed and returned by May 20 to the Ohio 4-H State Office.

Payment must be completed by May 20 through check or county sponsorship (payment options included in individual emails). Sea Camp fees are $400 for currently enrolled 4-H members and $450 for all other teens.

Ohio Boaters Education Course must be completed by June 10 with appropriate paperwork sent to ODNR.

Camp staff information

Application for Camp Counselors:

Position Descriptions:

Application for Camp Staff & Guest Instructors:






For more information, contact Jenny Strickler at or Frances Foos at

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