Youth participants show their goats at 4-H Kritter Kamp 2007

Showing animals at Kritter Kamp 2006.


4-H Kritter Kamp

  • Friday, May 17, 2019, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Youth aged 9 to 13 who have an interest in but little experience with animals are invited to register for the annual "4-H Kritter Kamp", hosted by the Tompkins County 4-H program at 4-H Acres, 418 Lower Creek Road in Ithaca.

On Friday evening, "Kritter Kamp" participants will camp indoors at 4-H Acres' Kiwanis Hall. From then until Saturday evening, they learn about animal behavior, grooming, anatomy, health, nutrition and dietary needs, proper handling and how to present an animal for show. Participants partner with an experienced 4-H member to learn these new skills, and they practice with their choice of animal (sheep, dairy cow, goat, or rabbit) provided by 4-H. "Kritter Kamp" concludes with an animal show and pizza party on Saturday evening.

Contact Brenda Carpenter, 272-2292, for a registration application, or find it here: . A $60 registration fee must accompany the registration form; deadline to register for Kritter Kamp is April 29th. The fee will provide handouts and resource material, a “Kritter Kamp” T-shirt, water bottle, a binder full of resources and supportive activities, meals and snacks, and access to all the necessary grooming tools, halters, equipment and animals. Parents are encouraged to attend, and friends and family will want to be present on Saturday evening to watch the show.


$60, some scholarships available


Brenda T. Carpenter
Extension Community Educator, 4-H Youth Development
(607) 272-2292 ext. 142


4-H Acres
418 Lower Creek Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Last updated March 21, 2019