Youth participants work with their goats at 4-H Kritter Kamp 2007

Showing animals at Kritter Kamp

Kritter Kamp

The Tompkins County 4-H program offers a unique opportunity for youth 9 - 13 years of age with an interest in but little or no experience with animals. "Kritter Kamp" is a 2-day event, usually held over a spring weekend at 4-H Acres in Ithaca. Participants work with an experienced 4-H member to learn new skills, and practice on the animals provided (sheep, dairy calf, poultry, dog or rabbit). The program ends with a show and recognition celebration Saturday evening

Things Learned at Kritter Kamp

  • where your food comes from
  • how to care for animals
  • information about your chosen species
  • what makes your animal special
  • the responsibilities of animal ownership
  • how to show animals
  • the names -- and much more -- about other kids just like you!
  • meet professionals working with animals
  • discover what animals eat
  • how much fun working with animals can be!

What to bring:
Participants should bring  "grungy" clothes and one other change of clothes, white slacks/shorts (shirts are provided), closed-toed shoes/sneakers or work boots, and brown jersey gloves.

How to sign up:

Complete a REGISTRATION FORM   by May 1, 2023

NOTE: as of 3/7/2023, we have spaces open ONLY for dairy calf, fiber goat, Dog and rabbit.

Return your completed registration form along with payment of $75 to: 

Kritter Kamp C/O Venda Harris
615 Willow Ave.
Ithaca, NY 14850

The fee for this event is $75 per child, and some scholarships are available. The fee covers handouts and resource material, a "Kritter Kamp" T-shirt and water bottle, a binder to develop a portfolio, meals and snacks, and access to all the necessary grooming tools, halters, equipment and animals. A list of personal items necessary to bring to Kritter Kamp, and a schedule of activities will be provided to all who have registered. Parents are encouraged to attend, and friends and family will want to come on Saturday evening to watch the show.  

Permission forms will be mailed once the registration form and payment are received.


Venda Mae Harris
4-H Youth Development & Volunteer Manager
(607) 272-2292 ext. 142

Last updated April 13, 2023