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

Showing animals at Kritter Kamp 2006.


4-H Kritter Kamp

  • Friday, May 19, 2023, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 20, 2023, 9:00 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.

This year's event WILL NOT include an overnight stay.  On Friday evening, "Kritter Kamp" participants will meet at 4-H Acres Kiwanis Hall to get acquainted with each other and with their species of choice..On Saturday, they return to 4-H Acres to 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, poultry, dog, rabbit) provided by 4-H. "Kritter Kamp" concludes with an animal show and pizza party on Saturday evening.


Complete a REGISTRATION FORM by May 1, 2023

NOTE: As of 3/7/2023 the only species available to register for is dairy cow, fiber goats, rabbit, and dog. 

A $75 registration fee must accompany the registration form, some scholarships are available. 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..

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

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


$75, some scholarships available

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


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

Last updated March 7, 2023