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Camp Howe is, and has always been, a private, independent, non-profit organization with a long tradition of providing a 4-H-based camp experience to youth and young adults each summer.  Camp Howe was the first 4-H camp in the state of Massachusetts and was established to provide a camp experience for 4-H youth. It has evolved to offer life-changing experiences that provide opportunities for all youth to gain life skills.

In our recent history, Camp Howe has not received state or county funding and has been fiscally independent. In December of 2023, UMass made the decision not to renew the Memorums of Understanding with all of the five 4-H camps in the state due to a lack of resources in the Extension Office.

Moving forward, we are excited to take this opportunity to create new traditions that better serve our campers, families, and the community at large. We are committed to providing a safe, fun, and educational environment for all campers and will continue delivering a high-quality camp experience.


Stemming from our commitment to serving youth and a history of incorporating the values of 4H, youth learn through experiential or hands-on learning and gain valuable life skills needed to be successful - both as children and as adults. These skills include communication, decision-making, problem-solving, sharing, and conflict resolution. They gain these skills at Camp Howe from participating in traditional and contemporary camp activities, social interaction with other children and staff, and other inherent experiences uniquely found at summer camp.

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Camp Howe  offer educational programs, materials, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, and mental or physical handicap, and discrimination of any kind is prohibited.  

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