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4-H Camp McCandless


Hello 4-H Community,

The Monterey County 4-H Camp program, Camp McCandless, will be held at Camp MayMac in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  This site features a full kitchen, swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, hiking trails and cabins and much more.  Camp will be held June 25-30th, 2023 for enrolled youth ages 9 to 18 years.

Camp Counselors' applications are available on the  4-H Monterey County website and must be filled out and returned at the Monterey County 4-H office, 1432 Abbott St, Salinas.   Applicants must be 14 years by December 31st.  As this is considered a Leadership Position,  the youth are to apply, provide letters of recommendation  and,  be part of an interview process. 

Applications and all supporting paperwork was due November 4th, 2022. US mail  to the above address or, hand-delivered only. (No email)

Due to the break in years from COVID 19, we are aware that these new(er) teen counselors will need more training and support. This year's  trainings  and amount of time will be increased as compared to past years.  An 80% attendance at all meetings is required to meet the expectations of being a counselor. 

The process for being accepted as a teen counselor has additional parameters included in the application process. These take place before and during the camp program year. Please review these carefully before committing.

Adult Volunteers are needed, please see the volunteer information box.

Our team welcomes your ideas and continued support of the Monterey county 4-H summer camp. 

Rod Ichikawa & Jeanie Grainger, Co Camp Directors


As of 11/4/22 we are seeking additional male teen camp counselors and have re-opened the application process until November 11th.

Please download and print the following forms:

Teen Counsler Application 2022 revised date

Monterey Co. Camp Tech Agree. 2022-23

camp teen counsler contract 2022-23

Teen Counselor Recommendation revised date2022

Camp McCandless

4-H Adult Volunteers

There are a variety of other camp adult volunteer positions that should support new Camp Directors.  These include:

Camp Adult Volunteer Coordinator

Camp Enrollment Coordinator

Camp supplies, inventory & purchasing

Marketing and fund raising (tee shirts)

Camp Treasurer

Club Liaison

Medical and Emergency Response Team

We welcome your volunteer participation and continued support of the Monterey County 4-H summer camp. Please share the Camp Director position widely in and outside of your 4-H club to help us find a suitable candidate(s). Please consider any of the other support positions listed above as well.    

To submit an application to become a 4-H Adult Camp Volunteer, please fill out this form by March 17th, 2023: 

 you will be notified.

For a better understanding of the importance of being a 4-H adult chaperone for an overnight event, please visit the  4-H State web page in regards to the vetting process.


Thank you for your interest!


Welcome Letter & Brochure

Camper Brochure - will return for Summer 2023

Our summer camp program has standards that are to be followed. Parents and interested adult volunteers are encouraged to be informed on how an engaging and safe 4-H summer camp is created. 


Contact the 4-H offices if you have ideas, questions or ways we can improve the 4-H camp experience.