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4-H Camp McCandless

Hello 4-H Community,

Camper applications are open!

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.  

Known as Camp McCandless, this has been a tradition for 4-Hers for years. Held at the Camp MayMac location in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this 6 day summer camp is filled with 4-H fun.  

We take camper applications on a first-come-first-serve basis using a 4-H online registration. When we reach our limit of 100 campers (50 girls & 50 boys) - a wait list will be created and managed by our committee.  

Families are to complete the online camper registration. registration link

A full payment  is expected along with a signed Youth Authorization Treatment form https://4h.ucanr.edu/files/4726.pdf  within one week of completing the online application or, the application will be moved to the bottom of the list. This payment is to be sent to: 4-H program, 1432 Abbott St, Salinas, CA 93901. Check should be made payable to the Monterey 4-H Camp.  Or, full payments can be taken  at the 4-H office counter between the hours of 9am – 4:30pm.

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




Camp McCandless

We are excited for the return of the 4-H Summer Camp program called Camp McCandless.  Held June 23-28 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, we are completely volunteer run!  Our camp has  6 days and 5 nights of traditional fun for 4-H  enrolled youth ages 9-18.

Camp McCandless has opportunities for 4-H adult volunteers to help support and grow this local camp program.

There are a variety of camp adult volunteer positions that support the Camp Directors.  Many are intended to be “behind the scenes” in helping to prepare for camp. These include:

  • Camp Adult Volunteer Coordinator
  • Camp Enrollment Coordinator
  • Camp supplies, inventory & purchasing
  • Marketing - tee shirts -design and ordering, Camp brochure, camp flyers. etc.
  • Camp Fundraising
  • Camp Treasurer
  • Club Liaison
  • Camp Group photographer (1 photo of all campers)
  • Camp Snack Shack - organizing, shopping and stocking
  • Camp Medical Staff
  • Activity Supplies Coordinator - organizing, shopping and stocking
  • CPR instructor for camp staff and counselors


Please contact  us at   campmccandless4h@gmail.com to get more information about these adult volunteer roles that do not attend the camp.


We also offer a few day camp volunteer positions for enrolled 4-H volunteers.  Please let us know what skill or hobby you can provide to our campers that can be completed on one day. This could be art, music, athletic or an educational activity.   Fill out the application link below. You will be notified if your idea is selected.

To submit an application to become a 4-H Overnight or Day Adult Camp Volunteer, please fill out this form by April 15th, 2024: https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=42382

Thank you for your interest in the 4-H Camp Program!


To learn more about the 4-H Camp Chaperone experience, check out the information posting on the 4-H statewide site: 


Thank you for your interest!


Welcome Letter & Brochure

Camper Brochure - will return for Summer 2024

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.