4-H NS Camp Rankin Camps

Camp Rankin is a co-ed, overnight camp for youth, ages 9 to 15. It is broken into five (5) one-week camps – four (4) for youth ages 9-12, and one (1) for youth ages 13-15. The camp week begins on Sunday afternoon and ends the following Friday morning.

Camp Rankin was built in 1972 by volunteers as a Centennial project of the Richmond County 4-H Leader’s Council and was the first 4-H Camp in the Atlantic Provinces. It is located on 60 acres of land at Cape George, near St. Peters, Richmond County, Nova Scotia. In 2022, Camp Rankin celebrated its 50th Anniversary!

The camp has hiking trails, a beach, and a dining/recreation hall. The Camp Director, Leadership & Wellness Director, and Camp Counsellors lead campers through 4-H skills sessions and traditional camp activities such as crafts, recreation, canoeing, drama, nature, healthy living, and exploring 4-H.

Campers come home with unforgettable memories, experiences, and lifelong friendships!

Camp Payment
Camper Packing List
Technology Policy for Campers with Electronics

Please note:

  • Due to staffing requirements to meet Youth Safety Policies, we need to pivot to only offering Junior Camps (age 9-12) again this year.  We encourage intermediate members to register as Counselors-In-Training (CITs) this year.

  • Members ages 13-15 that are interested in participating during the junior weeks at Camp are still welcome to apply as Counsellors-in-Training (CITs) and can register through the same link for any of those weeks. Please note, CITs will pay the same fee as campers.

  • Camps will run for one week (Sunday afternoon – Friday morning) from July 9 – August 11, 2023 at Camp Rankin in Richmond County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
    • Week 1: July 9-14, 2023
    • Week 2: July 16-21, 2023
    • Week 3: July 23-28, 2023
    • Week 4: July 30 – August 4, 2023

  • Space is limited- you will be able to indicate your first and second choices of camp dates on the application form. We will accommodate first choices on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Registration must be received by the Friday before camp begins.

  • Transportation will be available. Pick-up/Drop-off locations are listed on the application.

  • Camp Rankin is open to 4-H’ers from Atlantic Canada!

  • Registration Fees
    • 4-H NS Camper: $350
    • Non-4-H NS Camper: $450

We recognize that there isn’t always a “one-size-fits-all” solution to overnight accommodations for all campers. At 4-H Nova Scotia, we want to be sure that our campers feel comfortable, safe, and welcome during your stay with us at Camp Rankin. If any camper has concerns about accommodation, please reach out to 4-H Nova Scotia to discuss solutions. We will work with you to make sure your camping experience is a positive one!

Volunteer Opportunities at Camp Rankin

Counselor-In-Training (CIT)
Three female and three male Counselors-In-Training attend each week during the camping season. Each CIT attends camp to help counselors and learn what it is like to be a camp counselor. This is an volunteer unpaid position.

CIT hours can be put toward your grade 10 credit.

Camp Mentor
4-H leaders who volunteer for a week to be an additional adult presence at camp. They are expected to participate in activities and be an additional positive role model.

Employment Opportunities at Camp Rankin

Each summer 4-H Nova Scotia hires a staff of 12 to help run the five-weeks of summer camps. These job postings are advertised on our website.

Positions at Camp Rankin include:

  • Camp Counselors (8),
  • Camp Director,
  • Leadership & Wellness Director,
  • and Cooks (2).
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