Youth ages 13-15 explore how Michigan’s abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy. This five day exploration camp allows youth to explore ideas, research and careers in the field of energy.

4-H Renewable Energy Camp Michigan State UniversityJuly 6-10, 2020
Michigan State University

The New Advanced 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is a five-day, pre-college program held at Michigan State University (MSU) that explores ideas, research and opportunities around renewable energy. In 2020, youth will work with MSU Extension Educators on the campus of MSU while engaging in a variety of experiences and explorations focused on solar energy. 

Experiences may include:

  • HomeWorks Tri County Electric Cooperative 
  • MSU solar research sites
  • Harvest Energy Solutions Solar Project
  • Grand Valley Farm-solar thermal energy
  • Dunklee Family Farm 


  • How solar radiation is converted to direct current and utilized by a load. 
  • How to minimize electricity use and understand an electric bill. 
  • Design and develop a solar array model that will power their home. 
  • Design challenge-modify their home array to meet the expanded needs of a farm, small business, or electric vehicle charging station.

Youth will visit labs that are conducting cutting edge renewable energy research, renewable energy companies that think outside the box, and farms that are using renewable energy to remain profitable. This interactive camp will engage youth in experiments, questions and conversations focused on the application of solar radiation into electricity. Camp will culminate with teams of youth designing solutions for incorporating solar energy into real-life applications. 

Who Should Attend?

Youth, 13-15 years of age (as of January 1, 2020) with basic knowledge of electricity and who are interested in exploring the application, research and opportunities in the field of solar energy. 

Where and When: 

Camp begins with check-in on Monday, July 6, 2020, from noon to 1 p.m. and ends on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. Lodging is at Shaw Hall on the campus of Michigan State University. The camp will take place both on and off campus. 

How do I apply?

Online applications will be available on April 22, 2020 Questions? Please contact Insa Raymond at or at 517-439-9301.

What is the cost?

The cost to attend this five-day camp is just $280.00 ($300.00 for youth who are not 4-H members) Non 4-H members will need to sign up for 4-H at and include the $20.00 4-H fee with their registration. The cost includes all meals, transportation to field trips, lodging and materials.

Registration Deadlines: 

  • Application process is online. Applications must be received by May 27, 2020. 
  • Youth will be notified of acceptance by email on or before June 3, 2020. 
  • Payment is due by June 10, 2020. 

To learn about the outcomes and impacts this camp has on young people review the one-page 2018 Impact Summary


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4-H Renewable Energy Camp Program Handbook of MSU Operational Requirements 

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