4-H Tahoe Camp offers groups an economical retreat
Visitors can rent cabins, lodge on 32 acres along the shores of picturesque lake
In this era of downsizing and budget cuts, groups interested in holding conferences or retreats should consider reserving the Nevada 4-H Camp on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
The camp, operated by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, allows organizations to hold conferences in a quiet, picturesque setting at a fraction of what it costs to meet at a hotel or resort.
The camp on the Nevada side of Tahoe’s south shore includes 14 individual cabins as well as a new solar-powered lodge that can house up to 56 people. All told, the camp can accommodate as many as 224 campers in the summer and about 70 in the winter.
The eco-friendly lodge, opened in July 2006, was built under the strictest environmental rules and "green" building guidelines, making it cool in the summer and warm in winter. Photovoltaic panels convert sunlight into energy, and unused power is sold back to the power company.
The camp offers a variety of activities throughout the year, including hiking and kayaking in the summer, and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Along with classic outdoor activities, groups can make arrangements with camp staff for a special leadership challenge low-ropes course. Other team-building activities can also be arranged through camp manager Travis Lee.
Although the Nevada 4-H Camp gives reservation preference to 4-H members, children with disabilities and Nevada youth, groups of any size can reserve the camp. Minimum charges are less in the winter than in the summer.
Lee said several organizations have benefitted from retreats to Nevada 4-H camp.
"The programs are basically something you get at a typical conference, but in a rustic setting," Lee said. "The activities open up a lot of communication issues and allow managers to understand what it means to lead a team."
The camp provides meal plans upon request but groups can also prepare their own meals and use the camp kitchen and dining hall facilities for a nominal, per-person fee. The camp also has an outdoor amphitheater seating up to 200 and 350 feet of beach.
The 4-H Camp opened in 1939, one year after Mr. and Mrs. William Rabe sold the land to the Nevada Farm Bureau to establish a camp to benefit Nevada children.
Lee said Nevada 4-H Camp’s location sets it apart from many conference and camping facilities.
"We’re right there at the bottom of the (Heavenly) ski resort, so people can come to the camp and also take a couple ski trips," Lee said.
The camp boasts a diverse combination of forest, meadow and beach ecosystems stretching over 32 acres.
Anyone interested should call Lee at (775) 588-6943 for rates and availability. Members of the public can host work retreats, weddings or family reunions throughout the year.