The University of ArizonaCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences

James 4-H Camp at Mingus Springs


Photo of a creek at the James 4-H Camp


Through a number of generous donations, the Arizona 4-H Program is pleased to have been given the opportunity to purchase and operate its own 4-H Camping facility, the only one of its kind in the state.

The Harold and Mitzie James 4-H Camp & Outdoor Learning Center is surrounded by magnificent vistas, valleys, and meadows on 55 acres of unspoiled Ponderosa Pine forest. From our pond to the forest, The James 4-H Camp is a breathtaking location that will exceed your expectations.

Schools, universities, governmental, religious and special interest organizations have found the isolation and beautiful surroundings ideal for many types of programs, just 45 minutes from Prescott, AZ and 2 hours from Phoenix.

The camp offers modern facilities that are clean and comfortable. The 100 bed camp has modern heated cabins with restrooms and shower facilities easily accessible. We offer a spacious dining hall, patio, fire pit and various activity areas for programming and a spacious lawn for play and learning. The health center is centrally located and all staff are CPR/First Aid certified and have passed federal and state background checks.

The 4-H Program, traditionally grounded in university and research-based learning, allows youth to reach their full potential through experiential learning, leadership and life skill building. 4-H Camping is cooperative group living in a natural environment that focuses on hands-on learning and developing life skills by providing a framework for mentoring and role modeling. At camp youth learn how to take care of themselves and become more independent while enjoying a variety of classes and socializing with peers, teen leaders and adults from differing backgrounds.

4-H Camping Programs have the unique opportunity to reach a variety of audiences, bringing together those from limited income, underserved families as well as those with access to a variety of services; youth living in both urban and rural areas; and those who participate in other aspects of 4-H in a club or school enrichment activity.


Statewide 4-H Camp - July 9 - 13,  2017

Camp will soon be here! Camp will be held this year in the cool, tall pines of Mingus Mountain near Prescott. 4-H Camp is open to all 4-H members, ages 9 to 19. The Camp Committee is planning the program which will include variety of activities. Swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, archery, nature hikes, campfires, camp skills, gun safety, new games, sing-a-longs, and MORE!!!

Because of the popularity of Camp, and the limited space, applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis and limited to 80 spots. We anticipate filling all 80 camper slots very quickly. For this reason, camp applications will be for 4-H members only unless space permits. Applications will be placed on a first come basis.

Early Bird Rate the cost for Camp will be $240.00 for the first member of the family, and $220.00 for each additional member, for the five-day event. Because of the popularity of Camp, and the limited space, applications will be taken on a first come, first serve basis and limited to 80 spots. We anticipate filling all 80 camper slots very quickly.

After May 15th, rate goes up to $265.00 for ALL, NO DISCOUNTS Camp applications MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, JUNE 23rd 2017 at the Mohave County Extension Office, 101 E. Beale Street, Suite A, Kingman, AZ 86401. Applications are online! Start Planning NOW, it's going to be a GREAT summer!!!!

Registration information

For more information contact Gerald Olson (link sends e-mail).


Facility Rental

Smiling 4-H campers at James 4-H camp

We are taking reservations for the summer and fall of 2017.

We have a wide variety of options available from a simple weekend program to multi-week stays. Whether it’s a corporate retreat, youth development program, special needs camp or other use, we work diligently with your group from start to end to make sure you’re getting the experience of a lifetime!

The best time of year on Mingus Mountain is generally April – October.  It is our goal to accommodate the needs of all groups interested in camping at the James 4-H Camp at Mingus Springs.

Complete a contact via email to Adam Yarnes to reserve your spot! Adam can also provide you with information about our camping season rates.

Adam Yarnes
Program Coordinator, Senior
928-445-6590 ext 242



Camp History

Camp Outdoor Learning Center sign

From its earliest iteration as a residential camp, the spirit of Mingus Springs Camp embodied positive interaction with the natural world. It has since inspired many groups and organizations with similar mission to enjoy and appreciate the space within and surrounding the camp as it is conceptualized today.

The earliest buildings on the Mingus Springs Camp property date from 1899 when several prospectors patented 25 contiguous claims of over 500 acres along Ash Creek. The land was conveyed to the state for back taxes and sold twice before it became a summer camp in June, 1950.

In 1956 a 17,000 acre fire burned a great deal of Mingus Mountain. As camp life centered on horseback riding and hiking, and many trails and favorite places had been damaged by the fire, the owners decided to close the camp after the 1957 season and it remained closed until 1968. In 1968 Dr. Henry Dahlberg and the Dahlberg Foundation decided to purchase the Mingus Springs property for $75,000 to again rebuild a camping program.

The Easter Seal Society was the first user in 1969 and spearheaded much of the fundraising to develop the camp. During the seven years that they were at Mingus Springs, the bathhouse and cook's cabin were built, the dining hall was expanded and additions were made to the kitchen, Anasazi and Havasu cabins. Improvements have been continuous over the years. Mohave Cabin was added in 1982; all underground utilities were replaced in 2001. The pump house and power house were added in the '70s and '80s. The dining hall deck and southern addition were constructed in the past decade and the kitchen break room was built in 2004. And almost everyone has offered ways to "give back to the mountain" by building gabions and one-rock dams, raking pine needles away from buildings and other conservation and fire prevention activities. Today, donations are graciously accepted for a variety of sponsorships and facilities.

Camp cabin

During its time as a camp, the facility has been used as an outdoor learning space by a number of groups and organizations, many of whom have camped at Mingus Springs for a number of summers. A variety of on-going natural resources research projects sponsored by the Dahlberg Foundation and other donors are continuing in an effort to support conservation and resource management. There are miles of hiking trails, meadows and forests, extensive riparian areas and a two-acre pond. More traditional recreational facilities include softball, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, fishing, swimming, Frisbee golf, orienteering and a challenge course.

Today Mingus Springs provides a spectacular arena for outdoor learning. With its rich history and focus on camping and program collaboration, Mingus Springs is an ideal location for groups to meet, host workshops, learn about and experience the natural world as well as participate in the essence of leadership and research. The Arizona 4-H Program is excited and honored to have the opportunity to continue offering these experiences to youth and adults in the spirit of the camp's history, the 4-H Program values, and the Cooperative Extension mission and vision.