4-H Camp Poinsett: Camper Guide Back »

Greetings From 4-H Camp Poinsett!

We are excited to have you joining us at 4-H Camp Poinsett this summer. Here is your one stop shop of information for 4-H Camp Poinsett. Please read over the following information so that you know what’s going on.


Camper Packing List
Please label your personal belongings! It helps to identify items in the lost and found and get them returned to you in case they are forgotten!

  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
  • Towel
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket
  • Extra Shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Insect Repellant & Sunscreen
  • Bathroom Items
  • Warm & Cool Clothing
  • Swimming Suit & Sandals for beach
  • No more than $20 for Camp Store

Do Not Bring
Electronics (radios, Nintendo DS, cell phones, ipods, video games, cds, mp3 players, walkie talkies, etc), valuables or other unnecessary items. It would be a disappointment if they were broken, ruined, or lost at camp. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Getting There

Arrival & Departure

  • Arrival Time
    Check-in will begin at 2:00 p.m. (CST). Please wait to arrive until 2:00 p.m., as our staff will be preparing for your arrival prior to check-in.
  • Departure Time
    Our camp session will come to a close at 10:00 a.m. on your last day of camp. Those designated to pick up youth will need to meet with SDSU Extension staff to sign the youth out of camp before leaving the premises. We ask that all youth be picked up by 10:30 a.m.

Camp Poinsett is located on Highway 81 approximately 12 miles north of Arlington. From Highway 81: Turn East on S. Lake Drive. Travel approximately 2 miles and camp is located on the North side of the road. The Address for Camp Poinsett is: 20 S Lake Drive, Arlington, SD 57212.


Camp Overview

Our staff primarily includes high school and college aged individuals who serve as counselors. SDSU Extension staff will also be present during camp. If you would like to contact staff, please connect with your local 4-H Youth Program Advisor or the contact information at the end of this page.

Camp Store
There is a camp store at Lake Poinsett with snacks, pop, and camp memorabilia. If campers would like to bring money for the store, this money will be turned in to a Lake Poinsett staff member at registration.  Each camper bringing money will have a “credit account” at the store (a card listing their amount and staff will be subtracting after any purchases). Remaining funds will be returned to the camper at check out.  Any money brought to camp should be turned in at registration. Please send no more than $20 per child. Food and drinks are not allowed in sleeping cabins due to allergies and camp rules.

Camp Mail
If someone wishes to write to youth at camp, the address is:

       Camper Name
       % 4-H Camp
       Lake Poinsett Camp
       20 S. Lake Drive
       Arlington, SD 57212

Health & Safety

Health History, Medications, & Dietary Concerns

  • 4-H Member Health History
    Campers health information will accessed through 4-H Online. Please review your campers health information in 4-H Online to make sure that it is accurate. Please have any changes made by May 1, 2017.
  • Non-4-H Camper Health History
    Youth who are attending camp that are not 4-H members will fill out the health questions during registration.
  • Medications
    All medications will be turned into the Camp Health Staff during check-in. Exceptions are made for any life-threatening conditions or with a doctor’s note directing the need for it to be on the camper.
  • Dietary Concerns
    To help us make your stay more comfortable, we would like to be prepared for you. If you have special dietary concerns or food allergies, please make sure that it is noted in 4-H Online by May 1, 2017. 


  • Emergency Contacts
    4-H Camp Poinsett is staffed with a qualified health care professional who is available 24 hours a day. If there is an emergency or serious illness, parents will be notified by camp staff. Please make sure to fill out emergency contacts with phone numbers on 4-H Online.
  • Severe Weather
    Camp Poinsett staff monitor weather conditions carefully and move campers and guests to the designated storm shelter as needed. We will notify parents when appropriate, so please do not call camp during a storm so we can keep phone lines open and take care of our campers.

Contact Information 

For questions and concerns, please contact:

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