Fun at Anita Alta

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Up in the mountains of western Caldwell County there is land that was once owned by Daniel Boone’s brother Isaac. In  1975, the owner of the land at that time donated the land to North Carolina 4-H to use as a 4-H camp. The name Anita Alta Camp came from the names of the two daughters of the couple who donated the land for the camp. Anita Alta 4-H Camp provided a true rustic camping experience for all those who came to camp there. Campers learned outdoorsman skills like hiking, canoeing, cooking meals over a fire, and much more. This camp remained a 4-H Outpost Camp until the 1990s. Currently the camp property is managed by the Blue Ridge Horsemans Association. Through this association, you may group camp on the property and enjoy horseback riding on the trails.

Each summer Caldwell County 4-H utilizes this camp for a week to have a 4-H day camp as part of the Summer Exploring program. We held this camp from June 12th-15th this year. This week of camp consisted of two age groups.

The 5-8 year old campers called “Cloverbuds” came Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cloverbuds were able to enjoy hiking, fishing, crafts, exploring the creek, canoeing, and horseback riding. Along with all the fun and games, the campers learned about insects, water quality, rocks, and fish. The highlights for the Cloverbud campers were canoeing and horseback riding.

The 9-13 year old campers  are called “Junior Campers”  and came  Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The junior campers enjoyed many of the same activities as the Cloverbud camp, but had more time for the activities and learn more in depth skills.

Junior campers in canoe

Canoe on the right front to back: Benjamin Joplin, EV McDaniel. Pyper Cable, Peyton Denning, Anna DeBeve, Nolan Wallace, London Wright Nick Chimento; Canoe on the left front to back: Emma Settlemyre, Alex Mabry, Jade Townsend, Milian Wright; Between the canoes: Charlie Godfrey

Along with learning about fish, rocks, water quality, and insects, the Junior campers learn about wildlife and trees found in North Carolina. The highlights for all the Junior campers were canoeing and being able to play in the creek at the end of each day of camp.

On the final day of camp for each age group, the campers enjoyed cooking a hot dog lunch over a campfire. It is a joy to continue to hear the laughs and see the smiles on kids faces as they enjoy a 4-H camp in the mountains of Caldwell County.

To find out how your child can participate in this camp next year or learn more about 4-H please call 828-757-1257 or email