4-H Camp Overlook

Overlook Cancels 2020 Summer Season

It is with a heavy heart that 4-H Camp Overlook announces it will not run for summer 2020.  It was not a decision made lightly, especially since this is our 75 year, but the health and safety of our campers and staff remain our number one deciding factor.  Camp Overlook is, and will remain, a special place to us in the North County.

A camp without hugs, a ropes course, swimming in the lake, blob tag, eating shoulder to shoulder at picnic tables, silly skits and talent show acts, a dance, or any one of the amazing traditions seemed unfathomable to us. We attempted to try each scenario and kept coming back to the realization that it wouldn’t be camp as we all know and love.  Social distancing at camp, with children, is an almost impossible task. As a mission driven organization, we felt it was impossible to meet the mission of camp while also safely managing a pandemic for campers and staff alike.

We have decided to focus our efforts on planning an unforgettable summer 2021, and beyond. While we are heartbroken, we remain encouraged and supported by our wider camp family. It is YOU who will get us through this incredibly hard time. We would love to see old camp photos, camp T-shirts new and old, a camp song sung at full volume, and campers getting outside this summer! It will remind us (and all of you) that the camp spirit lives on even when we are not physically at camp.

As many are aware we are offering full refunds, including deposit, to anyone who has already registered. While this will be financially devastating to Camp Overlook, it also seemed like the right thing to do for our camper families and our communities.  We will be contacting all our enrolled families in the upcoming weeks by phone to process refunds and appreciate your patience. There is an option to make a donation to cover our non-variable operating costs, including supporting our year-round employees who depend on their camp employment. If you chose to donation we are eternally grateful to you and your generosity to help us through this difficult summer. You can also reach out to us directly anytime at campoverlook@cornell.edu or 518.483.4769.

Thank you all for your unwavering support during this difficult time. Currently we are planning other programming options for campers. These options could include virtual camp programming, virtual campfires with camp songs and camp stories, and/or possible small group activities in person at camp later in the summer.  We are looking forward to hearing camp stories and photos from you, and planning an incredible summer 2021.



Casey Sukeforth – Camp Overlook Program Director – cls348@cornell.edu

Patrick Ames – Cornell Cooperative Extension St. Lawrence County – pta2@cornell.edu

Glen Butler – Camp Overlook Summer Camp Director – ghb58@cornell.edu

Coronavirus & Camp

Please see updated information here: https://4hcampoverlook.org/2020/05/17/overlook-cancels-2020-summer-season/


Dear Campers and Families,

Please know that 4-H Camp Overlook is committed to the well-being of each camper, family and staff member. We are in regular communication with our Covid-19 Team at Cornell University, along with the NY Department of Health office and the American Camp Association in regards to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, we are planning to be in full operation for Summer 2020. We are actively examining our arrival screenings, health response procedures, and cleaning procedures, ensuring that we meet or exceed standards required by the Department of Health. While we acknowledge that this is a constantly evolving situation, and everything is subject to change. The guidance that we have received indicates that the virus will be under control before the start of Summer Camp, and the school systems will not be extended into the summer season.

In order to help you register with confidence, we have updated our registration guidelines as follows;

  • If you have already registered and wish to exercise caution, contact our office (518.483.4769 or campoverlook@cornell.edu) about moving to a program later in the summer. We are working remotely but still here to answer all your questions!
  • Understanding that families need flexibility at this time, we are extending our scholarship deadline to May 1st, and final camp payments will be due June 15th.
  • In the event you need to cancel your registration due to a camper or immediate family member testing positive for Covid-19, you will receive a full refund (including deposit), with a doctors notification.
  • In the unlikely event that 4-H Camp Overlook (or the New York State Department of Health) makes the decision to cancel a session of camp, you will receive a full refund (including deposit) for that session.


For accurate information on how you can protect your family right now, we suggest resources found at NYS Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We are committed to keeping you updated of any changes in our plans, policies, or procedures. If you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact us at campoverlook@cornell.edu or 518.483.4769.  Please be aware that our employees have been given the option to work from home, so phone messages may take a little longer than usual for a response. Email may be a faster route for contacting us.

Thank you for your continued support of 4-H Camp Overlook! We look forward to an amazing summer and year. See you soon!



The Camp Overlook Team

Summer Camp Registration now open!

A photo that shows all campers jumping into the lake

To access our online application, sign in or create a bunk one account here! 

Need a bit of guidance using our online system? Follow the tips on our Online Registration page 

Want to learn about our summer camp activities? Click here!

We look forward to seeing you this summer! 

Do you have other questions not answered by our webpage? email us at campoverlook@cornell.edu or call our office at 518.483.4769

New Summer Camp Activities for 2020!

When you focus on the good, the good gets better - new activities for 2020

Check out our activities for Summer Camp 2020!  We have 3 new classes, as well as 2 favorites we have brought back by popular demand!

New for 2020:

Making MacGyver – solve problems with seemingly random objects…and finish the week with an escape room type challenge!

Dance – Move to the music in an amazing new dance class!

Zoonotic – Get your science on and study small creatures who make a BIG impact!


Plus, back by popular demand:

Drama & Advanced Fishing!


For a full list, visit: https://4hcampoverlook.org/summer2020/2020-summer-camp-activities/


Reminder! Summer Camp registration opens February 1st! See you then!

Dates and Rates for 2020

Summer Camp Registration Opens February 1st!

Mark your calendars!  Summer camp registration opens February 1st!  At that point our online registration portal, Bunk1, will be open. Please click the link below to view more information and to register (after Feb 1st!)

Summer 2020

Now hiring for summer 2020!

Employment applications are now open for summer 2020! For more information, and to apply, click the link below!


Health History and Immunizations update

Dear Camper Families
As of June 13, 2019, the New York State Legislature passed, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a major update to Public Health Law 2164 which only allows for medical exemptions from immunizations only. Accordingly, Cornell Cooperative Extension/4H Day and Overnight camps will no longer be able to accept any exemption other than a doctor issued medical exemption for vaccinations to help ensure public health and safety.

The health and safety of our campers is our number one priority.  If you have any questions, or need to submit updated records, please reach out to us at camp directly at 518.483.4769 or email campoverlook@cornell.edu.

Enrollment Update – 2019

Our summer continues to fill fast!  Do not delay in enrolling – you might miss out on a great summer!

Alpine Adventures 1 – FULL

Week 4 (Girls) – FULL

All of our other weeks are MORE than half full – and filling much quicker than previous summers!

We are so excited to see everyone in a few short months! If you have not registered, you can do so online HERE

Scholarship Applications are due April 15th!

Scholarship applications for Summer 2019 are due April 15th. For more information on scholarships and how to apply, please visit our scholarship page, or call our office at 518.483.4769

We hope to see you this summer!