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All About Camp – the Who, What and Where

Who are the 4-H Camp Timpoochee staff?

All 4-H Camp Timpoochee staff are members of the University of Florida/IFAS 4-H Youth Development team. We love working with youth and adults in an informal camp setting and we look forward to meeting you! 4-HCamp Timpoochee’s camp staff include a Camp Director, Assistant Director, housekeeping/kitchen and summer camp staff. Please read through the staff biographies and contact us with questions you may have about your interest in camp.

  • Ariel Danley, Camp Director

    Ariel Blanton has been the Resident Director of 4-H Camp Timpoochee since 2017. She began her camping career in 2010, where she took her first position as summer program staff at 4-H Camp Cherry Lake and fell in love with summer camp programs and the impact it makes on everyone who attends. She has since worked with multiple camping programs, both in the states and internationally. Ariel earned her bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Florida State University in Family and Child Sciences and her master’s degree in 2015 from Clemson University in Camp Management. Ariel believes wholeheartedly that #campismagic, diet coke is the sweet nectar of life, and there is a Disney movie quote for nearly every situation.

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  • Clair Norden, Assistant Camp Director

    Clair Norden has been dedicated to the Florida 4-H Camping program since 2019, when she accepted her first role at Camp Timpoochee as summer program staff and lead marine science educator. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2019 with her bachelor’s degree in marine sciences and sustainability studies. As Assistant Director, she has revamped the summer marine camp programs, designed and facilitates a marine science school field trip program, and sees to the daily operations of Camp Timpoochee. Though Clair neither attended camp nor participated in 4-H while growing up, since beginning her 4-H journey she has seen firsthand the value that both play in youth development. 4-H camps prepare youth to enter their adult lives and give them a healthy space to just be kids. Her passion for all things ocean education has grown to include summer camp and creating a positive environment for youth to grow, play, and thrive in. As a rule, Clair never goes anywhere without a book, her dog Josephine, a full water bottle, and a smile! 

What is 4-H Camp Timpoochee?

4-H Camp Timpoochee is a camp in Niceville, Florida, that is operated by University of Florida/IFAS and is located on the Choctawhatchee Bay. 4-H Camp Timpoochee was the first residential 4-H camping facility in Florida in 1926. It’s also the second oldest 4-H residential center in the nation, so we have a rich history here at Timpoochee! While much of the camp is UF owned, a portion of the camp is under lease from Eglin Air Force Base. Since 1926, thousands of 4-H members have participated in summer camp programs and state and local businesses and organizations have enjoyed retreats and trainings at camp. Its beautiful location provides waterfront access to the Choctawhatchee Bay and allows camp visitors to enjoy coastal Florida. Camp Timpoochee currently provides summer camp programs, facility rentals, and environmental education and marine science programs. Starting in Summer 2022, 4-H Camp Timpoochee is pleased to announce that all weeks of summer camp will be open to all youth, regardless of whether they are 4-H members yet. Our goal is to provide a summer camp experience to as many youths as possible, so we look forward to meeting many new faces in the upcoming years.

Where is 4-H Camp Timpoochee located?

4-H Camp Timpoochee is in Okaloosa County, FL at 4750 Timpoochee Lane, Niceville, FL, 32578. We are located directly on the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay and within minutes of the Emerald Coast beaches of Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Click below to see a camp map, which identifies the cabins, dining hall, health center, and other camp buildings. 

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