Amanda Royce, Carroll County 4-H manager, will be the new administrator for Barry Conservation 4-H Camp (BCC). She will take the reins for managing all camp operations from Larry Barker who has held the position since 2009 and recently retired.
When asked about her new role, Royce said, “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to be the next Barry Conservation 4-H Camp administrator. I have a passion for getting kids excited about the outdoors and I can’t wait to bring my ideas and energy to Barry Camp, while also continuing the great traditions and leadership that Larry Barker has established.”
Royce has worked with UNH Extension since 2012 as the program manager for Carroll County 4-H and brings over 12 years of experience managing experiential and outdoor programming for youth including camp leadership roles in Maine and Jackson, Wyoming. She holds a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education and recreation from Lyndon State College and a master’s degree in recreation management and policy from the University of New Hampshire.
Barry Conservation 4-H Camp has been run in partnership with N.H. Fish and Game since 2002. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, camp was cancelled in 2020 (but 40 families still participated in a Camp Out at Home event).
Camp provides a safe space for youth to challenge themselves, meet new friends and experience the beautiful outdoors of the North Country. Over 200 youth engage in a variety of outdoor activities at camp each year.
Royce looks forward to welcoming campers back for the 2021 season, which will operate with COVID-19 safety protocols in place (if camp must be cancelled, full refunds will be provided). Registration is now open; interested families can learn more about the upcoming season and access forms on our website.
2021 sessions include Shooting Sports, Fish Camp, Mini Camp, 4-H on the Wild Side, Hunter Education, North County Adventure and Junior Conservation Officer.
It is anticipated that in 2021 over 50% of campers will be supported with funding through “camperships,” thanks to generous donations by local and statewide partners.
Camp has been a special place for many — as one parent said in 2019 about her daughter’s time at BCC, “This was her first time away from home and she absolutely loved the whole summer camp experience! She came home with a different confidence about her and a few new friends! It is great to see her maturing and growing...What a difference a week can make at that age!”