Camp Ocala

Camp Ocala is a traditional camp and conference center, located on the shores of Sellers Lake in the Ocala National Forest. Camp Ocala is conveniently close to Juniper and Alexander Springs, and less than an hour from Daytona Beach and Ocala. Modern sleeping, dining and meeting facilities dot the picturesque landscape.

To schedule a tour or check availability, please email Sarah Whitfield at ocala4-h@ufl.edu or give us a call at (352) 759-2288.

For summer camp information, please contact your local 4-H Extension Agent, or click HERE for more information about our Gator Adventures Camp, open to all youth ages 8-13.

Camp Ocala is open to the public year-round and may be reserved for a variety of uses:

  • School field trips
  • Church retreats
  • Family reunions
  • Business meetings
  • Teacher In-service training
  • Civic Organizations
  • Athletic Groups
  • Weddings and more….

Camp Ocala can provide a number of opportunities including:

  • Cabins sleeping 220 (2 fully ADA accessible cabins)
  • A dining hall with meeting space seating 180
  • Conference rooms with capacities ranging from a boardroom seating 10 to a classroom building seating 60.
    • All meeting spaces and cabins are climate controlled
  • Audio/Visual Equipment available upon request
  • A sand volleyball court, several large playing fields, two outdoor pavilions, a large fire circle, a basketball gymnasium, and sports equipment available upon request
  • A variety of recreational activities including: kayaking and canoeing, archery, swimming, fishing, nature hikes, and two 20 passenger pontoon boats
    • All recreational activities include instruction and facilitation from a trained Camp Ocala staff member.
  • An interactive Nature Center, housing a variety of native fish, amphibians, and reptiles, complete with a small nature library, hands-on museum portion, and teaching room seating 25.
  • Areas for tent camping and two small fire rings.

Educational, Business, Family & Church Retreats

Camp Ocala limits distraction and is a perfect place for business or educational groups to “get away” and concentrate on the lessons at hand. The Camp’s meeting rooms are perfect for workshops and demonstrations. The dining hall, outdoor pavilion and other areas of the facility are ideal for lectures, guest speakers and group presentations and small group learning or brainstorming sessions.

Environmental Education

In addition to overnight camping, Camp Ocala also offers daytime field trips for school groups. The Environmental Education Program offers 1-3 day field trip experiences for youth in second grade through high school.

Programs at the Camp bring science to life in this living laboratory. Groups of “campers” observe, explore and interact with nature in an informal setting of experiential learning.
The 4-H Environmental Education Curriculum can serve as a guide for your outdoor experiences, or you can design your own.

Skills necessary for the careful use of our natural resources are taught during custom-designed programs in soil and water conservation, forest and wildlife ecology, and other environmental topics. Trained 4-H staff will design a hands-on learning experience for any age group. This natural setting is an excellent way to gain a better understanding of our natural world.

Camp Corral

Camp Corral

4-H Camp Ocala has served as a host site for the Camp Corral program since the summer of 2012.

From the Camp Corral website: Camp Corral is an amazing week of non-stop fun and excitement in the great outdoors for children (ages 8 to 15) of our military heroes. It’s for the children of brave soldiers who have been injured or fallen protecting our freedom, our way of life. Camp Corral is a wonderful chance for kids to share amazing adventures through boating, swimming, hiking, archery and doing just about everything you can do enjoying fresh air and nature. To learn more, please visit: http://campcorral.org/

Resident Director

Sarah Whitfield

Email:ocala4-h@ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 759-2288

Fax: (352) 759-2078

Address

18533 NFS 535
Altoona, Florida 32702

Directions to 4-H Camp Ocala

Google Map

Camp Ocala is located 4.5 miles south of the intersection of State Road 40 and 19, and 12 miles north of Altoona. Roadway signs indicate Fire Control Center on top and Camp Ocala on bottom. The Camp is located one-half mile west of SR 19. See the map for more details.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

“The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited basis apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-5382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” –USDA Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

US Forest Service Affiliation Statement

This institution is operated under special use permit with the Ocala National Forest.