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We started Hokie BugCamp in 2012 to offer hands-on experiences to youth seeking to learn about insects and their arthropod relatives. Today we offer  camp sessions for youth ages 6 to 13.  Our plans are to eventually add camps for ages 14 to 18 and for children with autism. Registration is organized through collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension - Montgomery County 4-H.

Hokie BugCamp 2022 - Insect Collecting Sessions

In 2022, Hokie BugCamp will focus on one of the most popular components of entomology - collecting live insects! Sessions will be held at Heritage Park in Blacksburg on Friday July 8 at 10am-12pm and Saturday, July 9 from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. This activity, recommended for children ages 6-13 year old, is focused on the collection, identification, and pinning of insect specimens. Participants, who will need to register through our form below, will be supplied with insect collecting and pinning supplies during the event. They will then be able to take their specimens home. Optional camp boxes are also available for purchase through the registration form. These will cost $60 and will give your camper the supplies necessary to build a pinned insect collection. A “returning camper” box is also available for $35. These boxes will be available for pickup at the scheduled sessions and payment will be due at that time (cash or check).

Any individual that would like to participate in collecting and pinning activities must be registered. Campers must also be accompanied by an adult and supervised by that adult at all times during this activity.

Activities will be available online for those who cannot attend. We will also have activities available at the event for family, such as younger siblings.

If you have any questions, please contact Whitney Weaver –


Thank you to the New River Land Trust for partnering with us to host this year's Hokie BugCamps at Heritage Park!

In 2022, we will not have a camp solely focused on the 6-8 year old age group. We will be providing some fun and free activities online for all ages.

Our planned collection activities are recommended for the 6-13 year old age group, but we are not strictly holding to those ages.  If you think your child would be able to participate in this activity, please feel free to register. We will also have alternative activities on site for family members, such as younger siblings, that may be attending with registrants.

Hokie BugCamp Insect Collection sessions will take place on July 8 from 10am to 12pm and July 9 from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. These sessions are recommended for the 6-13 year old age group. The camp box that is available for purchase will provide the tools needed to start your camper's own pinned insect collection. Collections can then be entered into our 4-H insect collection contest at Hokie BugFest.

A camp for ages 14 to 18 is in the planning stages. Feedback from the public indicates camps for this age are lacking in the region. We are assessing when and if we can host such a camp in the future.

During the annual Hokie BugFest, we offer a preview of the event starting at 9:00 am for families with children with autism. We do this in partnership with the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research. We are in early talks with the faculty in the center to potentially organize a camp for children with autism at some point in the future.