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Dorothy P Flint

Dorothy P. Flint

History and Mission

Welcome to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County

Since 1914 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE-Nassau) has responded to the needs of residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.

The mission of Cooperative Extension is to enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. Extension staff and trained volunteers deliver education programs, conduct applied research, and encourage community collaborations. Our educators connect people with the information they need on topics such as home horticulture; food and nutrition; positive activities for youth and families; finances; energy efficiency; economic and community development; and sustainable natural resources. Our ability to match university resources with community needs helps us play a vital role in the lives of individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Nassau County.

Dorothy P. Flint, a 4-H agent, established the 4-H camp in 1924 by setting up tents along Lake Panamoqua. Her program expanded, relocated to Wildwood State Park in 1928 and later, when the park ended public camping, found a permanent home here on Sound Avenue where 40 acres grew into 140, a girls and boys side of bunk houses and wash houses were built, and the farm was established, nestled in the center of camp activities.

The Dorothy P. Flint Nassau County 4-H Camp is still located on those 140 acres of woodland, farmland, and beach front adjacent to the Long Island Sound. This natural setting includes the 40-acre work-and-learn farm, low and high ropes challenge course, nature center, indoor horseback riding arena, riding trails, meeting spaces and open areas for recreation. Children are provided with an atmosphere which fosters independence, leadership development, respect, tolerance, and positive self-esteem while having fun and making new friends.

Our staff is dedicated to the social development of our campers. Our communal living environment fosters independence while creating friendships that will last a lifetime. The social capital our campers gain from camp set them up for personal success in the future. This community also prides itself on its social diversity and acceptance of others. We are a safe space community truly dedicated to fostering youth development and betterment.

Last updated November 18, 2022