Immersion in Wellness Camp Experience
Iowa 4-H Center offers ‘Immersion in Wellness’ camp experience
During summer 2013 Iowa 4-H Center Resident camp and Counselors in Training campers have the opportunity to experience ‘Immersion in Wellness’.
Campers enrolled in either camp are encouraged to enroll in a research study conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Select weeks of Everything Camp and Counselors in Training (CIT) will engage in a variety of wellness learning activities (nutrition, gardening, culinary science, physical activity, health-promoting environment –details outlined below), whereas the remaining weeks of camp will take part in the traditional camp experience.
Immersion in Nutrition Education. Each day, campers will experience a nutrition education station. Example topics to be addressed include:
- Hero Fat vs. Villain Fat
- Portion Distortion
- Basic gardening skills
- Garden maintenance
Immersion in Culinary Skills. To extend the garden experience, culinary skills will be incorporated into the campers’ daily schedule. Campers will not only assist with harvesting food from the garden, but with the preparation of these foods as part of the camp meals. Culinary experiences will include:
- Food safety principles
- Knife skills – dicing, chopping, slicing
- Recipe adaptations/seasonal foods
Immersion in Physical Activity. The Iowa 4-H Center provides a number of structured and unstructured opportunities for physical activity. The daily resident camp schedule includes two and one-half hours each morning of structured camp program activities as well as one hour of free swim and two hours of unstructured camp activities (cabin choice) in the afternoon. Activities available include:
- High ropes and zip line
- GPS navigated hikes/scavenger hunts and obstacle challenge course
- Canoeing and kayaking
NEW for the 2012 summer – an inverted climbing wall at the swimming pool!
Immersion in a Health Promoting Environment. Camp menus will be revised to incorporate more healthful options and provide opportunities for campers to fine-tune newly acquired culinary skills by assisting with the preparation of various meal items. The camp store will highlight and promote more healthful snack options for the campers.
How to Register
To be eligble for the research project campers must enroll in Resident Camp (ages 8-16) or Counselor-in-Training fieldwork (ages 16-17) for one of the following sessions:
Week 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
(weeks 1 & 2 are not included)
Campers enrolling in the study will have the opportunity to receive up to a $65 camper scholarship. To receive the camper scholarship the camper must:
- Complete surveys prior to attending camp;
- Attend and participate in camp activities;
- Complete surveys at the end of camp week; and
- Complete surveys six months after the camp experience.
Important Forms to Review
To enroll in the ‘Immersion in Wellness’ research project:
READ FIRST: Immersion in Wellness Cover Letter
Older youth (16+) : Both youth and parent must sign and return the ‘Older Youth Assent Parent Consent’ form
Younger youth (8-15) – Parent must sign and return the ‘Older Youth Assent Parent Consent’ form & Youth must sign and return the ‘Younger Youth Assent’ form