4-H Camp Financial Aid Available to Youth

AMES, Iowa--The Iowa 4-H Foundation is offering financial assistance to potential 4-H campers. Financial aid applications are available to youth otherwise financially unable to attend a day or residential camp at the Iowa 4-H Center.  The awards are open to all youth; applicants do not need to be 4-H club members to qualify.

“Every young person should have the opportunity to attend a camp at the Iowa 4-H Center,” said Abbie Parker, Iowa 4-H Center program specialist, “Camp is a unique experience that teaches independence, enhances skills and provides youth with a caring adult role model.  The Iowa 4-H Foundation awards give us the opportunity to welcome youth that we might otherwise not be able to meet.”

The application form is due March 1, 2011 and must include a written statement from the camper about why he or she wants to attend 4-H camp.  A second statement from a parent, guardian, 4-H leader or Extension staff member must explain the financial circumstance of the family.  A copy of the completed Camp Registration Form is required along with the financial assistance application and the two statements.

The Camp Registration Form includes prices for each camp session, payment information and camp discount possibilities.  The original copy of this form must be sent with a deposit to the Iowa 4-H Center by April 1. 

Visit the 4-H website to view more information about summer camps or to print copies of the Financial Assistance Application and Camp Registration Form.  The forms also are available at county ISU Extension offices.

Financial awards will be announced by March 25, which provides a minimum of one week for families to send their camp registrations.  

About the Iowa 4-H Center

The Iowa 4-H Center is an outdoor learning environment of 1,100 acres located in Boone County just 45 minutes north of Des Moines.  An American Camp Association accredited camp since 1954, the Iowa 4-H Center staff follows the 4-H model of “learning by doing” and draws on the knowledge base of Iowa State University.