AMES, Iowa — Adventures in nature are only part of the experiences young people will have this summer at 4-H camps offered by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H program. Regional and county-led camps held locally and a variety of camps at the 4-H Center near Madrid will give campers a chance to have fun, make friends and learn.
“4-H camp is like a learning laboratory where kids get to explore the outdoors, and be creative and active,” said Bill Beckley, Iowa 4-H camping program specialist. “Kids can enjoy nature in a safe environment at 4-H camp.”
Four special-themed 4-H camps for young people in grades 5-8 in the 2013-14 school year will be held at the 4-H Center near Madrid. Youth attending the statewide camps will learn about the special theme of the camp, live in a camp community for five days and four nights, and enjoy traditional camp favorites like swimming, canoeing, hiking, climbing and campfires.
Iowa State University faculty will enrich the campers’ experience by contributing to the educational components of the camps. “The contributions of Iowa State researchers and faculty will give middle school youth in-depth experiences with the camp topics,” Beckley said. “At the same time campers will enjoy all the aspects of camp – the outdoors, recreation and social interactions.” Camp activities are led and supervised by Iowa State 4-H staff and trained adult and teen volunteers.
The camps are open to students in grades 5 – 8; 4-H membership is not required. Registration for the statewide camps can be made online at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/camping.
The fee for each session (five days/four nights) is $240, which includes all meals, lodging and special programming costs. Additional information about themed camps is available on the camping website as State Camp FAQs. Contact Bill Beckley at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about registration and for more camp session information.
Applications also are being taken for college-age students who would like to work at 4-H camps this summer. Information about the jobs available at the Iowa 4-H Center is found at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/camping.
Like all 4-H programs, Iowa 4-H camping is focused on the 4-H outcomes of developing productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders and successful learners. Visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/camping to learn more about the Iowa 4-H Camping program.