Spring Volunteer Day at Iowa 4-H Center Is April 30

AMES, Iowa--The Iowa 4-H Center is hosting Spring Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 30. All ages are welcome to help spruce up the camping center and get it ready for another busy summer.

Projects for all ages and skill levels need to be tackled. Volunteers sign up for projects of their choice at the 9 a.m. continental breakfast in Linden Lodge, but are welcome to stay for morning, afternoon or all-day shifts. The Iowa 4-H Center also provides lunch for Spring Volunteer Day guests. Held rain or shine, projects will continue until 3 p.m. and include the following:

  • Getting buildings cleaned and ready for the season
  • Pulling weeds, planting flowers, raking
  • Helping distribute camp brochures
  • General camp clean-up
  • Cleaning the swimming pool
  • Trail clean-up
  • Staining and painting

Camp manager John Roosa said the Spring Volunteer Day is an opportunity to give the cabins a spring cleaning, prepare program areas for use, including the pool and climbing wall, and to improve overall lodge appearances.

“I think volunteers enjoy working that day because they get to see the results of their labor,” Roosa said. “Staining cabins, cleaning the swimming pool and making woodchips are just some of the jobs that provide immediate feedback to the workers. Much of the work we get done that day is determined by the weather, but we always have jobs available for volunteers, even if it snows.”

Linden Lodge is the location of Iowa 4-H Center’s staff offices, camp store, dining room, Farm Bureau meeting room and state-of-the-art kitchen. 4-H clubs are welcome to spend Friday or Saturday night in Birch or Hickory Villages for $7 per person.

To register, RSVP by April 29 by calling the camp office at 515-795-3338.

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.