Have Fun, Learn and Make Friends at 4-H Camp this Summer

Have Fun, Learn and Make Friends at 4-H Camp this Summer

 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.

Statewide themed camps

Young people in grades 5-8 in the 2013-14 school year have four special-themed 4-H camps designed especially for them. These statewide camps will be held at the 4-H Center near Madrid. While learning about the special theme of the camp, campers will live in a camp community for five days and four nights, enjoying traditional camp favorites like swimming, canoeing, hiking, climbing and campfires.
Bill Beckley, Iowa 4-H camping program specialist, said Iowa State University faculty will enrich the campers’ experience. “Iowa State researchers and faculty are contributing to the educational components of the camps so middle school youth can have in-depth experiences with the topics,” he said. “At the same time campers will enjoy all the aspects of camp – the outdoors, recreation and social interactions.”

  • State 4-H Leadership Camp, June 14-18 – Strengthen skills in team building, group leadership and community leadership – then return home and put it into practice in your community.
  • 4-H Veterinary and Animal Science Camp, June 28 – July 2 – Dig deeper by observing animals, learning about normal animal behavior, and applying what you learn. Get on track for a career in animal or veterinary science.
  • 4-H STEM Catalysts Camp, July 6-10 – Become a catalyst for change by exploring robotics, alternative energies and science of motion; see how science and technology are used in nature and everyday life. Explore STEM related careers.
  • 4-H Healthy, Green and Growing Camp, August 2-6 – Make healthy lifestyle choices like using fresh fruits and vegetables and getting regular exercise by learning about sustainable gardening practices and how to prepare fresh produce.

Registration for the camps will open in March. Watch the 4-H camping website www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/camping for registration information and more details about the camps.
4-H camp activities are led and supervised by ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H staff along with trained adult and teen volunteers. 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.

Contacts :
Bill Beckley, 4-H camping program specialist


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