AMES, Iowa -- Iowa youth can register now for fun-filled camps at the Iowa 4-H Center. Early registration also nets a discount until April 15.
The 2005 "Be More With The Four" camp sessions last from two to seven days and run June 5 to Aug. 6. Campers need not be 4-H members.
Ten new camps offer time to pursue special interests as well as activities such as swimming, creek stomping, climbing or archery.
One new camp, Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Us, runs June 5 to 12 and July 10 to 16, turning 10- to 13-year-olds into nature detectives who learn animal habitats, track animals (even at night with black lights), catch critters and visit a zoo.
Beginning crime scene investigators (ages 10 to 12) can hone their skills July 24 to 30 during Mystery Mayhem. Campers will test evidence and work together to solve the case.
First-time campers (ages 7 to 9) will find My First Overnight Camp packed with campfire cooking, a wagon ride, crafts, swimming and a splash in the creek. Little campers stay one night and two days June 9 to 10 or June 16 to 17 in a caring, supportive environment created by youth development professionals.
A proven favorite, Un-Camp returns for 12- to 16-year-olds who like the unexpected (ice cream for breakfast, late nights with a movie and pizza, a Ledges State Park barbeque). Nine sessions run one per week June 5 to Aug. 6.
Shooting sports enthusiasts can choose June 26 to July 2 (ages 11 to 14) or July 24 to 30 (ages 13 to 16) for such events as shooting hoops, bow and arrow shooting, aiming water balloon launchers, shooting off rockets and practicing with sling shots. They'll also target practice with air rifles and learn to skeet shoot.
The Iowa 4-H Center is accredited by the American Camping Association. Iowa State University Extension staff members conduct the sessions with the help of other youth development professionals and students. For more information, phone the center at (515) 795-3338, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4hcenter.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com