AMES, Iowa-- The Iowa 4-H Center will offer weeklong day camps this summer, each with its own theme. Child-centered themes include topics such as dinosaurs, pirates and swimming.
Traci Haselhuhn, Iowa 4-H Center program specialist, said, “Attending a week of day camp is a great way for youngsters to experience summer camp during the day, but return home each night. It makes an easier transition to an overnight camp in the future.”
The themed camps begin June 7 for all children 6 to 10 years old. Children need not be in 4-H to attend.
“Day camp at the Iowa 4-H Center is the perfect alternative to day care for active youngsters who want to be outside exploring, learning and meeting new friends all summer," said Haselhuhn.
A trip to the Blank Park Zoo at the end of the week in the Wild Things day camp (June 26-30) will let youth see all the animals they've studied during the week. Children also will be able to feed farm animals, work on animal crafts and learn to track animals around the camp while enjoying other traditional camp activities.
Campers will learn about extinct animals -- the dinosaurs -- in the Dig Those Dinosaurs day camp June 7-9. Children can explore the world of prehistoric animals, learning how they lived and their various sizes. A fossil dig is also planned.
Rainforest Safari day camp runs July 24-28, and lets youth make their own chewing gum, try exotic fruits and make tie-dye snakes and giant butterflies.
Hot summer days will feature Splish Splash day camp July 17-21, with basic swimming lessons every day as well as bubble art, canoeing, creek stomping and water games. The 4-H Center also has a new water slide for extra fun.
On The Go day camp July 31 to August 4 lets campers check out different modes of transportation, fly on a zip line, launch rockets and end the week with a real train ride.
Transportation to and from camp is available. Iowa State University vans can pick up children in Boone, Madrid, Ames or Ankeny each morning and return them each afternoon.
A Day Camp Open House is scheduled for Monday, June 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Iowa 4-H Center for campers and their families to meet the staff and take a camp tour.
Costs vary from camp to camp but youth registering for more than one week will receive a $10 discount for every additional week. A $25 deposit is required (per week) to reserve a spot in a camp and is applied to the total fee. Day camp fees include a morning and afternoon snack, a hot lunch and camp T-shirt.
For more information, see www.extension.iastate.edu/4hcenter or contact Traci Haselhuhn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-798-3338.