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Summer Camps Filling at Iowa 4-H Center


AMES, Iowa-- It's still not too late to sign up for summer camps at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid. Camps run early June through mid-August and are open to non-4-H'ers and 4-H'ers alike.


Among the camps still open is Art Explorer camp (July30-Aug. 5). Youth ages 9 to 12 can experiment with different art forms and explore their creativity through such activities as tie-dyeing, basket weaving and clay molding.


Climbers young and old still have an array of climbing camp choices. Returning climbers will find that two more sides on the 50-foot climbing tower provide an extra challenge.


Climbing camps include Little Wall Climbers for ages 8 to 10 (beginners level includes first harness, tree-climing practice and climbing wall). Trained ropes staff supervise all activities.


High Adventure camp for intermediate climbers ages 10 to 12 includes teamwork to overcome obstacles, the zip line and ropes, harnesses and belay team.


Advanced climbers (ages 13 to 16) attend Vertical Challenge camp (June 18-24). Campers climb the 50-foot wall and rappel down. Activities also include flying down the zip line at night and trying the Cat Walk blindfolded.


For those who prefer tenting, the 4-H Center still has three choices open. First is X-treme Camp (July 16-22) for ages 11 to 14. Youth learn basic survival techniques, first aid, compass navigation and campfire building. Also included is an overnight stay on the banks of the Des Moines River after a canoe trip.


The second tenting choice is Farm Camp, for ages 9 to 11. It includes tending animals; making homemade jam, butter and candles; and outdoor-cooked meals from fresh farm produce. The third choice, Pioneer camp (July 23-29), for ages 10 to 12, lets youth live like pioneers, cooking meals over the campfire and making pioneer crafts, all with swimming, canoeing and horse rides too.


Late sleepers still can register for Up All Night camp (June 23-29), for ages 13 to 16. Youth gradually stay up later so they can sleep in later. Campers will go on night hikes, study the stars and visit nocturnal animals at the zoo. The campers also venture to Des Moines where they visit an emergency room, radio station, dairy farm, bakery and selected open-all-night locations.


For more information, see www.iowa4hcamp.com or contact Traci Haselhuhn at (515) 795-3338 or tracihd@iastate.edu.


Prices vary from camp to camp and some camps occur more than once over the summer. The Iowa 4-H Center is an American Camp Association accredited camp.



Contacts :
Traci Haselhuhn, Iowa 4-H Center, (515) 795-3338, tracihd@iastate.edu

Carol Ouverson, Extension Communication and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu