AMES, Iowa-- It's never too early to start thinking about summer and 4-H is now offering a discount to those who sign up by April 15 at the Iowa 4-H Center for summer camps.
When signing up for the early registration discount, parents/guardians must turn in a camp registration and a $50 deposit to be received or postmarked by April 15. A $10 discount will be applied for week-long camps and a $5 discount for half-week camps.
This year's theme is "Just 4 You" and will have camps for all ages and interests. The camps run June 11 to August 5 with most camps lasting two to six days. Campers need not be 4-H members to enroll.
Some camps specialize in certain special interest activities as well as traditional swimming, canoeing and marshmallow roasting. Others offer a little bit of everything the 4-H Center has to offer -- these Everything Camps (for ages 8 to 16) range from one to two weeks and are available throughout the summer.
Climb to new heights of fun with the Little Wall Climbers camp for ages 8 to 10 and High Adventure camp for ages 10 to 12. Both are offered several times throughout the summer. The Vertical Challenge camp for ages 13 to 16 is offered June 18 to 24. Campers will practice climbing on the 4-H Center's own 50-foot climbing tower and learn proper rope, harness and helmet procedures from professionally trained ropes staff.
The Up All Night Camp is a teenager's dream with night hikes and climbs allowing campers to stay up later each night and sleep in each day. There also will be a one-night excursion to Des Moines to visit such nightlife venues as an emergency room, a radio station and a bakery. This camp (for ages 13 to 16) is July 23 to 29.
For horse lovers, there is the Trailblazers Camp (June 11-17 and July 9-15) for ages 10 to 12 and the Horse'n Around Camp (June 25-July 1 or July 16-22) for ages 12 to 15. Both camps will offer horse grooming, riding position, horse science and stable management.
Technomania Camp offers kids ages 9 to 12 a break from the summer routine, a chance to launch three types of rockets, experiment with robots and work with DNA extraction kits. The camp also offers swimming, campfires and hiking from June 18 to 21 and July 18 to 21.
The Iowa 4-H Center is accredited by the American Camping Association. Accreditation is voluntary, meaning the camp is committed to best practices. 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 /4hcenter.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com