AMES, Iowa-- The early registration deadline of April 15 on summer camps offered by the Iowa 4-H Center is fast approaching. Registrations will remain open after the deadline but will not include the camp fee discount.
To obtain the early registration discount, parents must turn in a camp registration and a $50 deposit 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 begin June 11 and end August 5 with most camps being two to six days long. Campers need not be a 4-H member 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 with the Everything Camps that range from one to two weeks. These two camps are available throughout the summer and are designed for ages 8 to 16.
Learn to fly fish, spin cast fish and tie bugs in the Hook'n Lure camp for ages 12 to 14, from July 9 to 15. Kids also will learn about the natural history of many fish species and be able to fish from the waters edge and from a pontoon boat. Other activities include a night fish fry and swimming. Participants are asked to bring their own fishing pole and tackle.
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. Also included is a one-night excursion to Des Moines to experience the nightlife by visiting an emergency room, radio station, bakery and other late-night locations. This camp is for ages 13 to 16 and is July 23 to 29.
The Iowa 4-H Center is accredited by the American Camping Association. Accreditation is voluntary, which means the camp is committed to the 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 http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4hcenter.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, email@example.com