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Adventure into the X-Treme at Summer Camps

kids in canoes


AMES, Iowa – Campers can explore the outdoors to the extreme during the 2007 summer season at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid in Boone County.

Dubbed X-Treme camps, these sessions offer flexible schedules, smaller-sized groups and an opportunity to explore the 4-H Center’s naturally beautiful grounds, according to Traci Haselhuhn, camp program director. With a 4 to 1 camper-to-staff ratio, the sessions go to the extreme in each specialty area.

Haselhuhn said the Iowa 4-H Center is open for use by all youth and adults through its sponsors, the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Hands-on learning, group activities and outdoor physical exercise are basic to the 4-H pledge to devote head, heart, hand and health to better living for all.

The Gone Fishin’ and Hook ‘n Lure camps offer 10- to 15-year-olds fishing trips, a Friday night fish fry and learning in fishing basics, water safety and water ecology. Campers also can join in swimming, archery and campfires.

Pioneer Camp offers 10- to 12-year-olds a chance to live in the Wild West, living in screened tents, cooking meals over an open fire and hitching a team of horses. Camp also includes pioneer games, swimming, archery and creek walks.

Those looking for a hands-on, hands-dirty good time can check out the Farm Camp. This extreme camp features sleeping in tents, tending to livestock, cooking meals, learning to make jam and candles, swimming, creek walking, and visiting a local dairy. The Farm Camp is a week long adventure for campers ages 9 to 11.

Pack ‘n Paddle campers are ages 11 to 14 and go deep into the camp wilderness and spend nights in tents. They learn how to pack a backpack, administer wilderness first aid, canoe on the river, and navigate with GPS. They also join in shooting sports, camp on the river banks and go fishing.

For more information and dates on the Iowa 4-H Center’s X-Treme camps, visit www.iowa4hcamp.com or contact Traci Haselhuhn at tracidh@iastate.edu. For other information regarding the 4-H Center, contact the office at (515)795-3338 or 4hcentermail@iastate.edu and request an informational CD.

Contacts :
Traci Haselhuhn, Iowa 4-H Center, (515) 795-3338, tracidh@iastate.edu
Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu