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Day Camps at Iowa 4-H Center Are Great Alternative for Young Campers

Day Camp at the Iowa 4-H Center

5/8/2009

AMES, Iowa -- Summer is just around the corner and that means camp registration is right on its heels.  Not comfortable sending your child away for a whole week?  Day camps are a great alternative to enable the same camp experiences and the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid has a fantastic roster of programs to enjoy.

“Day Camp is a great option for 6- to10-year-old youth who want the camp experience without having to stay overnight. It is also a wonderful alternative to day care,” said Traci Haselhuhn, Iowa 4-H Center program specialist.

Each week of day camp revolves around a separate theme, such as Mystery Week, Mad Scientist, Color My World and International Week. The varied day camp focuses enable campers to experience nature, show their creativity, practice cooperation, gain self-confidence and make new friends.

The daily schedule involves activities based on the theme of the week plus swimming lessons, morning and afternoon snacks, rest time, a hot lunch, games and crafts. Youth can sign up to attend one week of day camp or all eight weeks.

“For the second year, we are offering three Day Camp Plus options for 8- to 10-year-olds to spend Friday night at camp after their week of day camp ends. Parents then come to camp Saturday morning to pick up their camper at our closing ceremonies. This helps bridge the transition from day camper to
overnight camper,” Haselhuhn said.

Eight weeks of day camp for 6- to 10-year-olds begin June 8. Each theme-based week is $135 per day camper. Day Camp Plus is $35 per weekend. Multiple week and 4-H member discounts are offered. A $30 deposit per week is required to
hold your spot. Some weeks are already filling up, so register soon.

The Iowa 4-H Center offers pick-up and drop-off at Brookside Park in Ames, the Herman Park Pavilion in Boone, North Creek Park in Ankeny and Edgewood Park in Madrid. Parents and campers can visit the Iowa 4-H Center for an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 3.

4-H membership is not required. For more information visit www.iowa4hcamp.com/summercamp or contact your Iowa State University Extension county office.

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

Caitlyn Miller, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, millercm@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu