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Weekend Camps Create Family Memories


Ames, Iowa--- The Iowa 4-H Center has two camps that encourage family time, in fact require it.  For a weekend during the summer, parents and children are invited to spend the night and make some memories.

“Families are able to come to camp and escape the normal routine of life. They get the opportunity to explore new things while strengthening their relationships,” explained Abbie Parker, Iowa 4-H Center program specialist.

The two camps, Girls Night Out and Dad & Me, are each tailored towards parents and children, but you don’t have to be a parent to attend.  Mentors, grandparents and other extended family members above 18-years old are welcome to attend with a child.

Girls Night Out

This is a weekend getaway for the girls.  Girls ages 7 and up are invited with their mothers or someone like mom to relax for a few days at camp.  They are invited to enjoy a spa event, crafts, campfires, swimming, cooking, archery and teatime.  This camp is held June 19- 20.

Dad & Me

This camp is for dads (or grandpas, uncles, etc.) and their sons or daughters ages 6-11.  They are invited to experience a weekend together at camp enjoying the climbing tower, swimming, archery, nature hike, campfire, outdoor cooking, creek walk and leather crafts.  This camp is held the weekend of July 10-11.

Annette Brown, a 4-H mom, and her daughters attend the ‘Girls Night Out’ camp yearly.  Brown credits the weekend away for providing time together away from the usual household and weekend tasks.

“You get to bond doing things together that we usually wouldn’t do at home, like the climbing wall or canoeing,” said Carissa Brown, Annette’s daughter.  “Kids and parents get to know the camp and learn that it is a safe place and a great place to go to camp to do lots of fun things.”

The Brown family has a definite passion for 4-H Camp.  They all have developed great relationships with camp staff over the years and feel very at home at camp.

“I like ‘Girls Night Out’ because I get to spend time with my mom and do lots of fun stuff,” said Amanda Brown, Annette Brown’s daughter, of the camp activities. “I love to do everything and like meeting new people from other places in Iowa.  I like leather crafting and making bracelets and art things and having a tea party,”

“This is a great opportunity to spend uninterrupted time with your children in a beautiful setting,” said Annette Brown.  “Youth and adults can experience new activities or strengthen their skills in things they have tried before such as the climbing wall, canoeing or high ropes.”

The Brown’s recommend trying a weekend camp to those who aren’t ready to go alone. Going with your mom to ‘Girls Night Out’ or dad to ‘Dad & Me’ can be a great opportunity to discover the Iowa 4-H Center. After spending the weekend, they are sure that campers will be ready to come back to other camps on your own.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth are involved in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H.


Contacts :

Abbie Parker, Iowa 4-H Center Program Specialist, (515) 795-3338, aeparker@iastate.edu


Kassi Williams, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, kassi8@iastate.edu