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New Summer Camps at Iowa 4-H Center


AMES, Iowa -- Registration already is under way for summer camps at the Iowa 4-H Center. This year the center will host hundreds of kids in 29 different camps; eight of them are new for the 2010 season.


“Many of the camps that were created this year were designed after 4-H project areas,” said Abbie Parker, Iowa 4-H Center program specialist.  “Campers can enjoy camp while working on their project area that can be taken home and then shown at fair if they choose.”  


“In Baking Boot Camp and You're the Chef, campers will learn healthy eating habits and how to have fun in the kitchen,” said Parker.


Camps begin in the first week of June and run through the first week in August.  Campers can range in age from 7 to 16 years old and do not have to be 4-H members to participate.


Besides focusing on project areas, the center also is offering half-week camps in hopes of including more youth in the camp experience.


“We find that these half-week camps are very popular, as parents want their child to come to camp but have a hard time fitting in a whole week,” said Parker.


Try it Out Camp, a half-week camp, is designed to work around a child's already busy schedule. In this camp they will have all the fun components of camp in a shorter time.


New Camps in 2010


Baking Boot Camp (Ages 9-11)

Become familiar with kitchen equipment and utensils, measuring, baking terms, reading and following recipes, judging and exhibiting baked goods. Prepare a variety of desserts, snacks, side dishes and more while following food safety principles.


Jr. Livestock Camp (Ages 9-11)

Learn about all types of 4-H livestock in one week – horse, beef, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry. Learn about parts of the animal, different breeds, cost to raise, what they eat, how to care for them, recognize desirable traits and much more.


Try It Out (Ages 9-14)

In this half-week version of Everything Camp, you'll try out as many different camp activities as you can fit into four days. Every morning you'll sample activities from the six camp program areas.


                History Detectives (Ages 11-13)

History will come to life for four days as campers explore life in a Native American wigwam, a pioneer homestead, a Civil War camp and a local history museum. Campers will experience pottery, archery, flint knapping, burial mounds, outdoor cooking, farming tools, crafts, historic uniforms, period military rations, weapons and tactics from Iowa's past wars.


Trail Trekkers (Ages 11-13)

This introductory program prepares you for future wilderness trips. Learn how to plan meals, pack your backpack, sleep in a tent, use GPS and hike as a group on trails all over the 1,100-acre camp. Also, learn to spot wildlife and identify trees during hikes.


Shop Camp (Ages 11-14)

With safety being the first priority, learn from trained instructors to measure, cut, sand, drill, paint, stain and use advanced hand and power tools to make your own woodworking project to take home. Learn about electric circuits and explore welding techniques.  


CAMP Design Stars (Ages 12-14)

Create room designs with paint and fabric samples, make a wall arrangement, recycle and reuse items in new and creative ways and visit the College of Design at Iowa State. Teams will also work together to redesign the inside of a camp cabin.  


You’re the Chef (Ages 12-14)

Make breads, desserts and snacks for other campers to enjoy. Try out food substitutions and comparisons, go on fact-finding missions at the grocery store, learn how to safely store foods, and try out some unusual cooking utensils.


“We want all of our campers to have a safe, fun, hands-on experience while learning life skills,” said Parker “Many of our new camps are doing just that.”

At the Iowa 4-H Center, campers enjoy a traditional camp experience with fun and safety as the top priorities. Since 1954, the Iowa 4-H Center has earned the distinction of being an American Camp Association accredited camp. For more information about Iowa 4-H Center summer camps go online to www.extension.iastate.edu/4hcenter/ or contact the camp office by phone at (515) 795-3338 or email at 4hcentermail@iastate.edu

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

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