Summer 2013 4-H Camping Continues, with Changes, at Iowa 4-H Center

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to maintaining a sustainable 4-H youth development program that provides quality educational programs for Iowa youth — including camping experiences. However, there will be some changes in the camping experiences that the Iowa 4-H Program will offer at the Iowa 4-H Center this summer.

“The original intent was to offer a full camp schedule for summer 2013 at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid,” said Cathann Kress, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach. “However, we must limit the scope of programming we are able to offer at the center, due to staff changes and budget realities.”

The 4-H camp program specialist has resigned to take another position, said LuAnn Johansen, assistant director for the Iowa 4-H program. Program staff are being hired to facilitate camp programs including archery, aquatics, climbing wall, creek walks and science.

The traditional special interest residential and day camps offered to the general public will not be available this summer. All existing rental commitments at the Iowa 4-H Center are being honored. However, no additional non-4-H rentals are being secured by the Iowa 4-H Program.

Some of the 4-H camps that have been confirmed at the center from June through early August include Southwest Iowa Camp, North Central Region 6 Camp, ISU Extension Region 15 Camp, Photography Camp, Design Condensed Camp, Pocahontas County Day Camp and Tri-County (Story, Boone, Marshall) Junior Camp. The Immersion in Wellness camp also will continue at the Iowa 4-H Center this summer, Johansen said.

“We hope to add other 4-H camping experiences at the center this summer,” Johansen said.

“Camping experiences provided by the Iowa 4-H program extend beyond those camps held solely at the Iowa 4-H Center,” Johansen continued. “ISU Extension and Outreach is committed to providing multiple opportunities for youth to experience camp. Multiple day camps and local overnight camps will continue to be offered throughout the state at other locations tied to our county or regional 4-H programs.”

The ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development management team is consulting with camping experts from across the national 4-H system to determine potential solutions to enhance and sustain Iowa 4-H camping opportunities into the future, Johansen said.

“K-12 youth outreach is an important niche for Iowa State University and 4-H is our flagship program,” added Kress. “Focusing Extension and Outreach efforts on our core mission will help 4-H in Iowa become a stronger program that reaches more youth, is more efficient and effective, and is widely known as the premiere example of youth outreach in the nation.”

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Comments

I just can not believe it!!!

I just can not believe it!!! After numerous trips to and from camp it will not be open this summer!!! This summer my daughter would have been CIT!! Bummed....

A sad day for Iowa 4-H

A sad day for Iowa 4-H program. The small group of females who are now in charge of Iowa State Ag. department have no clue what is going on in rural iowa. 4-H Camp has been the life blood for youth in rural areas for years.
Get your act together and see what is going on in rural Iowa. What is your next stunt? Close the Iowa State Fair 4-H building.

County camps? If you leave

County camps? If you leave it up to county staff, it will never happen in this county. Very few activities take place. There is never anything posted on their web site and their facebook page is sporadic at best.

This is extremely

This is extremely disappointing, especially for my 8-year old son who has been looking forward to attending the residential camp this summer for the first time as his older brother has for the last three years. I can see reducing the scope of the residential camp from 9 weeks over the summer to whatever is financially feasible (like 3 or 4), but to shut it down completely, is wrong. I sure hope they reconsider.

My in-laws purchased a week

My in-laws purchased a week of camp for each of my kids and my nieces and nephews. This is beyond disappointing -- my kids loved 4-H camp! I hope you plan to refund the gift certificates so they can at least go to Camp Hantesa instead. I'm so sad about this -- the Iowa 4-H camp is a treasure!

My daughter has been going to

My daughter has been going to the Iowa 4-H Center for the last 3 years. Before her first camp, she would never approach other kids to hang out, she was so shy. Her self confidence has increased because of her experiences at camp! She has made great friends and enjoys getting to know her counselors. Every summer when we leave, she is already planning the next years trip. I so hope they reconsider!

My Best Friend and I went to

My Best Friend and I went to camp last summer and we've been planning to go to camp again this summer. We met people from all over the world last year and we had so much fun. I couldn't wait to do it again, but I guess thats not happening. :(

I am heartbroken by this

I am heartbroken by this decision. My oldest son has been a CIT for the past three years, and was extremely excited about getting to be part of the Jr. Staff this summer. My middle son was given a week of camp for his birthday gift by his grandparents (not knowing there wouldn't be a camp), and my youngest son has reached the age for day camp. It is an extremely sad day in our house as summer plans for three wonderful boys have just been taken from them by no fault of their own. I went to the 4-H center when I was in high school, and it saddens me that my younger sons will not have the opportunities to make the memories that did.

I feel you need to rethink

I feel you need to rethink the decision being made. Children all over and mine included love 4H camp. I don't feel it is fair to let the Children suffer because of your mistakes. My son loves camp and when he came home last summer had already been thinking about what camp he wanted to go to this year. He also would love to be a camp counsler when he is older. I just think it is very selfish to pull dreams from our future... What will we become if this continues?? I hope that you look in your hearts and realize what you are doing to our children.

they are having staffing

they are having staffing problems, a call out for applicants went out weeks ago. know any college kids that need a summer job and residence send them to the website.

I suggest you break out the

I suggest you break out the Targeting 4-H Life Skills Model. Where is the Critical Thinking, Resiliency, Leadership, Problem Solving for starters? Camp Alumni, parents, campers... we have not been given the opportunity to keep The Iowa 4-H Center as Camp Home. A terrible disservice to 4-H has been done with this decision. I urge you to reconsider and do so with great haste!

What is going on in Ames?

What is going on in Ames? The quick departure of the 4-H Director and now cutting the camp program. Wasn't there a farm that was willed to the 4-H camping program to help with expenses?

I don't understand how you

I don't understand how you speak of budget cuts as an excuse when you used funding for a number of special projects last year. Prudent fiscal policy would know and understand how to budget. so sad..

Iowa State 4-H Administrative

Iowa State 4-H Administrative Team = Death of Iowa 4-H

I am so disappointed with

I am so disappointed with this decision. My son has attended camp for the last 4 years including twice last summer. He loves this camp! He has met many people from all parts of the world. He loved it so much he invited his cousins to join him on his last visit. We have 2 nieces that have served as counselors for several summers and have had such wonderful experiences. We hope this is not the end of a wonderful experience for so many children and young adults.

This news saddens all who

This news saddens all who believe in the power of camp to transform a young person’s life, to help build community and teach and reinforce strong values in young people. Parents should be urged not to let their kids miss the camp experience this summer as a result of this change. Up and down the Des Moines River Valley are camps that serve youth, and would be happy to greet campers that have been displaced by this decision. One place to look for these camps is the American Camp Association website: http://find.acacamps.org/. Camps like Camp Hantesa near Boone, offer a traditional camping experience similar to the 4H Center at close to the same reasonable price. To attend, you do not have to be a member, in fact, for the past two years, 4Hers have been going to Hantesa to work with Hantesa’s horse program.

If the state has such a huge

If the state has such a huge budget surplus, why not funnel some of it to help out the camp???

I'm guessing the next

I'm guessing the next announcement will be that the camp is being sold.

I'm guessing their next

I'm guessing their next announcement will be that the camp is being sold.

My son, also, was hesitant to

My son, also, was hesitant to go to camp two summers ago, but he went to day camp two years in a row and loved it. As a result, he became more outgoing and social, and became a much stronger swimmer. I am very, very saddened that this is happening at the 4H center. I also went to camp there as a 4Her growing up. It is such a beautiful place and a great asset to the state of Iowa.

There is more explanation

There is more explanation that a single person left, and just a passing of the word budget in there. Are we to believe that the rest of the organization is incapable of making camp happen?

My son has talked of nothing

My son has talked of nothing except going back to camp since I picked him up last summer. He was very hesitant about going all by himself, but he had a blast and cannot wait to go back. I don't know how I will tell him there won't be any camping this summer. Please, please change your minds and continue to offer a full summer of camps. The difference it made in my son's life is huge, and I don't know that he would be the outgoing kid he is today if he had not gone to camp.

My son has talked of nothing

My son has talked of nothing except going back to camp since I picked him up last summer. He was very hesitant about going all by himself, but he had a blast and cannot wait to go back. I don't know how I will tell him there won't be any camping this summer. Please, please change your minds and continue to offer a full summer of camps. The difference it made in my son's life is huge, and I don't know that he would be the outgoing kid he is today if he had not gone to camp.

This is very sad news to hear

This is very sad news to hear as well at such late timing. As an intern this winter at camp, it was saddening to not be utilized because of these changes. To be told so late in the year about what was going on with the Iowa 4-H Center completely impacted my experience as an intern. I was not able to fulfill my goals as an intern because I could not recruit campers or create programming for the upcoming camp season. Many skills I had hoped to learn I never got to experience because decisions we not made sooner. If I had known about the change in Staff I would have gladly taken that position if offered and could have been trained by staff to do the position properly. So many kids depend on this camp to gain social skills and life lessons. Not to mention great memories and life changing experiences. It disappoints me that decisions about camp have been handled in such a manner when it means so much to so many people.

I have lost ALL respect for

I have lost ALL respect for the State 4-H Office and the Administrative Committee...At least I know that FFA will still be going strong when my kids are of age. I have absolutely no hope that there will be a worth while 4-H program in the future with the current idiots running the State 4-H Program.

I really hope that you

I really hope that you consider rehiring someone for the position and to be the program director at the IOWA 4-H Center. I can probably name off ten people that would apply for the job and other ten that would do it just to have camp this summer. Not to mention the are qualified.

I am so saddened by this

I am so saddened by this news. My son has been talking about going back to camp since he came home. He has went for the last three years. My daughter is planning to be a counselor in two years when she is old enough. I understand times are tough but our kids need the option to be OUTSIDE exploring, learning and growing! Please do not close for the whole summer. Maybe offer a shortened schedule of camps.... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not do this......

Since the camp rumors

Since the camp rumors started, I have been defending the 4-H camp program and its integrity. There would be no way that the this outstanding opportunity for 4-Hers to meet others from around the state would be eliminated. This would have been nice to know a month ago when I started recruiting kids from our area to attend camp. I have several new campers this year that will be very disappointed. Another example of lack of communication at the state level.

The fact that you are using

The fact that you are using "staffing problems,"or the fact that the program specialist is accepting a dream job, as an excuse for shutting down the whole camp is appalling. You are using her as a scapegoat or as an "easy out." You have lost sight of 4-H and what it is all about. The program specialist is not who keeps the camp running, it's the kids who do.

Forcing her out of her house

Forcing her out of her house and office...the writing was on the wall....no one in their right mind would blame her for looking for a new job... Using her as a scapegoat shows the true lack of character and leadership within the state office!!!

This is a real blow to

This is a real blow to hundreds of kids in central Iowa who will now end up in front of television sets and computers during the summer months when they could have gone to this wonderfully run, safe,secure day camp. When pediatricians are urging parents to get their kids outdoors, you close this opportunity to them at a most critical time. I've taken several groups of college-aged students to the camp. For some, the memories made at camp, even as adult "kids" are everlasting. I've become a bit ashamed of my ISU heritage in recent months. What, may I ask, will this money be diverted to in the future that is more important than connecting people with nature?

So much for the "Outreach"

So much for the "Outreach" part of ISU Extension and Outreach....

Please do not let this

Please do not let this happen!! Both of my kids have thousands of positive memories and experiences. I will volunteer for Abbie's position for the summer at no pay to make this work!!!

you are horrible people,

you are horrible people, heartless.

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