4-H Center Hosts Free Friday Flicks and More

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa 4-H Center hosts many events from summer camps to winter retreats each year. This spring, the center has been hosting free Friday Night Flicks, says Abbie Parker, program specialist at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid.

“Join us at the Iowa 4-H Center one Friday a month for a movie, snacks and family fun,” said Parker. “The movie will begin at 7 p.m. and the location will vary each time. The location will be provided on the camp’s website, blog and Facebook page.”

The center will show two more movies as part of the"Flicks" event:

  • March 30 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • April 28 – Cars 2 (This movie will be shown on Saturday, April 28, to coincide with the center's volunteer day.)

4-H membership is not required, Parker added. All ages are welcome.

“Our hope is that families will come and enjoy the movies, while learning a bit more about the 4-H Center and the summer camps,” Parker said.

The 4-H Center hosts many camps for youth during the summer. This year, all the camps have stayed the same as far as price, but the fun and excitement will increase for campers.

“The 4-H Center understands the economic demands facing families and we still want camp to be part of each child’s upbringing. We have kept our 2011 prices for 2012 to help keep camp affordable for families,” Parker said.

Families can apply to the Iowa 4-H Foundation for financial help to attend summer camp sessions. Additional financial assistance may be available through county 4-H programs. The 4-H Camp Financial Assistance Application and Guidelines are available at local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices or can be downloaded at www.iowa4hcamp.com.

About the Iowa 4-H Center

The Iowa 4-H Center was founded in 1949 by the Iowa 4-H Foundation. By 1952, the first campers stayed overnight in Elm Village.

The center consists of more than 1,100 acres of woodlands, meadows, wetlands and fields in the heart of the Des Moines River Valley. Outdoor education is an important component of the 4-H program. Faculty and staff of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development create and lead programs year-round at the 4-H Center.  The facilities are available year-round for use by individuals, families, groups or organizations.

The 4-H Center has 360 beds among five villages and is available for anyone to rent anytime. 4-H membership is not required to use the facilities. Staff employed by Iowa State University lead summer camps and seasonal programs in team challenge, outdoor camping, environmental education, shooting sports and recreation.

For more information on the 4-H Center and camps, visit the website at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/center/.