Weekend Family Camps Create Family Bonding

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa 4-H Center has three 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 activities while strengthening their relationships,” said Abbie Parker, Iowa 4-H Center program specialist.

The family camps are tailored toward parents and children, but mentors, grandparents and other extended family members above 18 years of age 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 will enjoy a spa event, crafts, campfires, swimming, cooking and teatime. This camp is held June 9-10.

Big Feet Little Feet

This is a weekend getaway for the whole family. Kids ages 5 and up are invited to hang out at the camp for a few days. They will enjoy a weekend of swimming, climbing, archery, creek stomping, crafts, campfires and more. This camp is held June 29-July 1.

Dad & Me

Spend the day with dad, or someone like dad, exploring the camp. Kids ages 7 and up are invited to enjoy climbing, swimming, cooking over the campfire and more. This camp is held July 21-22.

“4-H Center family camps are a great way for parents and children to spend quality time together in a safe, fun and educational setting,” said Parker. “The weekend is relaxing as all the activities and meals are planned and provided for the families. This means parents can enjoy all the fun instead of having to worry about entertaining the kids.”

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 Iowa 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/.