Registration Open for Summer Camps Offered through Iowa 4-H Program

Youth may now register for a variety of themed 4-H summer camps

March 16, 2017, 1:38 pm | Jacki Luckstead

4H CampAMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering several themed 4-H summer camps. These three- to six-day camp experiences offer Iowa youth the opportunity to meet other students from around the state who share their interests,  while experiencing a high quality educational program.  

“Youth attending camp gain a new perspective and appreciation of natural resources in Iowa,” said Jacki Luckstead, 4-H camping and shooting sports program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Partnerships with Iowa State University bring rich curriculum and opportunities for each camper.”

Financial assistance is available through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Applications can be found on the foundation's website and are due to county extension offices by April 25, 2017. Youth do not need to be members in the Iowa 4-H program to attend, or to apply for financial assistance. Youth who are from military families qualify for a $75 discount. 

2017 Camp Offerings

June 9-11, there will be a Safety and Education in Shooting Sports camp for youth to develop skills in archery, air rifle, small bore, shotgun trap, muzzleloader and wildlife. An official hunter safety course field day will be provided by the Department of Natural Resources during the camp. Registration is $200.  

Youth interested in science and technology in grades 5-8 can participate in Drone Discovery Camp June 19-22, a hands-on learning adventure that will explore the science behind drones and how they are used to solve real-world problems. Registration is $350.

Youth entering grades 5-8 can register for Spanish Immersion camp June 25-29. This camp, provided in partnership with Iowa State University World Languages & Cultures, will be an action-packed and culturally invigorating camp that teaches about the traditions, food, music and art of today’s Hispanic/Latino population, while building a strong base for future language learning. Registration is $400.

In partnership with Iowa State University College of Business, Young Women in Business Leadership camp will be offered July 9-14 through an application process. Young women accepted to this camping experience will participate at no cost. Participants will experience the Iowa State University campus, explore business majors, build leadership skills and make a positive impact on the local community by working on a real-world project for a nonprofit organization. This camp experience is open to girls entering grades 9-12.  

Youth entering grades 9-12 who have an interest in design and technology can enroll in Design Dimensions Camp, held July 9-14. Participants will learn how to create and manipulate structures and objects, use 3D printing, develop their own typeface, and much more. Registration is $495 for overnight camp and $345 for day camp.

Additional information on grade ranges, costs and times is available on the Iowa 4-H website. Registration is open now, and each camp registration closes two weeks prior to its start date.  

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