Youth Programs

Camps and Youth Programs are Open to Everyone!

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach O'Brien County offers camps and youth programs all year. These activities and events are open to all youth. 4-H membership not required. 

STEAM Fest: February 10, 2024

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Dordt University collaborate to host STEAM Fest each year. 

STEAM Fest is a day of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math interactive hands-on learning for youth in 4th through 8th grade. 4-H membership is not required. 

STEAM Fest 2024
Saturday, February 10, 2024
9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Dordt University, Sioux Center

STEAM Fest Flyer, Color Tracks & Session Descriptions (in English & Spanish)



Registration will open January 17 and close February 6 or when maximum capacity has been met. 

STEAM Fest, Junior: March 9, 2024

STEAM Fest, Junior is open to 1st through 3rd graders. Youth are invited to spend the morning learning and having fun while participating in hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities hosted by the ISU Extension and Outreach Northwest Iowa Youth Development Team. 

STEAM Fest, Junior
March 9, 2024
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Le Mars Convention Center

Registration Fee: $5 per youth

Printer-Friendly 2024 STEAM Fest, Junior [English & Spanish] Flyer

Register for STEAM Fest, Junior

Registration will open February 1 and close March 1 or when maximum number of registrants has been met. 

Nose to Tail Animal Academy: April 16, 2024

The workshop will focus on selection, showmanship, nutrition and health of livestock. Each youth will have the opportunity to participate in three livestock workshops, with an optional YQCA training at the end.

Nose to Tail Animal Academy
April 16, 2024
Dordt University Ag Stewardship Center
3648 US 75, Sioux Center

Registration Fee: $5 per participant 

Printer-Friendly Nose to Tail Animal Academy Flyer 

Register for Nose to Tail!

PLUNGE into 4-H Overnight Camp: April 26-27, 2024

"PLUNGE into 4-H" is a middle school overnight camp where we focus on leadership development, communication and teamwork, trying new things, exploring opportunities, and giving back to others through community service. It is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. 4-H membership not required.

April 26-27, 2024
Camp Foster YMCA
1769 260th Ave., Spirit Lake
6 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday

Printer-Friendly 2024 PLUNGE Camp Flyer

Register for PLUNGE Camp!

Summer Camps: Summer 2024

ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County hosts a variety of camps for youth each summer. Camps generally consist of hands-on interactive learning related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Robotics, Cooking, and the Arts.

2024 Summer Camp Book

2024 Summer Camps

The 2024 Summer Camp Book (English) (Spanish) provides a full listing of our camps in Cherokee, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, and Sioux Counties. 

Summer Camp registration will open April 3, 2024.

Reminder to watch this webpage, our Facebook page, and your child's backpack for additional details.


Need help registering? View our Help Video.

Multi-County 4-H Swim/Skate: December 2024

Join other 4-H youth in grades 4-12 from around the area for a fun day of swimming, skating, food, friends and fun! 

December TBD, 2024
12 noon to 4:00 p.m. (Skating from 12-2:00; Swimming from 1-4:00)
All-Seasons Center, Sioux Center

Printer-Friendly Swim/Skate Flyer

Guidelines for Attendees:

$10 cost includes swimming, skating during skating time, games/activities, light lunch and snacks. 

Parents and (parental supervised) younger siblings requested to pay directly to the All Season Center for open public swim/skate.

For more information, call 712-957-5045.

For More Information

For more information, contact us at 712-957-5045 or email