Youth Programs

County Youth Coordinator, Cindy Emery

Cindy Emery has the been the County Youth Coordinator in Wapello County since March 2014. 

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K-12 Youth Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Duff

Lisa Duff wears many hats and another one of them is Day Camp Coordinator. Serving Kindergarten through sixth grade. 

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Summer Day Camp Palooza

Important Information to read before registering: 

  1. Payment is due at the time of registration, you will have to enter a credit card in before you can submit your registration. 
  2. No refunds are issued unless the camp is canceled.
  3. The grade you select is based on the youth's grade during the 2023-2024 school year. 
  4. Upon registering you will enter an email address, that is the address we will send camp reminders. Be sure to enter the email address you use the most frequently. 
  5. Questions or concerns can be directed to Jessica Heisdorffer at 641-682-5491 or  jessh@iastate.edu

 

Click Here to Register 

 

Camp Information:

 

The following camps are for youth in grades Kindergarten through third grade. 

 

FULL-Chef for a Day

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Join us for a culinary-themed camp and become a chef for a day! You'll learn basic kitchen skills, cook delicious dishes, and participate in exciting cooking activities. Do you know where your food comes from and how to prepare it in the best possible way? At this camp, you'll get to learn all of that and more! So, come and join us to enhance your kitchen knowledge and skills, and take them back to your own kitchen at home!

Cost: $30

 

FULL-Nature in the Night

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Time: 2:30 PM-9:00 PM

Location: Pioneer Ridge Nature Center

Description: Experience the magic of nature at night with our naturalist, Sara, at Pioneer Ridge. Our exciting adventure will allow us to connect with nature and learn something new about the world around us. After many exploratory activities, we'll gather around the campfire to cook our own meal. With the stars twinkling above and the sounds of nature all around us, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner and share stories of our favorite outdoor adventures. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience at Pioneer Ridge!

Cost: $30

 

FULL-Family Fixins

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Join us at Family Fixins to learn basic cooking and kitchen skills while discovering new culinary dishes. Our participants will have the opportunity to prepare an appetizer, main dish, and dessert for a family lunch. Each child can invite a parent, grandparent, or other caring adult to join us from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. During this time, we will also be hosting Manners with Mel, a fun and interactive session on good manners and dining etiquette. Afterward, everyone will get to enjoy the delicious and prepared meal. We can't wait to have you join us!

Cost: $30

 

FULL-Engineering 101

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Are you the kind of person who loves to solve problems, create new things, and figure out how stuff works? If so, you will definitely not want to miss out on Engineering Day Camp! This exciting and engaging program is designed to give you hands-on experience in the world of engineering, where you'll get to explore and experiment with different concepts and ideas. Whether you're interested in robots, designing bridges, or exploring technology, there's something for everyone at Engineering Day Camp. So why wait? Sign up today and discover the amazing world of engineering!

Cost: $30

 

FULL-Wapello County Soccer Day Camp

**NOTE: This camp is for Grades K-2 only!! 

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Are you a soccer enthusiast or someone who wants to learn how to play the sport? Our soccer camp is open to everyone who is willing to learn, regardless of their skill level. Throughout the camp, we will focus on teaching the importance of self-respect and mutual respect, as well as teamwork, all while enjoying the game of soccer.

Cost: $15

 

FULL-Sprouting up Science

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Get ready to roll up your sleeves and learn how science impacts our environment and our health through plants! Learn how you can help plants grow and leave with new knowledge and tools to grow your own food at home. Prepare new recipes to try new foods that fuel our bodies and engage in active lessons to get our hearts pumping. We will be moving, grooving, and snacking throughout our excursion in this garden-based camp.

Cost: $30

Few Spots Left-A Day at the State Fair

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2024

Time: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Spend a day at the famous Iowa State Fair with us! From hands-on activities in the 4-H Exhibit Building to experiencing new babies in the Animal Learning Center, we'll have a blast exploring the fair and getting a behind-the-scenes look at several activities. Plus, we'll even get to spend time with some Wapello County animals who will be at the fair representing our community!

Cost: $65

 

The following camps are for youth in grades 4-6. 

 

Few spots left-Cardboard Regatta

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Time: 11:00 AM-6:15 PM

Location: Beach Ottumwa Shelter House

Description: Do you think you can build a functional boat out of… cardboard? Participants will be introduced to the basics of boat design, buoyancy principles, engineering design process, and teamwork as they craft their cardboard creations. The day caps off with pizza with families and the much-anticipated Cardboard Regatta, where teams put their boats to the test with friendly competition, cheering, and splashing, as campers see if their boat will sink or float.

Cost: $30

 

Few spots left-Chef for a Day

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Join us for a culinary-themed camp and become a chef for a day! You'll learn basic kitchen skills, cook delicious dishes, and participate in exciting cooking activities, like the Grilled Cheese Challenge! Do you know where your food comes from and how to prepare it in the best possible way? At this camp, you'll get to learn all of that and more! So, come and join us to enhance your kitchen knowledge and skills, and take them back to your own kitchen at home!

Cost: $30

 

Engineering 101

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Are you the kind of person who loves to solve problems, create new things, and figure out how stuff works? If so, you will definitely not want to miss out on Engineering Day Camp! This exciting and engaging program is designed to give you hands-on experience in the world of engineering, where you'll get to explore and experiment with different concepts and ideas. Whether you're interested in robots, designing bridges, or exploring technology, there's something for everyone at Engineering Day Camp. So why wait? Sign up today and discover the amazing world of engineering!

Cost: $30

 

A couple spots left-Crime Spy Science

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Do you enjoy solving mysteries and figuring out “whodunit”? If yes, then you'll love this science and detective-themed camp! We will delve into the fascinating world of DNA and explore the science behind this fascinating forensic tool. But that's not all - we'll also have the unique opportunity to speak with real police officers and gain valuable insights as they share their tips, tricks, and techniques for piecing together clues, identifying suspects, and ultimately cracking the case. Get ready to put your detective skills to the test!

Cost: $30

 

Outdoor Adventures

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Get ready to experience the wonders of the outdoors at Pioneer Ridge Nature Center! Spend a full day exploring the beauty of nature and enjoying exciting activities such as fishing and kayaking. You will be able to breathe in fresh air and soak up the sunshine as you embark on an adventure that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. Join us for an unforgettable outdoor day camp that is sure to be a highlight of your summer!

Cost: $30

 

A Day at the State Fair

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2024

Time: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Location: Wapello County Extension Office

Description: Spend a day at the famous Iowa State Fair with us! From hands-on activities in the 4-H Exhibit Building to experiencing new babies in the Animal Learning Center, we'll have a blast exploring the fair and getting a behind-the-scenes look at several activities. Plus, we'll even get to spend time with some Wapello County animals who will be at the fair representing our community!

Cost: $65