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Friday, May 14, 2010

Sign-Up for Summer Fun with 4-H Camps!

Ben Knowles Jackson County Extension Agent I - 4-H/Youth Development

Summer is still a few weeks away, but now is the time to sign up for 4-H Summer Camps. Area youth will develop life skills through hands-on activities involving environmental science, physical fitness, nutrition, and leadership. Camping opportunities available this summer for Jackson County youth are the following:

Cloverbud Adventures day camp is June 8-9, from 8:30AM-3:00PM, and is for youth, ages 5-7. Cost is $25 per person. Campers will explore the world around them by participating in hands-on activities and field trips related to environmental education, animals, nutrition, physical fitness and art.

Food, Fun, and Fitness day camp is June 29-July 1, from 8:00AM-12:00 PM, and is for youth, ages 8- 18. Cost is $20 per person. Campers will learn the basics of making healthy food choices, how to prepare healthy snacks, and several recreational games and exercises. Campers will learn about ways to increase their strength, flexibility and endurance.

Environmental Explorations day camp is July 13-14, from 8:30AM-12:00PM, and July 15, from 8:30AM-4:30PM. This day camp is for youth, ages of 8-18.Cost is $30.00 per person. Campers will learn about plants and animals common to forests and participate in a variety of forest related activities. Campers will also participate in freshwater and marine activities such as water quality testing, seining, fishing, and swimming.

County Camp is the residential camp held at Camp Timpoochee 4-H Center, June14-18. Located on the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay, it is the perfect setting for typical camp activities such as canoeing, challenge adventure, environmental education, and marine science. Cost is $200.00 for 4-H members and $210.00 for non-4-H, and includes room, board, supplies, insurance, and bus transportation to and from the camp.

Camp registration forms are available from the Extension Office as well as on our website ( The deadline to register for County Camp is June 1.The deadline to register for each day camp will be five days before camp. Space is limited for each camp, so plan on registering early. 4-H camps are open to all youth, ages 5-18, regardless of gender, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, creed, or disability. Persons with disabilities should contact the 4-H office at least 10 working days before the event so that proper consideration can be given to their request. For more information, contact the 4-H office at 482-9620.

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