COLUMN: 4-H camp around the corner

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By Mollie Tichenor

Even though you may not have put away your winter coat just yet, it’s time to start thinking about 4-H summer camps.
Are you ready to experience one of the most fun weeks of your life? Do you like to catch bugs, butterflies, crawdads or fish? Maybe you love swimming, riflery, archery, canoeing, crafts or music. Do you like to go hiking and spend time identifying trees and critters you find along the way? Do you like making new friends and having lots of fun? If any of these things appeal to you, you need to sign up for 4-H camp this summer.
At each of Kentucky’s 4-H camps, you’ll find all of the fun things above and more. You might come to camp a little nervous and uncertain about what’s to come, but you will soon find yourself meeting new friends and learning new skills and activities. You will find the week is gone before it gets started and all too quickly it’s time to go home.
Of course, you’ll be able to take home your memories of the time you spent shooting a bow and arrow, possibly being on the winning team in field relay games, cooling off at the pool and certainly the fun friends and camp staff you met.
Resident 4-H camps are open to all Kentucky youth, ages nine through thirteen. Groups of youths from every county will attend one of the four resident camps during the nine-week summer season. The 4-H camping program provides a safe, secure and fun environment for Kentucky campers. An onsite health care provider is always available to take care of campers needs.
Our camps have been awarded accreditation by the American Camp Association in recognition of our program using the “best practices in the camping industry” in providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for our campers.
4-H’ers from Spencer County will attend Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp from July 2-6, 2012.  Registration forms are available now at the Extension Office.  Please sign up today, space is limited.
Camp provides attendees with a diverse and fun learning environment with a focus on the 4-H philosophy of “learn by doing.”
In addition to the traditional 4-H camp activities, the Spencer County 4-H youth development program develops new and innovative classes and activities. Try going to camp to find out how much fun you can have!
For more information on camps and other activities in our 4-H youth development program, contact the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service at 477-2217. You can also visit the camp Web site: http://www.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/4h/camp.
See you at camp!
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.