A Week at 4-H Camp

Christina F. Guillory, Fontenot, Todd  |  3/22/2012 1:26:39 AM

Click on the image above to download a copy of the 2012 4-H Camp application.

4-H Camp, July 23-27, 2012, is held at Camp Grant Walker, a 50 acre campsite located near Pollock on Highway 8, approximately 15 miles northeast of Alexandria. Camp Grant Walker is home to many happy 9-12 year old boys and girls during the summer.

Each camp week lasts 5 days and starts on Monday morning when the boys and girls arrive and ends on Friday morning after breakfast. The first meal served at camp is supper on Monday night.

Typical Camp Week

Monday: Registration, cabin assignment, track selection, swim test, free-choice recreation, camp tour and counselor meeting.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: After breakfast, campers participate in one of 7 tracks: Dramatic Arts; Nutrition and Fitness; Outdoor Adventures; Science, Engineering & Technology; Hunter Safety; Victory Gardens and Louisiana Wetlands. Campers will also have recreational time for swimming, volleyball, technology, kickball, archery, jump rope, basketball, working on a song and yell, ping-pong, softball, softball golf, canoeing, a board game, a parachute game and line dancing. Other choices include team building activities, creating a handicraft item, visiting with friends and shopping for souvenirs in the camp store. Evening programs are fun with skits, talent shows, vespers, dances and special guests.

What 4-H Parents Should Know

Camping is one of the most valuable experiences a child can have. It’s a learning experience that helps boys and girls appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others and appreciate people with different interests and backgrounds.

One of the important things children learn from camp is to be self-sufficient. That is, they learn they can survive for four whole days on their own. To help children learn this, parents are asked not to call or visit campers unless there is an emergency. We ask that you please monitor the amount of candy and junk food your child brings to camp. Three meals and snacks are served each day. Snacks include bottled water, soft drinks, fruit, and cookies. Campers will not need money for food at 4-H Camp; however, they will be able to buy a few inexpensive souvenirs and treats.

Mobile phones are not allowed at camp. Do not send a mobile phone to camp with your child. There will be a phone in case of emergency. Also, a hospital is nearby if an accident should occur. Insurance which covers accidents is included in the camp fee.

Your child will be camping with approximately 500 other boys and girls from Ascension, Caldwell, Catahoula, Lafourche, and Pointe Coupee parishes.  4-H agents, volunteers, and teen counselors from each parish will supervise and stay in the cabins with the campers.  Instructors will also supervise the special classes such as lifeguards on duty at the pool.

The mailing address at camp is 4-H Camp Grant Walker, 2944 Hwy 8, Pollock, LA, 71467. Please do not call except for emergencies. The emergency phone numbers are: Day - 318-765-7209; Night - 318-792-0024.

Costs

To help make it possible for every 4-H boy and girl to go to camp at least one time, 4-H Camp operates on a non-profit basis; costs are as low as possible.  Since transportation is also involved, the total camp fee for Evangeline Parish is $165.00 (This may vary from parish to parish due to transportation costs). A non-refundable $105.00 check or money order must accompany the application and be in the 4-H office by April 20, 2012.

4-H Camp T-shirts may be ordered prior to camp as well as group pictures. These optional purchases will be collected before we leave for camp -  not at this time.

Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone, without regards to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disabilities, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information or other assistance, should contact the Evangeline Parish office of the LSU Ag Center at 337-363-5646.

If you need additional information about 4-H Camp, please contact Tina Guillory or Todd Fontenot at the Evangeline Parish 4-H office at 337-363-5646.

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