It's Time for 4-H Summer Camp!

Lee Fields, Simmons, Amanda  |  3/3/2017 3:12:17 PM

Registration for 4-H summer camp began February 21st for all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Because 4-H Summer Camp is one of the most important events that 4-H offers for youth, planning has to start early. 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, be self-sufficient, get along with others and appreciate people with different interests and background. The camp is held at the LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center located near Pollock, LA.

The camp lasts five days, starting on Monday afternoon when the boys and girls arrive, and ending on Friday morning. Three meals and snacks are served each day. 4-H agents, volunteer leaders and teen counselors from each parish attend and stay in the cabins with the campers. Campers will have recreational time to play sports, games, team-building activities, creating handcrafted items, visiting with friends, shopping for souvenirs in the camp store, line dancing, archery, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and swimming. Evening programs are fun and filled with skits, talent shows, dances, and special guests.

Campers will also participate in one of seven educational tracks while at camp. The tracks being offered this year that the campers can choose from are as follows:

Water Safety, That’s What’s SUP! This track will teach you how to stay safe in the water, while having fun on the water with a stand-up paddle board.

Food & Fitness Through hands-on cooking activities, group fitness sessions, and team challenges, you to learn about eating healthy, getting up and moving, and setting healthy goals.

Get Ready, get SET - Science, Engineering & Technology Get ready, get SET…to have some fun with science, engineering and technology. The SET track will explore the exciting worlds of chemistry, computers, construction, digital photography, rockets and much more.

Outdoor Adventures Participate in a large variety of hands-on activities like learning the proper techniques to shoot a bow; how to navigate through our pond in a kayak and canoe; woodsmen skills; and tree/wildlife identification.

Explore Louisiana: Wetlands, Wildlife, and YOU! This track will introduce campers to what wetlands are, what they do, and why Louisiana needs them so badly. This track will be action- packed with loads of games and activities about wetlands and the plants and animals that live there.

The Artist Within The fun hands-on activities in this track encourage your artistic expression, creativity, and imagination to run wild. It’s amazing to see what you can do when you have the freedom to explore and to express yourself creatively.

Hunter’s Safety Certification Participants who are at least 10 years of age and wish to become a certified hunter will have that opportunity in this track! Top shooters will have a chance to return to camp to test their skills against other top marksmen statewide in archery and rifle.

Lincoln Parish dates for 4-H Summer Camp are June 12-16, 2017. We will meet at a central location and we will all travel to camp by school bus. The cost of 4-H Summer Camp is $225.00 and some discount scholarships are available. To sign up for 4-H Summer Camp, just come by the 4-H Office at 307 North Homer Street 3rd Floor, Ruston, LA 71270, fill out the registration forms, pay the fee, and you’ll be set to go. The deadline to register for 4-H Summer Camp is April 21, 2017, but space is limited and slots do fill up very fast. Call the 4-H office at 318-251-5134 with any questions you may have.

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