EXTENSION NEWS 2/6/13
One of my favorite experiences as a child was the opportunity to go camping, and learning all of the skills that go along with life in the great outdoors! Young people can learn a number of skills from camping, including nature study and appreciation, environmental ethics, as well as developing a sense of independence gained from knowing that they can adapt to unique and diverse surroundings and situations.
This summer, Lee County boys and girls ages 8 to 14 can spend a fun-filled week, July 21-26, at the Eastern 4-H Environmental Center Camp. Located on Bulls Bay along the shore of the Albemarle Sound in Columbia, N.C., campers will enjoy activities such as swimming, fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, marine science, outdoor living, campfires, nature classes, ropes courses, arts and crafts and much more. There really is something for everyone at the 4-H Eastern Center. Transportation, meals, insurance, activities, crafts, T-shirt and camp store are all included in the $375 camp fee. The deadline for registration and a camp deposit of $50 per camper is due by May 3. Registration forms are available at the Lee County Extension Office. Space is limited, so register soon if you are interested.
The 4-H camping program lets young people get away from home and enjoy outdoor living skills and challenging leadership experiences. Youth in North Carolina may participate in the 4-H camping program in a number of different ways. They may attend Junior 4-H Camp with the county in which they live, participate in Junior 4-H Camps through open-enrollment through the state 4-H office in Raleigh, or participate in a specialty camp program by registering through the state 4-H office in Raleigh.
Youth interested in exploring wildlife and other natural resources would enjoy attending the “Fur, Fish and Game Camp” at Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe. This is the premier summer camp experience for youth interested in wildlife, hunting and fishing. Campers will have the opportunity to work with outstanding instructors from N.C. State University and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Classes include canoeing, riflery, archery, reptile study, snake ID, taxidermy, fishing, orienteering and much more. Campers will also have the opportunity to earn their hunter safety certification. The camp is open to youth ages 11 to 16.
There are also many other camps offered around the state that focus on areas such as horses, leadership, teen mentoring, marine science, environmental day camps, and even a beginning camp for 5-8 year olds. All of these opportunities at 4-H summer camp are a great way for young people to acquire new skills, make new friends and have a great time! Call Lee County 4-H at (919) 775-5624 for more information about any of these camps or to register your child for an exciting summer camping adventure. We look forward to camping with you!
Bill Stone is 4-H Youth Development agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.