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Register Kids Now for 4-H Summer Camps

February 01, 2007

Yes, it's still winter, but it's not too early to be making 4-H summer camp plans for your kids. Camp spaces fill up early, so it's a good idea to register now.

Here is a list of 4-H centers, their locations, contact information, available specialty camp sessions and dates, age appropriateness, the cost of each and a short description of activities. North Carolina 4-H camps are open to all young people regardless of whether they are involved in the 4-H program.

Camp information also is available here:

Potential campers might want to know when 4-H'ers or other friends who aren't in 4-H are going to a camp. For a statewide list of which counties are attending which camps when, click "2007 Master Calendar" under the N.C. map on the camps' home page (URL above) or go to:

Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center (
804 Cedar Lane, Reidsville, NC, 27320. Contact Chance Eckles, or Jeff North,, 336.349.9445 (fax: 336.634.0110)

Cloverbud: Aug. 5-8, ages 5-8, $175. For campers and parents not ready for a full camp week. Campers canoe, swim, ride horses and participate in archery, wall-climbing and environmental classes. Evening programs consist of a talent show, campfire and games.

Whitewater adventures: Aug. 5-10, ages 13-17, $410. Participants learn paddling techniques and water safety on the lake, then hone their skills canoeing down the Mayo River. The pinnacle of this trip is a guided whitewater adventure, rafting the French Broad. Participants must be in good physical condition and be able to swim.

Leader-in-training (formerly C.I.T.): ages 15-17, $360. The program was developed to help guide youth as they develop leadership skills in a residential camp setting. The program increases personal responsibility and character development awareness. L.I.Ts are assigned a staff mentor and spend part of their time working on program set-up, team building, high ropes and other leadership opportunities. There are six spaces: three boys and three girls, available each week of camp. Contact the center for a complete application.

Eastern 4-H Center (
100 N. Clover Way, Columbia, NC, 27925. Contact Lee Scripture, or Nikki Norman,, 252.797.4800 (fax: 252.797.4888)

4-H summer camp: June 17-22, June 24-29, July 29-Aug. 3, Aug. 5-10. Ages 8-12, $295 per week. This well-known summer camp program offers an outdoor learning experience focused on experiential education. Small activity groups enjoy age-appropriate programs combining fun and education. Diverse camper options range from low and high ropes courses to fishing or nature studies. Evening activities range from talent shows and International Night to traditional campfires and feature many activities new to campers, like crabbing or campouts.

Adventure camp: June 17-22, June 24-29, July 29-Aug. 3, Aug. 5-10. Ages 13-14, $395 per week. This is a perfect experience for those who've aged out of traditional summer camp programs. Programming is tailored to improve already-acquired skills, such as learning new canoeing techniques, backpacking, campouts or the climbing wall. Teamwork and communication skills are tested on an overnight canoeing trip.

Leaders in Training Adventures: June 17-22, June 24-29, July 29-Aug. 3, Aug. 5-10. Ages 15-17, $395. Limit: six per session. An innovative way to teach the next generation of leaders important life skills.

Adventure day camp: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, $105. Limit: 25 per week. Fun begins early in the mornings, with day campers enjoying traditional camp activities like canoeing, swimming and nature studies, as well as cooperative games, crabbing and arts.

Camp Outdoor Wilderness Training: July 2-6. Ages 12-16. Limit: 20, $395. Campers learn important lifetime outdoor skills: navigation, shelter- and fire-building, outdoor cooking, first aid and wildlife identification, to name a few. Camp includes an overnight experience in the on-site wilderness, with instructors ensuring that the experience is safe and environmentally friendly.

Family Camp Adventures: July 3-5, ages 5 and up. Limit: 60, $165 per family member (at least one adult or guardian per family must be a paying camper). If your family likes new things, participating in adventures or just enjoying each other's companionship in a relaxed environment, Family Camp is perfect. Families participate in activities offered to 4-H Summer Campers. Workshops and programs are also offered to families to build on cooperative skills.

Marine science and sailing camp: July 8-13, ages 12-16. Limit: 40, $360. Learn sailing, study various marine life forms and enjoy the fellowship of other summer campers. Whether studying fish in the Wet Lab, examining tiny creatures under a microscope or learning to use the winds to navigate beautiful Albemarle Sound, this camp with Science and Sailing Camp "wets" your appetite for all things aquatic.

Cloverbud camp: July 8-13, ages 5-8. Limit 50, $195. An adventure-filled, four-day, three-night experience for younger and first-time campers. Increased camper-to-staff ratios and smaller activity groups meet the unique needs of youngsters, who experience traditional summer camp programs.

Camp Ducks: July 22-27 Ages 12-17: Limit 50, $400. Come to the Eastern 4-H Center located on Albemarle Sound to learn the North Carolina tradition of duck hunting. Experienced instructors assist campers of all experience levels. Campers arrive on Sunday and leave Friday morning. Campers also experience camp activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and swimming. The camp provides all needed materials and supplies. For information on partial scholarships, contact the Eastern Center.

Millstone 4-H Center (
1296 Mallard Dr., Ellerbe, NC, 28338. Contact Gene Shutt,, 910.652.5905 (fax: 910.652.6905)

4-H horsemanship camp: June 17-23, ages 9-19, $325. A highly qualified camp staff helps advanced riders learn new horsemanship skills and showing techniques and introduces beginning riders to horsemanship basics. Special features include educational lectures, riding lessons, horse show, judging contest, trail rides and training demonstrations. Open to 4-H'ers with access to an acceptable horse. Contact Emily Sue Farmer at 919.515.5784 for registration information.

Project camp: June 24-29, ages 8-12, $275. Campers choose a 4-H project area such as Entomology, Eco-Adventure, Forests of Fun, Wood Working, Discovering Plants, Electric, Fishing and others. Camp activities include swimming, canoeing, archery, rifle, crafts, nature and horseback riding.

Target shooting sports camp: June 24-29, ages 10-16, $295. Participants learn to safely handle, load and unload a variety of shooting sports equipment with personalized instruction and plenty of range time. They also explore a variety of informative and educational topics, such as hunting ethics and responsibility, wildlife identification, field techniques, orienteering, firearm handling, shooting and hunting.

Twenty-fifth Annual Fur, Fish, and Game Rendezvous and Advanced Fur, Fish and Game Rendezvous: July 22-27, ages 12-15, $300. (Advance limit: 15; Beginner limit: 85). Beginners can earn their hunter education certification while taking courses including firearm safety and marksmanship, falconry, bird dogs, trapping, wildlife identification, taxidermy, first aid, orienteering and more. Advanced campers experience many natural resource field careers and expand outdoor skills working with wildlife biologists and others. Traditional camping experiences include swimming, canoeing, fishing and archery.

4-H summer camp at Millstone, Betsy-Jeff Penn and Eastern Center: Ages 8-14. Dates and costs vary, so check with each center's director for availability. Traditional one-week camp sessions provide age-appropriate, small-group experiences in a fun-filled, noncompetitive environment. By day, campers swim, canoe, work on a craft, learn about nature, explore outdoor living skills, ride horseback and tackle the ropes courses. In the evenings, they learn about different cultures, create campfire programs, share skits and talents and learn games and dances, while building lifelong friendships.

Sertoma 4-H Center (
1105 Camp Sertoma Dr., Westfield, NC, 27053. Contact: 336.593.8057 (fax: 336.593.9031)

Sertoma Deaf Camp: June 24-29, ages 8-16, $350. Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Region Sertoma Clubs and open to any speech- or hearing-impaired child. Camperships available. Contact Michael Hoffman,, 910.395.2193
3915 Fawn Creek Dr., Wilmington, NC, 28409

Camp Challenge: July 8-13, July 22-27, July 29-Aug. 3. Camperships available. Spend a week with other youth (6th-8th grades) at the 14th annual Camp Challenge. Both traditional and non-traditional activities include: horseback riding, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, financial literacy, high and low ropes courses, creative writing, agriculture education, public speaking, healthy living and dancing. Scholarships are available.

- Art Latham, 919.513.3117 or -

Posted by Dave at February 1, 2007 09:16 AM