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New pool and bath house to be dedicated May 20 at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center

May 17, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT: Larry Hancock, 919.515.8482 or

Campers at the Besty-Jeff Penn 4-H Education Center this summer will enjoy a new swimming pool, complete with a bathhouse they've not had before. The new pool, which replaces an old pool built when the camp opened in 1964, will be dedicated at the camp Thursday, May 20, 5:30-7 p.m.

News media are invited to cover this event at Wagoner Learning Center, Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Education Center, 804 Cedar Lane, Reidsville. Directions to the center are linked from the camp's website,

The pool's construction was funded through special state legislative appropriations in 2007 and 2008 to upgrade the state's 4-H centers and camps. Most of the camp renovation projects are complete or nearing completion this summer.

"The new pool is a 'zero-entry pool,' meaning that you can walk or roll into it on the shallow end. This makes it completely accessible to those with disabilities and meets all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)," said Larry Hancock, N.C. Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist for camps and centers.

The new pool and bathhouse are on a hill overlooking the camp's Lake Hazel. There is a connecting walkway, which is also ADA compliant, from the main camp area to the pool. The project provides campers with showers and bathrooms on site, Hancock said.

This after-hours dedication is sponsored by the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center Advisory Council and three area chambers of commerce: Reidsville Chamber of Commerce, Eden Chamber of Commerce and Western Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

4-H is N.C. Cooperative Extension's youth development program, serving more than 240,000 youth across the state with the help of 21,000 4-H volunteer leaders. The 4-H program oversees five camping centers across the state.

--Written by Natalie Hampton,

Posted by Natalie at May 17, 2010 10:56 AM