Check out summer camp opportunities

By Chrissy Daniel | Published Thursday, April 28, 2011

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Summer vacation is right around the corner. How are you going to spend your fun in the sun? There are several camps available for 4-H and non-4-H youth to attend close to Wise County. After each camp description there is a website link that will have more information on that particular camp.

Teen Leadership Lab

Teen Leadership Lab is June 20-22 at the 4-H Center on Lake Brownwood. 4-H members 13 and older as of Aug. 31, 2010, are welcome to attend. The theme this year is “Welcome to the Great Outdoors.”

There will be workshops and activities dealing with leadership, service learning, 4-H opportunities, team games, team-building, and of course, dancing! The cost is $165 per 4-H member. This includes five meals, two snacks, two nights’ lodging, limited accident insurance, a resource fee, facilities fee, program items and a camp shirt. For more information, visit:

County Camp

County Camp is at the 4-H Center July 6-8. The camp is open to 4-H youth ages 9 to 18. (We encourage youth 13 and over to participate in Teen Leadership Lab.) Participants will enjoy canoeing, swimming, the climbing wall, drama, riflery, archery, arts and crafts, games, special events and more!

The cost is $175 per 4-H member and $90 for adult chaperones. This includes meals, snacks, lodging, limited accident insurance, a resource fee, facilities fee, and program items. For more information, visit:

Wise County 4-H Horsemanship Camp

Wise County 4-H Horsemanship Camp will be held at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds June 10-11. Every year, teams of Texas A&M horse program assistants are trained to go out to individual counties and teach two-day horsemanship schools.

These are hands-on schools for 4-Hers, parents and volunteer leaders in the county who bring their horses and participate in a variety of basic and advanced horsemanship drills and maneuvers.

The cost per participant is $55. Participants need to be ready to go at 8 a.m. and camp will let out around 5 p.m. each day. For more information, call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 or Jori Dearing, 4-H horse project leader, at (940) 210-9412.

Chef at Camp

Chef at Camp will be June 6-10 at the 4-H Center in Brownwood. 4-H youth who have completed sixth grade through age 17 are welcome to attend. Registration fee is $400 and includes meals, lodging, refreshments, health care services, facility and programming fees.

Some of the activities include food sessions: kitchen 101, breads, desserts, fruit and veggies, etiquette, food challenge and the opportunity to videotape your own cooking show. For more information, visit:

4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course

4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course is July 25-27 at Texas Tech. The Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program will equip youth with the knowledge and skills to become ambassadors for Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas 4-H program and animal science as it relates to livestock projects. It is for youth ages 14 and older. Deadline to apply is June 25, and applications are posted at: or

M.A.S.H. Camp

M.A.S.H. camp is a hands-on learning experience that allows any youth (grades 7-9) in Texas to learn about the medical, safet and health career fields. During the three-day camp, June 28-30, campers will participate in activities with the Texas A&M Athletic Department, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Registration fee is $175 and opens April 1 on 4-H Connect.


SpecTra is for youth to enhance project knowledge, explore careers, expand leadership skills and strengthen their self-image. SpecTra is July 18-22 and is open to youth who have completed grades 8 through 11.

Youth registration is $300 and includes 12 meals, program fees, lodging, the Gala banquet and commemorative t-shirt. A total of six educational project areas will be offered: culinary arts, entomology, creative leadership, meat science, speaking your way to success and global and cultural education.


Prime-Time is designed especially for youth ages 9 to 13 with opportunities to meet new friends, develop new skills and learn how to work with others.

Session 1 – July 24-27-completed grades 5-8

Session 2 – July 27-30-completed grades 2-5

The early registration fee for youth participants is $220. This cost covers all meals, lodging, refreshments, health care services, facility and programming fees.

Fashion Design Camp

Fashion Design Camp will feature design professors, graduate students and industry professionals presenting topics that will be fun and educational for the young fashion enthusiast.

Fashion Design Camp is perfect for teens, preteens, girls and boys. Fashion Design Camp will be held in North Texas on the beautiful Texas Woman’s University Denton campus.

Activities will include:

  • Fashion show production
  • Jewelry production
  • Hat making
  • model training
  • Beginning sewing
  • Beginning sketching
  • Screen printing
  • Denim deconstruction (both groups)
  • Draping (older group)

There will also be classes on the basic principles and elements of design, fashion design, fashion shows and color.

For more dates, details and registration material, visit the following TWU website:

Fashion Camp 2011: Be a Fashionista

Fashion Camp 2011: Be a Fashionista will be held at Texas Tech University. Fashion Camp 2011 is dedicated to enhancing each camper’s knowledge of fashion – ranging from lessons and activities on fashion show production, facials, sewing and participating in numerous activities that enhance their individual style and sense of creativity.

Sessions include: Beginner (Session I) June 20-24, Beginner (Session II) June 27-July 1, Advanced (Session III) June 27-July 1. Cost: Beginner – $425, Advanced – $600. For more information, visit the TTU website:

For more information on the individual camps, refer to the Texas 4-H Center website, the Texas 4-H website, Texas Tech University website or the Texas Woman’s University website.

As always, you can contact the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 if you have any questions on getting youth involved in 4-H.

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