FOCUS ON 4-H

Summer camp opportunities

By Chrissy Karrer | Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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 listed that will have more information on that particular camp.

Wise County 4-H Horsemanship Camp will be held south of Decatur June 15 and 16. Every year, teams of Texas A&M Horse Program Assistants are trained to go to 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. This camp is open to youth and adults. For information, call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 or Jori Dearing, 4-H Horse Project Leader, at (942) 210-9412.

Multi-County Camp will be held in Bridgeport July 13 and 14. The camp is open to 4-H youth age 9 to 18. Participants will enjoy canoeing, swimming, the climbing wall, dances, archery, arts and crafts, games and more.

The cost is $65 per 4-H member and $90 for non-4-H members. This includes meals, snacks, lodging, limited accident insurance, a resource fee, facilities fee and program items. For information, call the Extension office.

Horizons is a five-day, four-night camp (July 3-7) that focuses on project enhancement, career exploration, and personal/professional development at the 4-H Center in Brownwood. Participants (4-H youth that have completed grades 4-8) choose their focus in which they will receive approximately 16 hours of instruction and introduction to careers in the field. Each workshop is limited to 20 youth and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Evening activities are geared toward professional development and workforce preparation, and of course, camp recreation and games. Dances are held each night. Project-focused workshops on natural resources, robotics, culinary arts, creative leadership, clothing and textiles and dog project. The informational flyer can be found at the Texas 4-H Center Website under Summer Camp opportunities.

Water Camp is a day camp held in Decatur that focuses on conserving our No. 1 natural resource – water. This fun-filled day will be packed with sessions on water conservation as well as fun water games. Water camp is open to all youth ages 8 to 13, and we are also looking for youth 14 and older to serve as group leaders. The cost per youth is $10, and it includes activity fees, snacks and lunch. Join us July 19 for Water Camp! You can begin signing up at the Extension office.

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 for the three-night, four-day event. This cost covers all meals, lodging, refreshments, health care services, facility and programming fees. For information, visit: texas4hcenter.tamu.edu/youth-camps-and-retreats/.

For information on the individual camps, refer to the Texas 4-H Center website and the Texas 4-H 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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