4-H chili supper set for Feb. 28

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By Roberta Hunt

Even though everyone is still wearing their winter coats and summer may seem like a long way off, it’s not too early to begin thinking about fun activities that the warm weather will bring. When planning your activities for summer break, don’t forget to add 4-H summer camp to the list.

To plan and prepare for 4-H Camp this year, a chili supper will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 beginning at 5 p.m. at the extension office to help potential campers with their camp fees this year. If you would like to attend, tickets are available in advance from the extension office and at the door that evening.

Kentucky 4-H Summer Camps offer an array of activities for young people. They can catch everything from fish to butterflies, identify trees and critters during nature hikes, learn to swim, use a canoe, take part in shooting sports, make arts and crafts and participate in challenge courses. Youth will also have the chance to sing and dance, make new friends and have fun.

At each of Kentucky’s 4-H camps, you’ll find all of the fun things above and more. 4-Her’s might come to camp a little nervous and uncertain about what’s to come, but they will soon find themselves meeting new friends and learning new skills and activities. They will find the week is gone before it gets started and all too quickly it’s time to go home.

This year Washington County 4-Her’s will attend Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp June 25 through June 28. Washington County will camp with Taylor, Russell, Meade and LaRue counties. Registration forms are now available and the final deadline will be June 3.

Any Washington County camper who turns in their registration form and deposit by April 1 will be eligible for the drawing of a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.

Resident 4-H camps are open to all Kentucky youth, ages nine through 14. Groups of youths from every county will attend one of the four resident camps during the nine-week summer season. The 4-H camping program provides a safe, secure and fun environment for Kentucky campers. An onsite health care provider is always available to take care of campers needs.

Our camps have been awarded accreditation by the American Camp Association in recognition of our program using the “best practices in the camping industry” in providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for our campers.

Camp provides attendees with a diverse and fun learning environment with a focus on the 4-H philosophy of “learn by doing.”

For more information on camps and other activities in our 4-H Youth Development program, contact the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service. You can also visit the camp Web site: www.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/4h/camp.

College students and teachers who enjoy spending their summers outdoors might want to consider a staff position at 4-H summer camp. Applications are being accepted for all positions including HCP, instructors for recreation, swimming, canoeing, nature, rifle, archery, low-ropes and high ropes. All applicants will need to apply through the UK Jobs Web site under temporary positions. Applications must be completed online. For more information about the application process, go to the 4-H Camp Web site and click on Camp Employment Opportunities. The State 4-H program is asking for anyone interested to complete the application process as soon as possible.

Upcoming meetings:

 • The Best Sew-er’s in Town will meet on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Washington County Extension Office.
 • The 4-H Hooves and Horns Club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.