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Plan to attend 4-H camp; events upcoming

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By Roberta Hunt

When planning your activities for summer break, don’t forget to add a 4-H summer camp to the list.

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.

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 EMT/health care provider is always available to take care of campers needs.ee    

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.  4-H members from Washington County will attend Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp from June 29 – July 2.  Registration forms are available now and will be due by June 4. Washington County will be camping with LaRue, Meade, Taylor and Russell Counties.

Any Washington Co. camper who turns in their registration form and $25 deposit by April 1 will be eligible for the drawing of a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.

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: “http://www.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/4h/camp” \o “http://www.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/4h/camp” 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 still being accepted for all positions including EMT’s, 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 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, preferably in the next two weeks.

UPCOMING EVENTS

• The 4-H Exchange Club, open to 4-Her’s grades 8-12 will meet on Monday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.

• Due to bad weather, the I Love Cows Essay Contest deadline has been extended.  Entries will be due by Wednesday, March 10, to the Extension Office.  Applications are available from the Extension Office or on line @  HYPERLINK “http://www.dustinworthingtonmemorial.org/getstarted.html” http://www.dustinworthingtonmemorial.org/getstarted.html

• The 4-H Sharpshooters will meet on Monday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. The location of the meeting will be announced next week.

• The deadline to register for the Washington Co. Livestock Judging Contest is March 5. Contact the extension office to register.  The contest will be held on March 13, 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Co. Livestock Center on Bloomfield Road.

• The next 4-H Livestock certification date is March 9, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at the extension office.  Any 4-Her planning to show livestock must be attending the training sessions.

• 4-H woodworking and electric kits are available to order through March 5.  Order forms are available from the Extension Office.