Register for 4-H camp; Celebration is March 21

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By Roberta Hunt

Even though you may not have put away your winter coat for good, the recent spell of warm weather has most of us dreaming about spring and summer.  For many 4-H members, myself included, the thought of summer camp is already on our minds.  Plans for Washington County’s 2009 4-H camping session has already begun and this week, our camping group that consists of Meade, LaRue, Taylor, Russell and Washington Counties will meet for the second camp planning session.  

The camp pre-registration form went out in the March 4-H newsletter and for a $25 deposit, campers can secure their spot for this year’s camp which will be June 29 – July 2 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp. The remainder of the $130 camp fee will be due by June 1. The 4-H Camp theme for our camping group this year will be “100 Years of KY 4-H Awesomeness.”

Washington County has a rich history in 4-H camping since the first 4-H camp owned by the University of Kentucky was the Tathum Springs Hotel.  The $10,000 to purchase the camp was given by Barry Bingham of the Louisville Courier Journal in 1941.  4-H youth from across Kentucky camped at Tathum Springs and many local youth (now with children and grandchildren of their own) enjoyed canoeing in the river and the talent shows held on the lawn of the old hotel that became Bingham 4-H Camp

The very first Kentucky 4-H camps were held in 1929 as 12 district camps.  Many of the camps were held on county fairgrounds with youth bringing their own food, including live chickens that later became dinner! After Camp Bingham was purchased in 1941, the other camps quickly followed with the (Dawson Springs) West Kentucky 4-H Camp being purchased in 1950 and the (London) J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp in 1955 and (Carlisle) the land for the North Central 4-H Camp in 1962.

Traditional 4-H camp activities remain the same such as swimming, boating, crafts, archery, riflery and nature.  Two new classes that are very popular are high ropes and low ropes.  Other classes often revolve around camp themes such as last year’s CSI Camp.

Of course, one of the time tested aspects of camp is making friends and having fun.  Campers might come to camp a little nervous and uncertain about being away from home, but soon they find themselves meeting new friends, learning new skills and before they know it, it’s time to go home.

4-H camp is open to all Kentucky youth ages nine through 14.  Kentucky 4-H Camps have been awarded accreditation by the American Camp Association in recognition of using the “best practices in the camping industry” in providing a safe, nurturing and fun environment for campers.

The two pictures in this week’s paper include one from Bingham 4-H Camp and one more recent from Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.  I hope everyone enjoys the photos!

For more information on Washington County’s 2009 4-H Camping session, contact the extension office at 336-7741.


I would like to remind everyone of the Washington Co. 4-H Centennial Celebration on March 21. A newsletter outlining all of the events is available from the extension office.  Watch next week’s Sun for a complete listing of events and times for the celebration that will be held at the River of Life Community Church from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


The deadline is quickly approaching for the 4-H Talent Show set for Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. at the River of Life.  Rules and registration forms can be found in the March 4-H newsletter or at the extension office.  Categories include vocal, instrumental, physical skills, and theatrical.  The public is invited to attend.

A 4-H Family Bowling Day will be held on Saturday, March 27, at Phillips Bowling Lanes in Campbellsville.  Contact the extension office with your family name and number of those planning to attend by March 26.  There is limited room.  Special awards will be given that day.

The 4-H fundraising candy sale continues this week and 4-H members can pick up candy from the extension office during the day.  All money should be returned as soon as possible and no later than March 31.

Watch next week for more activity and event reminders.