4-H summer camp registration now open

Published: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 5:30 a.m.CDT

4-H Camp Week 2014 is set for June 9 through 13 at Camp Benson in Mount Carroll. Camper registrations are now being accepted.

4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camping experience that is conducted cooperatively by University of Illinois Extension staff in Unit 1 (Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago) and Unit 2 (Boone, DeKalb, Ogle) and the staff at Camp Benson.

Campers will check-in between 6 and 6:30 p.m. June 9 and check-out between 6 and 6:30 p.m. June 13. During the week, campers will engage in a variety of activities designed to challenge, educate and entertain. Two or three free choice periods will be offered daily and will include options such as: hiking, nature study, rock climbing, repelling, arts and crafts, shooting sports, tubing and kayaking on the Waukarusa River, field games, crate stacking, teambuilding challenges, camping skills, and GPS scavenger hunts. Evening activities will be provided by the teen 4-H camp counselors from the co-sponsoring counties and include campfires, a dance and a games night.

4-H Camp is open to all youth, ages 8 to 14 by June 9. 4-H membership is not required; however all participants will be expected to comply with the same high behavior standards expected of 4-Hers.

4-H Camp fees increase as camp approaches, so interested families are encouraged to sign up quickly. The fee for those who register before March 1 is $235. The fee is $250 after March 1. A minimum $75 deposit is required with the registration form. A camper T-shirt is included in the cost. Scholarship rebates are provided for enrolled 4-H club members in some counties. Check with the local Extension office to learn what monies may be available to help offset camp costs.

To secure an application or to ask questions, call University of Illinois Extension – Ogle County at 815-732-2191. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/ and click on 4-H Camp.

4-H is the Youth Development Program of University of Illinois Extension.

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