Registration for June 4-H Camp 2017 is now open

Registration for 4-H Camp 2017, set for June 12-16 at Camp Benson in Mount Carroll, is open.

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

Historically, parents have sent their children to 4-H Camp for a variety of reasons: to have fun, to make new friends, to develop new skills, to be physically active and to appreciate nature. 4-H Camp is about way more than one week of fun. It will allow them to create memories they will carry with them through adulthood. 4-H camp teaches youth to make good decisions, build their self-confidence, become independent and gain the ability to work well with others. These skills will help youth develop into strong adult leaders. In addition, 4-H camp counselors devote much of their personal time to ensure today’s campers have the same great experience they did as children.

Campers at 4-H Camp will check in from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 12, and check out from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 16. 

During camp week, youth 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, shooting sports, rock climbing, arts and crafts, tubing, kayaking, crate stacking, team building challenges, survival skills, rappelling, zip-lining, swimming, and mountain biking. Evening activities will be provided by the 4-H camp counselors and include campfires, a games night and a dance.

4-H Camp is open to all boys and girls, ages 8 to 14 by June 12. 4-H membership is not required; however all participants will be expected to comply with the same high behavior standards expected of 4-H’ers.

Cost is $300 for 4-H members and $320 for non-4-H members until March 1. After that, the price goes up $20. All fees must be paid in full by May 22. Download a camper application at: web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or register at go.illinois.edu/4HSummerCamp.

Call the Ogle County Extension at 815-732-2191 with questions. Slots for boys and girls cabins will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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