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No Mini-Camp this year. So sorry!
2017 Junior Master Gardener Day Camp Grades K-4
Flyer 2017 Coming
Registration Form 2017 Coming
Scholarships may be available, see form below.
We are seeking older youth to help as counselors.
Camps are open to all. You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend.
Polk County Camps Scholarship (used for ALL camps)
4-H Outdoor School
2016 Dates CANCELED
Focus on Homeschool Grades 5th - 8th
Why Schools and Home Can't Compete with Camp
Dr. Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy, and 100-year old charity Moorelands share reasons why summer camp can be life-changing Link to article...
When 4-H alumni reminisce, they invariably point to 4-H camp, if they attended, as one of the highlights of their lives.
“For many, it was their first time away from home,” Tassin said. “They had to learn to make new friends and to try new things. They had to learn teamwork skills.”
In a survey of former campers and their parents, Tassin found tangible evidence of the value of the camping experience:
For the campers
- 100% learned to do their share when working with others.
- 98% met new people they would like to stay in touch with and want to go back to camp next year.
- 93% learned to complete jobs they were responsible for and the importance of being on time.
For the campers’ parents
- 100% felt the benefits of camp outweighed the cost; they were glad they sent their children to camp.
- 93% said their children were more willing to try to things because of camp.
- 90% felt their children gained self-confidence and respect for others.
“Camping is a unique learning opportunity,” Tassin said. “At 4-H camp we offer a nurturing, caring environment where everybody gets the chance to have fun and learn something new.”