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Wed, Mar 29, 2017 12:25 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
4-H camps aid in developing social skills
As the doors in Kentucky schools close for another summer, thousands of young people will continue the learning process through 4-H camps.

Close to 10,000 youngsters will be attending one of the states four residential 4-H camps this summer. Another 15.000 will participate in county day camps held in various local sites across Kentucky.

"The 4-H camping experience emphasizes personal development and having fun. It is truly a community setting in miniature," said Donna Fox, Extension 4-H youth development associate with the University Of Kentucky College Of Agriculture. "Young people will be able to develop and practice social skills, experience leadership roles and make friendships that sometimes last a lifetime."

If you haven't signed up yet, there may still be some camp openings in your county.

"Sign-up times vary widely across the state," added Fox. "Some camp slots have been filled for weeks and other counties are just beginning the sign-up process, so it is important to check with your local county extension 4-H agent to find out about available slots and camp activity details."

More than 3,000 volunteers help direct campers. Each camp is also staffed with emergency medical technicians, certified lifeguards and instructors for nature and recreation.

Camp also provides young people with a chance to learn lifetime hobbies. Some will learn to swim, paddle a canoe or square dance. Crafts, nature study, fishing, archery and shooting sports are also a part of the long list of activities available to keep everyone involved throughout the day.

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