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Planning the 4-H & Youth Day Camp program at the 4-H Rural Life Center is completed and Joe Long of the Cooperative Extension Service says camp staff have pulled together to plan a program “that will be very exciting to this summer’s campers.”

Said Long: “The life skills that campers learn while at camp are extremely important to making them into complete and well-rounded, positive and contributing adults.  Life skills such as teamwork, self-reliance, courage, independence, and getting along with others are all things that youth need to learn in today’s global society to be successful in the future.”

Camps have also been designed around the brand new facilities that have been built at the facility, including a new walking trail, a state of the art playground system that includes an adult fitness area, a new pond, a frisbee golf course, and a new multi-purpose basketball court.  

All of these areas will be open to the public during the summer outside of the normal camp day and open to the everyone year-round beyond the camp season.

Camp this summer is going to have a fresh new look but still retain some of the traditional camp activities that have made 4-H Camp great for so many all of these years.  

Expect to see some new themes this year like an Athletic Camp and Outdoor Adventure Camp Xtreme.  

Athletic Camp would be a great camp for those looking for a variety of sports, like soccer, basketball, frisbee golf, and softball.  

Outdoor Adventure Camp Xtreme will offer a wide variety of outdoor themes involving animals, plants, and survival skills and will include an end of the week field trip to the NC Zoo. “Much of what we do will revolve around 4-H curriculums targeted towards healthy lifestyles, outdoor living, and helping to preserve the environment.”

Traditional field trips such as canoeing, swimming, and fishing, as well as a larger trip to Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA, is planned during the Pirate Camp.   

A couple of other new programs during the summer will be a Film Camp and a Wizard Camp, which will include a private magic show from Rockstar Magic.  “We will also expand The Horse Camp this year to include cowboy cooking, leatherwork, and horse riding every day. During the Iron Chef Cooking Camp, we will be looking for creative recipes, healthy snacks, and learning about the importance of physical fitness to good health.”   

Applications and information about the 4-H & Youth Day Camp program can be found by visiting the website at www.halifaxnc.com/4hrurallife or by calling the Cooperative Extension Service at 252-583-5161.  

Camps and their activities are age appropriate starting at age 6 and continuing through age 14.  All camps cost $55 each with checks made payable to Halifax County.

The Outdoor Adventure Camp and the Pirate Camp have an additional fee to cover the field trips during those weeks.  The field trips are optional, but those not attending will not have camp on the day of the trip.

There is also an additional fee for the Horse Camp.  

The number of campers accepted will be limited on a first come first serve basis.