This summer will encourage youth through thematic camps. From an Outdoor Adventure camp designed to cultivate an appreciation for the environment to a Cooking Camp intended to nurture culinary skills.
Returning after popular demand is the 4-H Horse Camp which includes getting to interact with and ride horses as well as learning many cowboy skills such as outdoor cooking and even how to use a lasso.
Horse camp has limited spots available.
(Children who are interested in attending camp this summer can have a parent/guardian apply to the 4-H Camp through an application found at halifaxnc.com/4hrurallife with a registration fee of $55. Checks can be made out to Halifax County. They can also call the Cooperative Extension Service at 252-583-5161 and have an application mailed to them)
For the child desiring an active camp, there is Olympic Camp.
Youth will experience a week of Olympic sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and archery plus others such as ultimate Frisbee, flag football, and team-building games.
While learning the sports, major emphasis will be placed on teamwork and healthy lifestyles through keeping active and proper nutrition.
Culminating at the end of the week, the 4-H Rural Life Center will be serving as a host site for Olympic Day 2017.
One of more than 40 sites in North Carolina and more than 2,000 across the nation, campers will participate in a celebration of Olympic sports, showcasing their practiced skills and Olympic training.
For young people who enjoy field trips, there will be the Aquatic Camp, a trip to Water Country, USA and Safari Camp, where the destination is the NC Zoo in Asheboro.
There will also be canoeing and swimming.
The NC Museum of Natural Science will be bring live animals to camp for youth to handle and learn about their habitats.
For campers who enjoy designing, engineering, and launching rockets there will be Space Camp.
Campers will have an opportunity to explore the stars inside a unique planetarium exhibit.
For those who are considering a career in forensics, espionage, or as a secret agent, Spy Camp will expose the solution to an enormous mystery requiring the aid of skilled and highly trained campers.
Camp programs are open to all youth ages 6 through 14.
There is also a Counselor in Training Program for young people who are at least 14-years-old and would like to volunteer at camp.
To be eligible to be a CIT, attending a mandatory training is required, which will be held at the 4-H Camp on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Once trained, CIT’s are eligible to volunteer during the summer as their schedule permits.
More information can be obtained from the Cooperative Extension Service on the Counselor in Training Program.
The camp is fully accredited by the American Camp Association, meeting more than 300 safety standards.
Every staff member is certified in CPR and first aid and participates in two weeks of intense training covering all aspects of camper safety and how to work effectively with children.
Some staff specialize in additional trainings certifying them as lifeguards, canoe instructors, and archery instructors.