2021 4-H summer camp will be happening

DEANA K. REED


A long cherished summer activity is returning in 2021. Kentucky 4-H’s four regional camps will open their doors to campers with new, enhanced COVID-19 protocols in place.

“We are taking additional steps this summer to protect our campers, volunteers and employees,” said Joey Barnard, Kentucky 4-H principal specialist for camping. “We are closely monitoring government policy changes and are following the strict mandatory and recommended best-practice guidance of the American Camp Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, federal, state and local governments and health departments. We will continue to make changes, as necessary, to our procedures to ensure Kentucky 4-H Camping is a safe and healthy experience for camp families.”

Camps will open at 50% capacity. Campers will be placed in cohorts that will travel to and from activities during the entire week with no interaction with other campers. Cohorts will include youth from two cabins. Young people and camp staff are required to complete a daily screening two weeks leading up to their first day of camp and are encouraged not to travel and limit their contact with others during the same two-week period.

During camp, campers and staff must wear masks at all times, except when they are sleeping, eating, showering or outside and 6 feet away from others. Campers should plan to bring at least one mask per day and their own hand sanitizer. High traffic areas and restrooms will have soap and water handwashing stations. Cabins, activity areas and high traffic areas will have hand sanitizer. Staff will clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces throughout the day and equipment after each use. More information is available online at https://4-h.ca.uky.edu/content/2021-covid-mitigation-plan.

Meade County will attend 4-H Summer Camp June 1-4 at the West KY 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs, KY. Campers can be 8 years old (entering 4th grade in Fall 2021) through age 15. Spots are expected to fill quickly with limited capacity. Call the Meade County Extension Office if you are interested in receiving additional information about 4-H Camp. Registration forms will be available in early April.

We are in need of one or two adult, male counselors; without these volunteers, we will not be able to take male campers to camp. Any male camper registration that we receive will be considered tentative until male counselors are secured. Fortunately, we have enough adult, female counselors, so female camper spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Confirmed campers and one parent will be required to attend a 4-H Camp orientation (format to be determined) to learn about camp schedule, COVID requirements, etc.

Anyone with questions about Meade County 4-H Summer Camp can contact Deana K. Reed, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development Education at deanakreed@uky.edu or by calling 270-422-4958.

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