Meade County Extension Agent
Now is the time for young people and their parents to begin making plans for an annual summer ritual, attending 4-H Camp. Meade County will once again be camping at the West KY 4-H Camp located in Dawson Springs, KY; our camping week is July 7-10, 2020.
Meade County 4-H camp is open to all Meade County youth between the ages of 8 (entering grade 4 in 2020-2021 school year) and 17. Youth ages 16-17 are counselors and help supervise campers during cabin time as well as classes and full camp activities. 4-H camp provides opportunities for personal growth, gaining independence, fostering friendship skills, learning about Kentucky’s natural resources and just having fun.
Many exciting activities and adventures await 4-H campers. Youth can spend their days participating in activities such as swimming, canoeing, high and low ropes, archery, games, dances, singing, nature hikes and much more. These activities are a fun way to help young people learn new skills and develop a greater appreciation for the environment and wildlife.
Camper safety is a priority at 4-H Camp. Each camp has been accredited by the American Camp Association since 2005, and all staff and volunteers are trained and undergo background checks prior to camp. Each camp will have an on-site health care provider at all times.
Campers do not have to be current 4-H members, but do have to adhere to our age restrictions. Adult volunteers are needed so that we can take as many youth as possible; any adult, ages 18 and up do have to successfully complete our client protection process, which includes a national background check and personal interview. The theme for this year’s camp is “WORLD GAMES” and reservation forms will be available March 2nd. Campers and one family member are required to attend a camp orientation closer to camp time and that information will be included in the reservation packet.
For more information about Meade County 4-H Camp, contact the Meade County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, 270-422-4958, email Deana K. Reed CEA for 4-H Youth Development at deanakreed@ukyedu, or visit the 4-H Camp website at http://4-h.ca.uky.edu/camp.