It’s getting warm outside, flowers are starting to bloom, and school is almost over. With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about summer vacation plans. 4-H is offering many exciting opportunities for Grundy County youth this summer.
“Most people think we only have one camp available for youth, but we actually offer more than that. 4-H has several camps for youth to choose from and most of our camps have different focus areas,” says 4-H agent Erin Thomasson.
One such camp is Agrimania, held in Cookeville. This camp offers youth the chance to learn about animal science and agriculture. They will also enjoy a canoe trip and various other activities while exploring Tennessee agriculture. Agrimania takes place July 19- July 21, for eighth through eleventh graders. This camp cost is $150 and includes lodging, meals, and activities.
Another exciting camp being offered this summer is Experience it! Taste of Culinary for sixth through eighth graders. This camp is held in Murfreesboro, and teaches youth how to prepare meals and read recipes. They will participate in a cupcake-decorating contest, food scavenger hunt, and go shopping. This camp will be held July 11- July 12; the cost for the camp is $150 with lodging, meals, and activities included.
A popular 4-H camp experience is Junior Camp held at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville, for fourth through sixth graders. Youth can participate in various activities such as swimming, archery, riflery, fishing, arts and crafts, kayaking, canoeing, and various sports. One new activity this year for camp is the zip line. Grundy County 4-Her’s will attend Junior Camp June 19-June 23. The cost of this camp is $280 and includes all lodging, meals, and activities.
Sixth through eighth graders can attend 4-H Junior High Camp, which is held at the same place as Junior Camp. This camp has all the fun activities available at Junior Camp, but focuses on a specific theme each year. This year’s theme is Technology Revolution. Campers will learn about how technology is being used in agriculture and they will explore various technological fields. Drones, engineering, virtual reality labs, robotic programs, and the UT Shock Boat are just a few of the exciting opportunities they will get to explore at this camp. The cost of Junior High Camp is $290 and includes all lodging, meals, and activities.
Electric Camp, which explores electricity, how it works, and careers available in that field is open to sixth and seventh graders. It is held in Knoxville, the $275 price covers lodging, meals, and activities.
4-H also offers Target Smart Camp, which teaches fifth through ninth graders appropriate skills in a variety of shooting sports. This camp takes place in Columbia, July 4-July 7, and the cost is $275 with all equipment, lodging, meals, and activities included.
FCS Behind the Scenes is a camp located in Atlanta, and teaches youth about fashion and design. The price of this camp is $175 for ninth through twelfth graders.
At Junior High Academic Conference, youth receive training in their 4-H project area through exciting classroom and outdoor experiences. This camp is June 13-June 16, on the UT Campus in Knoxville. It is for sixth through eighth graders and the cost is $50.
Many experts agree that youth need a variety of experiences in their lives to help them grow into strong adults. All 4-H camps are the perfect place to help youth learn independence, decision-making, social and emotional skills, and character building. If your child is interested in any of the exciting camps 4-H has to offer this summer, please call the UT/TSU Extension Office at 931-592-3971. Payment plans and scholarships are also available to assist with the cost of camp. Call the office to learn more! The University of Tennessee and Tennessee State Extension offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.