Did you realize you can go to camp on an island? You can! Each summer, youth from across the state travel to this camp which is located on Kelleys Island. Did you realize youth do NOT need to be 4-H members to attend 4-H camp? It’s true!
Organized camping is more than mosquito bites and soggy tennis shoes. Camp is an important “learning laboratory” where children develop life skills, such as responsibility, decision making, getting along with others, cooperation, leadership and increased self-esteem.
In 2011, 105 campers and 22 counselors from across the county said goodbye to mom and dad and climbed aboard the ferry to cross Lake Erie for a fun-filled camping experience on Kelleys Island. This year, Ottawa County 4-H Jr. Camp will be held June 25-29. Youth in the third grade through seventh grade (as of Jan. 1, 2012) are eligible to attend.
During camp, youth live in one of 13 rustic cabins with approximately 10 campers and two trained counselors. A modern kitchen and central dining hall provide for nutritious meals and the beach offers a unique swimming and nature area. Other facilities include the nature center, craft barn, campfire circle, recreation hall and sports field.
The camp environment encourages learning and reinforces the development of life skills. Living in a cabin with a group of other kids of the same age, sharing experiences, laughing and working together is unique to the camp environment.
The 2012 Ottawa County 4-H Jr. Camp theme is “Game On at 4-H Camp.” One of the highlights of camp will be a giant Twister game on the field!
To send a youth to 4-H camp or for information, contact Ohio State University Extension at 419-898-3631.