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4-H camp results in lifelong friendships

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Putnam County 4-H Campers full of enthusiasm after 2011 4-H Camp session at Shakamak State Park. The 2012 Camp will be June 10-13 and enrollment is now taking place.
We will be taking 4-H camp applications on a first come first served basis as there is still room on the bus. Registration will absolutely be cut off by Tuesday, May 15 if we are not full by that time.

Go to extension.purdue.edu/putnam for current information about camp, which can be found by going to the 4-H left menu link and then click on the camp link.

Youth interested in camp must be in grades 3-6 as of January 1, 2012. Camp occurs at Shakamak State Park. Departure is noon on Sunday, June 10 with a return of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13.

Youth learn lifelong skills, have a great time, and make new friends. The registration forms must be submitted to the Purdue Extension-Putnam County office. Health forms must also be completed and submitted to the Extension office. The cost is only $75 for the four-day camp, which includes transportation and meals.

Camp Counselors will be selected this week and letters will be on their way to these individuals. There will be 12 camp counselors who are in Junior Leaders and have had experience as campers or camp counselors.

Being a camp counselor is a very rewarding experience and certainly a learning event for these youth in grades 7-12 who more or less conduct the bulk of the camp activities and programs. Past camp counselors commonly note that the experience helped build their resumé and provided invaluable experience that could be used in their current work place. Parents of youth in grades 3-6 will want to note that being involved in the camp program will give the 4-H'er an edge in terms of experiences that can be used to qualify for becoming a camp counselor in the future and to build a resume worthy of competing and receiving scholarships or other awards in the future.

Besides professional characteristics, many former Putnam 4-H'ers cite lifelong friendships resulting from camp. This is certainly a significant and perhaps the most important reason to participate in camp. Encourage your grade 3-6 friends and relatives to sign up 4-H camp if they have not already done so.

Check the website www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam to view the most up to date info. You can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 653-8411 for more information regarding column topics or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs.

While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming Events

April 30 - Extension Homemakers Spring Dessert, Fairgrounds, 6:30 p.m.

April 30 -- 4-H Volunteer Meeting, Extension Office, 6:30 p.m.

May 3 -- 4-H Camp Counselor Development Session #1, Fairgrounds, 5-8 p.m.

May 10 -- 4-H Camp Counselor Development Session #2, Fairgrounds, 5-8 p.m.

May 12 -- 4-H sheep and goat wether tagging and retinal scanning, Fairgrounds, 8 a.m.-noon

May 15 -- All dairy, goat, horse & pony, sheep, swine, pure-bred heifer 4-H livestock enrollment forms due

May 15 -- 4-H Camp Registration absolute registration deadline if not already full.



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