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4-H camp is just around the corner

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By Cathy Toole

Even though the chilly winds of February are blowing, take heart, 4-H summer camp plans are in full swing.  Henry, Shelby and Oldham Counties will be attending Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp from June 7–10.  The theme for the camp is “Superheroes in Training.”  Campers can look forward to classes that include: swimming, canoeing, fishing, archery, riflery, high ropes, low ropes, cave exploration, crafts, a kickball tournament, and much, much more.

The camp is for children in the 4th through 8th grades.  The fee for the camp is $155, and campers’ parents may choose the payment plan option.  To hold a camper’s slot it only takes a $10 deposit along with the registration form and the parents have until May 23 to pay in full.  Henry County has four cabins available with a limit of 100 campers. There are only 50 openings for girls and 50 openings for boys.  Once the capacity is filled then a waiting list will be started.  Each year there is a waiting list, so please do not delay if you think you would like to attend.  If a camper should decide not to go to camp they will receive a full refund, so please do not be left behind, and sign up as soon as possible.

As a parent I like the fact that Henry County campers are with adults and teens that are from the county.  Teens walk with our campers everywhere they go throughout the day and adults are in each cabin throughout the evening.  They are never left unsupervised.  Each teen and adult that volunteer go through a training certification on how we can all work together to keep the youth safe as well as have a fun camping experience.  If you have completed your freshman year of high school and would like to be a teen leader please call the office at 845-2811 to have a form mailed to your home.  If you are a parent and would like to volunteer to attend camp please call Cathy Toole at 845-2811.  Teens and adults attend camp for free.  There is an interview process for those selected.

Camp forms are given to all 4th and 5th graders during this month.  Middle school students may pick up forms at their school offices or download a form from the henrycountyweb.  Just hit on the extension link, then the 4-H link.  If you call the office, forms may be mailed to your home or faxed for your convenience.