Annual 4-H Camp coming soon — June 11-14

4-H Camp is a great way to fill those lazy summer days. At 4-H Camp, young people learn independence, responsibility, have a lot of fun and make many friends.

4-H camps are open to all Kentucky youth between the ages of 9 and 14. Many exciting activities and adventures await campers. 4-Hers can spend their days participating in activities ranging from swimming to nature hikes. Not only do many children find these activities fun, but they will likely learn new skills and develop a greater appreciation for the environment and wildlife.

4-H personnel want your child to have a camping experience that is not only memorable, but safe. All camp staff and volunteers are trained and undergo background checks prior to camp. Each camp location will have an on-site emergency medical technician at all times to take care of campers’ needs.

4-H members from Bell County will attend J.M. Feltner Memorial 4-H Camp. J.M. Feltner Memorial 4-H Camp, near London, covers 182 acres of scenic foothills near the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Levi Jackson State Park.

The camp serves 35 counties and can accommodate 318 campers and counselors per session in its cabins plus 12 in the outpost for primitive camping. The cabins and bath houses are heated. Camp facilities include a heated dining hall, a multipurpose building, the shelter house, nature building, new cabins with storm bunker, country store for souvenirs and snacks, and a swimming pool with waterslide.

A 1 ½ acre lake provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, paddle boating, and pond studies in nature class. The camp offers facilities for archery, riflery, hiking, volleyball, ga-ga, swings, basketball, football, tennis and a low ropes and high ropes* challenge course. The shelter house or spacious campfire area is ideal for evening programs or special events.

Camp will be from June 11 to 14 for Bell County. Camp application deadline is set for May 3. Parents or guardians of campers will be required to attend one of two camp orientation sessions.

For more information about 4-H Camp or for an application, contact the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service at 606-337-2376.

Rebecca Miller is the Bell County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin. Source: Kelly May, senior extension associate for family finance and resource management