Have you heard the great news? Summer is approaching fast, and you know what that means. It’s time for 4-H camp. Floyd County youth will be attending the J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp in London, July 2-5. Youth grades 4-8 and third-grade graduates may attend as campers.
Let me tell you a little bit about the 4-H camp Floyd County youth will be attending. The J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp covers 182 acres of scenic foothills near the Daniel Boone National Forest and Levi Jackson State Park. A one and one-half acre lake provides opportunities to fish, canoe and participate in pond studies and other environmental activities. The camp offers facilities for archery, riflery, horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, tennis, crafts, nature classes and a low and high ropes challenge courses.
Here are some of the other things our young people will get to participate in while at camp. They can catch everything from butterflies to fish; take nature hikes and learn to identify trees and different animals found along the way; learn to swim and use a canoe, create crafts; participate in challenge courses and relay games; sing songs and learn new dances; learn responsibility and develop leadership skills, make new friends and, of course, have fun.
The camp experience helps our youth to work toward the 4-H Youth Development mission to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. Youth develop inquiring minds, an eagerness to learn, and ability to apply science and technology. They learn practical skills, develop competencies and acquire knowledge in such areas as citizenship, communication, self-expression, leadership, personal standards and concern for community involvement. Campers also strengthen their abilities to make decisions, solve problems, manage their own lives and develop interpersonal relationships with adults and other youth.
All campers are well supervised by Agents, 4-H leaders, trained camp staff, adult volunteers and teen leaders, who will be attending camp all week.
For more information on this and other 4-H programs in Floyd County contact Heather J. Nelson, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development at (606) 886-2668 or visit her at the Floyd County Extension Service Office at 921 South Lake Drive, Prestonsburg. Scholarships are also available.