Get Ready For 4-H Summer Camps

By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The first day of spring was just a few days ago, but it’s still not too early to start thinking about Madison 4-H Summer Camps for every age group.  Space is limited in most camps and will be filled on a first-come/first-served basis.
Also, registration dates for some of them are coming up sooner than  folks might realize.
Camp Cherry Lake (June 16-20)
One of the most popular  4-H summer camps, the Cherry Lake Summer Camp draws  kids from Madison, Baker, Hamilton and Union Counties for a week-long overnight camp experience.    Eligible campers must be eight years-old as of Sept. 1, 2013, up through 12 years of age.  Youth ages 13 and up may serve as counselors if they have fulfilled the requirements for that position.  Activities include archery, canoeing, swimming, GPS mapping and recreation just to name a few.
Those 13 and older who would like to be a counselor, please see Becky Bennett as soon as possible for Counselor Training dates and requirements.
Cost:   $185 for 4-H members (registered by April 1).
$190 for Non 4-H members.
$75 deposit required at time of registration.
Sewing Day Camp (June 23-25)
For ages seven to 18, this day camp runs from 9 a.m. until noon each day, and has space for eight people.
Cost: $15 per camper plus sewing supplies.  Lunch will not be needed.
Hamburger Day Camp (July 8-10)
A multi-county adventure with space available for seven campers ages eight to 18, running from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.
Cost:   $25.
Career Day Camp (July 14-17)
For the younger set, ages 7 to eleven, this day camp running from 8 a.m. until noon, helps campers explore what they might like to do when they grow up.
Cost: $15.
College and Career Exploration
(July 14-17)
With a registration deadline of July 7, this will explore career path, vocational schools and college opportunities for those ages 13 to 18.  There will be some travel to college campuses, and the times are 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. the first three days, and 8 a.m. until noon on the final day.
Cost: $40.
Camp Cloverbud (July 21-23)
Ages five to seven only, this is fun for just the little ones, taught by senior 4-H members.  This is a day camp that does not actually go to Cherry Lake, but it gives everybody a taste of Camp Cherry Lake.  It runs from 8 a.m. until noon, and lunch will not be needed.
Cost: $25.
4-H Legislature at FSU (June 23-27)
Registration is coming up for this one April 10 and is open until April 30.
Cost:   $225.
4-H University at UF (July 28-Aug. 1)
Cost: $230 if registered by April 30.
$250 if registered by May 30.
For more information about any of the 4-H summers camps, contact Becky Bennett, 4-H/Youth Development at the Madison County Extension Office, (850) 973-4138, or email her at
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