As the final piles of snow have melted, it seems like summer is still a long way off, but school will be ending in no time.
In fact, registration is already open for many summer activities including OzSome 4-H Camp. What a great opportunity for youth, and not just 4-H members!
OzSome 4-H Camp is open to any youth in the county who has completed first through seventh grade. Our first and second graders have a special "Rookie Camp" which includes the first two days and one night of camp.
It is held each June at Rock Spring 4-H Center near Junction City. This year, the dates fall on June 11-14. Rookie campers will attend on June 11 and 12. Youth from nine counties come together for this experience which includes McPherson, Saline, Ottawa, Marion, Sedgwick, Butler, Rice, Ellsworth and Shawnee.
So what happens at camp and why should a child attend? Well, through planning we strive to provide each child with the chance to develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends, and discover new interests.
Youth live in cabin groups of approximately eight other youth with two teen counselors per group. The beautiful camp area provides space for canoeing, archery, horseback riding, a rifle range, leadership course and other learning opportunities.
Campers also eat family style in the dining hall on favorites like chicken fingers and homemade Rock Springs dinner rolls. We are served three balanced meals each day and each cabin group gets to help set for and clean-up after a meal sometime throughout the week of camp.
Evening activities are always a hit, which might include a night swim, outdoor movie, campfire and camp dance among others. The opportunity to live with other youth, make new friends, and learn responsibility are huge, but most of all this all happens while the kids have a great time and get to enjoy a beautiful area of Kansas.
I encourage you to contact the Extension Office, 620-241-1523, or visit www.mcpherson.ksu.edu for more information about OzSome 4-H Camp. It is sure to be a great time!
Lindsey Friesen is a McPherson County Extension agent for 4-H youth development.