Summer Plans for the Kids
This is the time of the year when kids dream of summer vacation and fun! Meanwhile, parents are looking for ways to keep their children engaged and minimize screen time. UF/IFAS Orange County 4-H can provide both the fun kids want as well as the enrichment parents seek through our high quality summer camp programs.
Two day-camps are offered in the month of June for children ages 9-12. STEM camp includes hands-on activities in electricity, magnetism, problem solving, engineering design, and coding with a robotics presentation on Friday. Healthy Kids camp is packed with activities that show kids how to stay healthy through nutrition, physical activity, gardening, and a connection to nature. Campers will take a field-trip on Friday to a cattle ranch to learn how agriculture supports our environment. Both camps are scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 12:00 at a cost of $75.00.
Every summer 4-Hers look forward to heading to Camp Cloverleaf for five days of unplugged fun. A typical day of camp includes swimming, archery, kayaking, crafts, environmental education, camp fires, making new friends and really good food! The 4-H camp experience is designed to develop camper confidence, independence, skill mastery and sense of belonging through experiential learning. Campers are fully engaged from the time they wake until they fall asleep each night. Orange County is allowed 12 campers for this week, so space is limited. Transportation to and from camp is provided for our delegation and is included in the $275 cost. As an alternative, Camp Cloverleaf offers Gator Adventures camp for youth that are unable to attend during their county week. Costs are similar, but parents are responsible for transportation to and from camp.
Whether choosing day camp or residential camp, parents are providing an opportunity for children to spark new interests, make new friends, start healthy habits, and experience personal growth in a safe and positive environment. All UF/IFAS 4-H camps provide research-based content and utilize youth development practices that are proven to lead to positive outcomes for kids. For additional information about the 4-H program and camp opportunities, please follow the links above, or visit us at https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/orange/4-H-Youth-Development/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.