4-H Agent Dr. Rachel Pienta announced today that Wakulla 4-H plans to award over $10,000 in summer day camp scholarships. She said,” Generous donors have made it possible for Wakulla 4-H to award up to 16 partial one week summer day camp scholarships and up to 5 full summer eight-week scholarships. We are very excited to be able to offer camp opportunities to more local youth thanks to the generous community support we have received.”
Wakulla 4-H will offer 11 day camp options this summer, including the popular Teen Leadership CERT camp week in partnership with the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management team. Other day camp options include two cooking camp weeks, sewing, archery and air rifle, arts and crafts, animal and agricultural sciences, STEM science, and a week focused on Disaster Safety and emergency preparedness that will include weather science and career connections with emergency management personnel.
The 4-H summer day camp program will begin June 6 and continue through August 4, 2022. The camp program will not be in operation the week of the July 4th holiday. According to Dr. Pienta, “While day camp spots are still available, the weeks are quickly filling. Parents should make their summer plans and register for camp soon.” Wakulla 4-H will maintain a waiting list for camp weeks and will notify parents if a spot becomes available.
According to the American Camp Association, children who attend camp, “are at less risk at camp where they have a sense of community, develop intergenerational relationships, and learn through first-hand experiences. Trained, caring adult role models help children feel loved, capable, and included. Camp helps children grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment.”
The Wakulla 4-H Summer Day Camp features an adult-youth ratio of one adult to ten campers. All staff have education and youth development backgrounds. The majority of our adult summer staff work in area schools during the regular school year. Wakulla 4-H provides staff training in positive youth development strategies and all staff are Level 2 background screened.
High school age youth are eligible to serve as youth counselors under the supervision of trained adult camp staff. Youth are eligible to earn Bright Futures service hours for their work at camp.
To begin the camp registration process or for more information about summer camp or other 4-H programs, please visit our website https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/wakulla/4-h-youth-development/ or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wakulla4h. The Wakulla 4-H program can also be reached at 850-926-3931, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at our office Monday through Friday at 84 Cedar Avenue in Crawfordville.
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