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Youth who attend the North Dakota 4-H Camp this summer will be able to get involved in fun activities such as archery, learning about robotics and rocketry, making garden compost, fishing and improving their livestock handling.

Registration for the 2019 camps is open. Visit www.ndsu.edu/4h/camp for the camp schedule and descriptions, and a video about the camps. Contact your local Extension office for more information.

The camp is on 80 acres nestled in the cottonwoods along the Missouri River near Washburn.

NDSU Extension’s Center for 4-H Youth Development offers a variety of camps, including special-topic ones with a hands-on educational component, such as Livestock Camp and Hardcore Archery Camp. The Livestock Camp teaches youth to improve their animal care, handling and showing skills. Hardcore Archery Camp is three days of intense archery activities designed to improve shooting skills.

Other camps, such as the Adventure Camps, are packed with a variety of education and fun hands-on activities, such as exploring nature, canoeing and learning about outdoor science and healthful living.

Other 4-H camp experiences include fishing, jerky making, caring for small animals, geocaching, outdoor cooking and learning about soils.

Youth do not need to be a 4-H member to attend the camps.

The North Dakota 4-H Camp was renovated and expanded recently. The latest addition is the Butler Outpost building, which will be used for shooting sports and livestock activities.

NDSU Extension agents, state specialists and volunteers who are experts in their field staff the camps. The camp also has counselors who care for campers, monitor camp chores and conduct the recreational activities such as hiking, the mud pit, evening campfires, the waterslide, the obstacle course and dances.

The gaga pits also are a popular attraction at the camp. Gaga is a fast-paced, high-energy sport similar to dodge ball.

Camps also include a Healthy Camp Challenge in which campers get points for making healthful food choices, having healthful habits and getting exercise. In addition, youth can win the Golden Plunger Award for cabin neatness.

Camp scholarships are available to youth based on financial need or special circumstances. The North Dakota 4-H Foundation provides the funding for those scholarships. Some counties also provide scholarships, so youth should contact their local Extension office for more information.

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Karla Meikle is the Morton County Extension agent for 4-H youth development.

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