4-H offers camp opportunity

Do you know a teen interested in Natural Resources? Are you looking for great summer camp to recommend to young teens? Let them know about 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp. This is a great opportunity to explore their interest and even careers in a natural resources field — and have a lot of fun and fond memories that will last a lifetime.

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is an annual MSU pre-college program held July 31 to Aug. 6, 2011, for teens ages 13 to 15 on July 1 or entering eighth to 10th grades next fall.

Winner of 2009 National 4-H and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Natural Resources Conservation Education Award and 2008 National 4-H Program of Distinction

Recognized for program excellence, in late 2008 the 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp was named a National 4-H Program of Distinction, which recognizes the highest quality 4-H youth development efforts in the nation. With that award, 4-H GLNR Camp became eligible for consideration and was selected in 2009 for the 4-H Natural Resources Conservation Education Award. The award is given jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National 4-H.

This camp provides teens from across the state the opportunity to:

n Improve their knowledge about Great Lakes and natural resources ecology and management issues. Increase awareness of environmental problems, foster environmental stewardship and enhance involvement in local natural resources projects.

• Increase interest in the outdoors, develop leadership skills and self-confidence and influence career decisions.

• Enjoy quality camp activities, gain hands-on science experiences, meet new people and develop friendships.

• Learn from natural resources and youth development experts and develop possible career interests.

Where is camp?

Camp Chickagami is located along Lake Huron in the northeast corner of the Lower Peninsula in Presque Isle (between Rogers City and Alpena.) The state-licensed camp has dormitory-style housing, small cabins, a dining hall, and toilet and shower facilities. Meals will be prepared and served in the dining hall by a qualified cook.

How much does camp cost?

The fee is $335 for campers who are 4-H members and $345 for campers who are not 4-H members. This includes meals, snacks, lodging, a T-shirt, and program and activity fees. Donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation, Michigan Sea Grant Extension and the Michigan Charter Boat Association generously offset about 26 percent of the real $450-per-camper cost.

A limited number of state scholarships are offered for teens with financial need. Contact your county MSU Extension office to see if local scholarships may also be available.

How to apply and remit payment

Camper applications and deposits ($100 for 4-H members; $110 for applicants who are not 4-H members) are due May 16, 2011, to your county MSU Extension Office. The remaining $235 payment is due by June 13, 2011, along with additional forms that will be sent in a camper acceptance

letter.

If space is still available after May 16, late enrollments will be accepted with a $25 late fee until camp fills or until June 10, 2011, whichever comes first.

For more information and a camper application packet contact your county MSU Extension office or visit www.4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/glnrc.