There are a variety of fun and educational 4-H camping opportunities available this year according to Karla Deaver, a 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
"Camps are being offered in specific project areas like beef, dairy and space camp. Teen 4-H Camp, Clover Kids Camp and member camps are also scheduled," said Deaver. "There really is a camp for every child."
Dairy Cow Camp
The 4-H Dairy Cow Camp is scheduled for May 29-31 at Robthom Farm in Springfield. This three-day camp provides an opportunity for campers to learn how to fit, judge and show dairy cattle.
This year's campers will also receive Show-Me Quality Assurance training, required for exhibiting at the 2012 Missouri State Fair. Now in its 16th year, Dairy Cow Camp has campers from several states.
A 4-H Beef Camp is scheduled for June 5 at the Dallas County Fair Grounds in Buffalo. Campers will receive instruction in nutrition, fitting and grooming, showmanship, ethics and judging of beef cattle.
The 4-H camps at Roaring River State Park have a "Safari" theme this year. Teen camp, for students age 13 and over, will be held June 16 through June 20.
Clover Kids Camp, for those age 5 to 7, is scheduled for June 9 and 10. Clover kids are accompanied to camp by a parent.
Member camps are scheduled for June 10 through June 13 and June 13 through June 16 and are for children ages 8 to 12. Children who are not members of 4-H may attend camp with a 4-H friend by paying the camping fee of $80 and $8 state 4-H dues.
Aerospace and robotics camps
Aerospace Camps will be held June 19 through June 21 and June 26 through June 28 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla.
Space campers experience aeronautics and space flight from a ground up perspective. They learn about the history of flight, astronomy and space exploration. Campers get to visit with a real astronaut, participate in rocket construction and launching and compete in a paper airplane contest.
Missouri S & T will also offer a robotics camp this year. The camp is set for June 20 through June 22.
For more information on camping opportunities, call the Lawrence County Extension Center in Mt. Vernon at 417-466-3102, or visit a local county extension center.