Thursday, March 3, 2011

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is July 31-August 6 at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle. This camp is designed for Michigan teens ages 13 to 15 years old and has received national recognition for program excellence. The camp is nestled between the shores of Lake Huron and the inland Lake Esau. Both 4-H and non-4-H youth are encouraged to attend.

This Michigan State University pre-college program provides hands-on experiences with Michigan’s natural resources, builds leadership skills and encourages career exploration. “Campers gain a greater understanding of Michigan’s natural resources and learn to take care of them. They also enjoy activities such as charter boat fishing, kayaking and sailing,” said Judy Ratkos, program leader for 4-H Youth Development with Michigan State University Extension.

Other hands-on learning campers get to enjoy include using GPS and GIS technology to explore and map unique wetland habitats, snorkeling, fossil hunting, shooting sports, outdoor survival and photography.  “They’ll have a lot of fun, learn in the outdoors, enjoy evenings around a campfire, and develop everlasting friendships with other teens from across the state,” Ratkos said.

The fee to attend is $335; youth not enrolled in 4-H pay an additional $10 4-H participation fee. (Local scholarship support may be available.) Teens interested in attending 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp, whether 4-H members or not, should contact their county MSU Extension office at 1-888-MSUE-4MI. The registration deadline is May 16, 2011. If space is still available after May 16, registrations will be accepted but will have an added $25 late fee.

To learn more about camp, check out the information and slideshow on-line at

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