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New Summer Offerings from UNH 4-H Camps

By Holly Young, Cooperative Extension
April 9, 2008

It may feel like winter will never end but that shouldn’t stop you from thinking about what summer camp your children want to attend.

With three locations, Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, Barry Conservation Camp in the White Mountain National Forest and the UNH Durham campus, there are exciting opportunities for children (ages 6 – 18) from across the state. They can choose from a variety of programs, and they can stay from three nights to the whole summer if they want.

UNH 4-H Camps, offered through UNH Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program, offer two one-week Teen sessions on the Durham campus. “Future Countdown” is an exciting, informative, hands-on seminar for youth exploring their options beyond high school.

Participants will meet with university admissions department personnel, tour the campus and the surrounding seacoast area and participate in various workshops. The second campus-based session is “Equine Seminar.” Teens will investigate horse biology, nutrition, biomechanics and medical care with the guidance of 4-H and Equine Specialists and faculty. Offsite travel will include visits to area horse training and medical facilities to see horses and equine professionals in action. Participants in both these sessions will stay in a dorm, eat in the dining hall, speak with UNH students and enjoy UNH recreational facilities.

Bear Hill Camp, in Bear Brook State Park, offers mini camp, traditional overnight, day camp, leadership and mentor programs, as well as the Teen Adventure Series. Teen adventurers enjoy all the traditional camp favorites, but explore opportunities related to specific areas of interest.

“Climatology - White Mountain Adventure” will explore Mount Washington, the site of the some of the world’s worst weather. Offsite travel will include overnights at the NH Outing Club cabin in Jackson, the Mt. Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, as well as Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin.

“Oceanography – Cape Cod Adventure” will investigate the ecosystems along the dunes of Cape Cod, visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, tour Cape Cod lighthouses, explore the Cape by bike and take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard during a weeklong visit to Cape Cod.

Barry Conservation Camp, located in the White Mountain National Forest, is run in conjunction with the NH Department of Fish and Game. Attend the Aquatic Adventures program, Hunter Education and Certification, Walk on the Wild Side or Shooting Sports Sampler weeks. This is a great camp for youth who love the outdoors, prefer participating in a small camp, and enjoy hands-on learning in environmental and conservation programs. UNH 4-H Camp creates a special place where kids can discover their strengths, work together in teams and leave camp with a greater awareness of themselves and the world around them.

To learn more or to register, visit our Web site at extension.unh.edu or call 2-2184. UNH 4-H camps are accredited by the American Camp Association.

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