2013-04-25 / Outdoors

4-H Great Lakes camp available

EAST LANSING – 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is an annual three-time national award-winning camp that mixes summer camp fun and hands-on science education. The camp will be held July 28 - Aug. 3 on the northern shores of Lake Huron at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle.

This Michigan State University pre-college program is for teens aged 13 to 15 or those who will enter eighth through tenth grade in the fall. Registration is now open. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 1. Space is limited to 70 campers so early application is encouraged.

During this enriching Michigan State University Extension educational program, campers will increase their science literacy and stewardship as they learn from natural resource experts in fields including Great Lakes coastal and fisheries management, limnology, wildlife, forestry, geography, geology and environmental education. The hands-on learning includes exciting natural resources recreation activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, fossil hunting, archery, photography and evenings around a campfire. First-time campers also go charter fishing and learn to fillet their catch. Not only does the camp get participants outside enjoying nature and learning to be good environmental stewards, the sessions also incorporate four of the five Michigan Department of Education science curriculum standards in earth science and three of the five standards in biology.

The fee for campers from Michigan is $335 for 4-H members and $345 for nonmembers and includes meals, snacks, lodging, a T-shirt and program and activity costs. Michigan Sea Grant Extension and donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation generously offset the real $450 per camper fee. Out-of-state campers will be accepted for a $450 fee if space is still available after May 1.

Following their involvement, campers are eligible, by nomination, to apply for a $2,000 MSU Pre-College Scholarship based on criteria such as attitude, behavior and active participation.

For more information and to apply for the camp, visit 4h.msue. msu.edu/4h/glnrc or contact Judy Ratkos at ratkos@msu.edu or by phone at (517) 432-7613.

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