University of Wyoming Extension is sponsoring five free 4-H day camps in March and April for 4-H and military youths ages 8-18.
"Youth in Wyoming will benefit from the camps because they will connect with youths from different counties in a regional event," said Brittany Johnson, UW Extension 4-H military educator. "4-H youths, military youths and youths interested in learning about 4-H will do hands-on activities that will givethem an idea of opportunities in 4-H and a chance to meet more people."
Lunch and snacks are provided. Kids who attend should bring comfortable clothes and shoes.
4-H day camps schedule, locations and registration deadlines (camps start 10 a.m. and end 3 p.m.):
"These camps are focused on connecting youths and also on bringing awareness to April’s Month of the Military Child," said Johnson.
Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in l986 designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child" recognizing the contributions military children make as their parents serve. Each April, all branches of U.S. military services provide special days and events to honor their families and children, according to monthofthemilitarychild.com.
"To show appreciation to military youths and families for the sacrifices they make, Wyoming 4-H educators wanted to do something to acknowledge that," said Johnson. "The camps will provide an opportunity for youths to come together and have fun with hands-on, interactive 4-H activities led by 4-H educators, extension educators and community partners from around the state."
The camps are planned and implemented by 4-H and other educators in extension and through a partnership with American Legion Auxiliary and Starbase Academy.
"It will be a tangible example of how extension supports all youths, including military youths who face unique challenges, in every community," said Johnson.
Activities will center on team building, science and healthy living.
"We will be doing different activities such as eco-bots (a science experiment from the 2012 National Youth Science Day), a nutrition lesson in which they willmake their own snacks, and other interactive games and activities," said Johnson.