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PORT HURON, MI -- Youth have had the opportunity to enjoy 4-H Camp for decades. It has always been tons of fun with games, water recreation, skits, and lots & lots of other kids to laugh with. It remains an important developmental opportunity for our area youth. Skills such as social, change management, and handling new situations — important skills we use to navigate our way through life, are part of the camp experience, as are new activities and learning surrounding the outdoors, and working on creativity through crafting and drama will all be part of this year's camp. Campers will have access to older youth and adults who role model leadership skills. Most importantly, the environment is very safe for them to try new things with lots of support.

Thumb Area 4-H Camp will be held Monday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Camp Cavell. This camp is for youth ages 9 to 14 as of January 1, 2015, and youth do not need to be 4-H members to attend this amazing event. Our goal is to help youth experience nature in an exciting and memorable way, while developing their independence, confidence and friendships. Camp applications are now available for pick up at MSU Extension Offices in Thumb Area 4-H Camp offers an opportunity for youth to share experiences in camping with activities including Great Lakes ecology, kayaking, tree climbing, mud hiking, swimming, horseback riding, archery, teambuilding skills, skits, petting zoo, games and crafts. Deadline to register for the Thumb Area 4-H Camp is Monday, June 1, 2015.

Camp Cavell is located 25 miles north of Port Huron on beautiful Lake Huron with 55 acres of wooded and open land, two streams, lots of trails, and a pond to explore. Visit campcavell.org for more information about the location. Camp Cavell is known for its friendly staff, beautiful facilities, good food, down home hospitality, and delicious chocolate chip cookies! Its rustics lodge built in 1929 overlooks the beach.

4-H leaders and parents are also needed as 4-H Camp volunteers. Adult volunteers must complete the MSU Volunteer Selection Process in order to attend 4-H Camp. Adults will assist the campers in various activities during 4-H Camp. Several adult male chaperones are needed. If you are an adult and would like to become a 4-H Camp volunteer, please contact Cathy Goulet, 4-H Youth Program Coordinator at 989-269-9949, ext. 609, or gouletca@anr.msu.edu for further information. This is a great opportunity for you to have fun and gain valuable leadership experience.

Scholarship applications for Thumb Area 4-H Camp are available through the Kelly Rae Flannery Scholarship Fund for Huron County youth from families struggling financially. Scholarship applications are available upon request only at the MSU Extension Office (located within the Health Department Complex), 1142 S. Van Dyke, Suite 200, in Bad Axe. For a scholarship application, please contact Kari VerEllen, 4-H Administrative Assistant, at 989-269-9949, ext. 604 or verelle7@msu.edu. Scholarship application deadline for the Thumb Area 4-H Camp is Monday, June 1, 2015. The Kelly Rae Flannery Board of Directors does not endorse any camp and reserves the right to approve or reject any application.

Thumb Area 4-H Camp is held in cooperation with Huron, St. Clair, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties. Thank you to area businesses who have donated funds so far to help offset the cost of camp: Bay Port State Bank; Caseville Small Animal Clinic; Eilber Insurance Agency; Great Huron County United Way; J.W. Hunt, OTC; and Northstar Bank. Anyone interested in making a donation to the Thumb Area 4-H Camp can contact either Cathy Goulet or Kari VerEllen at 989-269-9949. Donations are always welcome and very much appreciated.

MSU Extension is very excited to have launched a "Thumb Area 4-H Camp" fundraising campaign through Schwan's Foods, and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $500 between now and June 14, 2015. It's a super easy fundraiser and even better if you already purchase Schwan's food and snacks! :)

Schwan's will give 20% of your product purchase and/or 40% of your eCertificate purchase (one per customer, per campaign) back to the "Thumb Area 4-H Camp" campaign; and you'll get great food for your family and friends! Support "Thumb Area 4-H Camp" by going to the following link: https://www.schwans-cares.com/campaigns/20457-huron-county-4-h.

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