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Kentucky 4-H summer camping program suspended for 2020 due to pandemic, gathering restrictions


By Laura Skillman
University of Kentucky

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current gathering restrictions, the Kentucky 4-H program is suspending its traditional 10-week summer camp at its four regional camping centers.

“The 4-H camp directors are working to create an alternative schedule that will be modified based on the number of weeks available once gathering restrictions are lifted,” said Mark Mains, assistant director for 4-H youth development at the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

“We are exploring options for offering shorter sessions, weekend sessions and fall sessions with the goal of providing a 4-H camping experience for as many youth and adults as possible while ensuring the safety of our youth, volunteers and staff,” he said.

Canoes on the lake at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp. (Photo by Matt Barton, UK agricultural communications)

Additionally, 4-H camping program leadership is reinforcing its procedures for cleaning facilities.

The 4-H camping program was set to begin the week of May 25. Any fees already collected will be refunded at the county level. The 4-H camp price will be adjusted based on the length of camp depending on the alternative schedule that is selected.

Last year, about 11,000 Kentucky youth and 2,000 adults attended 4-H camps around the state. Kentucky 4-H offers camping experiences at Feltner 4-H Camp in London, Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp in Nancy, North Central 4-H Camp in Carlisle and West Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs.

4-H youth development agents in every county continue to provide quality educational and fun activities for youth and their families during these uncertain times. While the methods of delivery may be different, programs are ongoing.

To learn more about 4-H opportunities in your community, contact the local Cooperative Extension Service office. Office contact information can be found at http://extension.ca.uky.edu/county.

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