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Fifty students, ages 9-13, from Harlan County will be attending 4-H Camp at J. M. Feltner 4-H Camp in London June 23- 26.


Campers will have about 20 classes from which to choose during the four day event. Each camper will select four classes for each day. Some of these classes will be basketball, arts and crafts, nature, archery, no-sew fleece, volleyball, riflery, swimming, canoeing, ropes challenge, foods classes, sewing, tennis, line-dancing, games and recreation. Sally Dancing and a Farewell Campfire are among other special events for this week. This year Harlan is camping with Laurel, Johnson and Wolfe counties.


Nights and afternoons will be filled with many special events. These may include swimming, water Olympics, hayrides, pizza parties, carnival games, campfires, and paddle boats. A polar bear swim will be a special event for all brave campers at 6:30 a.m. on some mornings.


Campers will stay in cabins with 14 or 24 other campers, a teen camp leader, and an adult counselor. Campers will sleep in bunk beds with real mattresses, so remember to pack a sleeping bag or bring sheets, blanket, and pillows. Bathhouse facilities include showers, toilets, sinks and even hot water.


Extra spending money may be brought for sodas, T-shirts, crafts, snacks or Country Store items.


Campers will also need to pack soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, washcloth, towels, comb or brush, and other personal items. We will be walking a lot so make sure you pack shoes that are comfortable and sturdy.


You might want to bring two pair in case of rain and mud! Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tops, rain gear, sweat shirt or light jacket, swimsuits (no cut-offs for swim wear, please), socks and under clothing are the remaining items you need to pack. You might want to bring a few dollars for snacks and postcards.


One carton of milk is provided with each meal. Extra cartons of milk are 25 cents each. No camper should bring more than fifteen dollars to camp. If the camper must call home, to avoid collect call charges, you might want to send a calling card for him or her to call home.


A copy of each camper’s health insurance or medical card must be presented to the 4-H agent before June 16. Medications must be in the original prescription bottle or container, placed in a zip lock bag and labeled with the camper’s name. These must be given to the agent or 4-H assistants before the bus departs on June 23.


What not to pack! Please do not bring expensive cameras, watches, jewelry, a lot of money, or other valuable items which might get misplaced. Absolutely NO cell phones or pagers, please, just stick to the calling card. NO tape players, jam boxes, radios, electronic games (Game Boy, PSP) or CD players should be taken to camp. The best place for these items is home. This is an outdoors adventure. Campers, please, remember only ONE suitcase per person plus bedding.


The 4-H Camping Program teaches leadership skills and responsibility while campers are experiencing the time of their lives. Campers will have different responsibilities, including tidying up cabins, helping serve meals and cleanup of cafeteria and grounds.


Camp orientation sessions will be held May 22 and June 16 at the Harlan County Cooperative Extension Depot, 110 River Street in Harlan. Each camper and his or her parent or guardian must have attended one of these sessions to be able to attend camp. Rules will be discussed and questions from parents and campers will be addressed. If the camper and parent or guardian does not attend one of the above Camp Orientation Sessions, he or she will not be allowed to board the bus to go to camp. Attendance at 4-H Camp Orientation is mandatory.


Campers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at James A. Cawood Elementary School parking lot on June 23. Buses will depart at 9 a.m. for camp. Buses will return to JACES parking lot between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. on June 26. Parents or guardians must be on time to pick up their campers. Each camper must have the health form filled out on the second page of the application. The school nurse, a doctor or health department official may fill out these forms and sign them.


J. M. Feltner 4-H Camp is located in London across form Levi Jackson State Park just off Highway 229. Directions to camp from Harlan are: Highway 119 to Pineville, take Highway 25E north to Barbourville, take Highway 229 to J. M. Feltner 4-H Camp on the right at Levi Jackson State Park. The camp is approximately one and one-half hours from Harlan.


The camp price for this year is $166 per camper.


J.M. Feltner Memorial 4-H Camp, near London, KY covers 182 acres of scenic foothills near the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Levi Jackson State Park. The camp serves 32 counties and can accommodate 294 campers and counselors per session in its cabins plus 12 in the outpost for primitive camping.


Camp facilities include a dining hall, the 5-plex multipurpose building, the shelter house, nature building, country store for souvenirs and snacks and a swimming pool with waterslide. A 1 ½ acre lake provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, paddle boating, and pond studies in nature class. The camp offers facilities for archery, riflery, hiking, volleyball, basketball, football, tennis and a low ropes and high ropes challenge course. The High Ropes Course consists of a zip line and climbing wall. This year we will have a newly constructed storm shelter in case of bad weather and for extra class rooms. The shelter house or spacious campfire area is ideal for evening programs or special events.


Anyone interested in contributing to the 4-H Scholarship Fund may do so at any time by contacting the Harlan County Extension Service at 573-4464. Checks may be made payable to Harlan County 4-H Council Scholarship Fund.


For more information about this topic or about 4-H programs, contact Raymond Cox at the Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service Office or call 573-4464 or cell phone 273-0835.


Educational programs of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age sex, religion, disability or national origin.

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