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Nebraska 4-H Camps now open for registration


Nebraska youth looking for a fun summer camp to attend need look no further than Nebraska 4-H Camps late May-early August near Gretna, Alma or Halsey, the director of Nebraska 4-H camp operations said.

Registrations now are being accepted for the Nebraska 4-H Camps and Centers, which are open to all youth. Campers who register before April 1 receive a 10 percent discount.

The camps are open to a variety of audiences and age groups and offer an assortment of camp lengths, interest areas, locations and prices. There are over 40 day and overnight camping programs and trips scheduled for summer 2009.

"All Nebraska youth can enjoy a 4-H camp this summer," said Jill Walahoski, director of 4-H camp operations. "4-H Summer Camp is a place for anyone to discover, learn and grow. Whether their interests are in tubing down the Niobrara, navigating a robot with GPS or zipping down a zip-line, there are a lot of things for anyone to learn about."

Facilities are modern and well-maintained, and staff is employed and trained by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, which through the 4-H youth development program has been offering 4-H camps for over 50 years, Walahoski said.

All three sites are ACA Accredited which means each operation meets over 300 standards established by the American Camp Association.

"The Nebraska 4-H Camps and Centers through their strong affiliation with UNL provide an outstanding camping experience for all youth," Walahoski said.

The Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna is a 30-minute drive from Omaha and Lincoln. It is just 8 miles south of Gretna and shares 350 acres with Schramm State Park and the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and Outdoor Education Center.

The South Central 4-H Center is on the north shore of Harlan County Reservoir, the state's second largest reservoir.

The Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey is located in the Nebraska National Forest, meshing with the state's scenic Sandhills.

For more information about the 4-H Camps, to register online or obtain a registration form, visit the 4-H Camps' website at http://4h.unl.edu/camps, call Jason Villalobos at 402-472-2846, e-mail jvillalobos2@unl.edu or contact a local UNL Extension office.

Nebraska 4-H is part of UNL Extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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