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4-H camping available for all kids: Camps to be held in June in Jackson

For kids looking for a camp to go to this summer, 4-H is having some in June for all ages.

“And you don’t have to be part of 4-H to go,” said Rachael Fraley, the Ohio State University Extension educator and 4-H youth development educator for Lawrence County.

She remembers attending 4-H camp when she was young and enjoyed hiking and the outdoor activities.

“I liked it a lot,” Fraley said. “I thought it was cool that I got to meet people from all around the regions and I could make friends with people from other counties that you could see year after year at the camp.

The camp, Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp/Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center, is in Jackson. Campers stay in cabins or in the Harrison-Powell Lodge. And parents will be happy to know the counselors are all trained. Activities include hiking, canoeing, lots of swimming time, line dancing, archery, shooting sports, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as games and challenges.

“And there is a big campfire every night,” Fraley said. She added that kids, depending on the camp, come from three to seven different counties.

The camp will have an open house from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Kids and parents can check out the facility and participate in some of the camp activities like fishing, archery, hiking, crafts and paddle boating for the afternoon.

Last year, around 70 kids from Lawrence County went to Canter’s Cave. There is a Cloverbud camp for kids ages 5-8, they can go overnight with a parent. There is a junior high camp and a teen camp.

The Cloverbud overnight camp is June 21-22 and parents can stay at the camp with their child. The beginner camp for third, fourth and fifth graders is May 31-June 3. The junior high camp is June 6-9 and the teen camp is June 14-17.

Anyone who would like more information about attending Canter’s Cave camp or want to join 4-H, can contact Fraley at 740-533-4322.