Saratoga Co. 4-H Camp Wild's Summer Success
Children were treated to hikes, fishing, arts and crafts, survival skills and more
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County has been a staple in the community for decades. They are always working on new, and creative ways to provide learning opportunities for the public.
This past summer, a new program was introduced to wonderful reception; 4-H Camp Wild. Originally planned to be an exclusive summer camp enrichment program, the public demand was too great, and the program was quickly adapted to welcome everyone… and not a second too soon, each of the three “classes” sold out, and shortly thereafter a surprise 4th session did as well.
The carefully curated platform provided education to the most adventurous youths on the joys of nature. Hosted on the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center, children were treated to hikes, fishing, arts and crafts, safety precautions, and basic survival skills.
“4-H Camp Wild provides a place for kids to be kids, in a truly natural setting. Tucked into the woods along the Gordon Creek, few know of the beautiful opportunities that exist, right here in Ballston Spa.” Andrea Love Smith, Camp Director has said about the program.
The reception for this program was hugely encouraging, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County and Saratoga County 4-H have already started to focus and create more ways to provide local kids the privilege of exploring nature, while learning valuable lessons. The first event to be hosted will be the Great Camp Out on Saturday, October 12th. The Great Camp Out will be an overnight camping fundraiser to benefit upcoming 4-H Camp Wild programs.
Families and friends are invited to the 4-H Training Center to spend the evening for a great cause! Tickets are just $50 and include a campsite, dinner, an outdoor movie, and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning. There will be plenty of other activities, including an evening hike, lawn games, and even a coloring contest for the kids!
Space is limited for the 4-H Camp Wild Camp Out. Please call the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County office at 518-885-8995 to reserve your space and more details are on the CCE website
(http://ccesaratoga.org/) and social media (@CCESaratoga on facebook, @cce_saratoga_county on Instagram).
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County