The Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp held its Spring Family Weekend on May 20-22, giving summer campers (and their parents who wish they could be summer campers) an opportunity to spend a weekend together having fun. “One of the goals of this weekend is to provide the opportunity for brand new families to get introduced to what we do here at 4-H Camp,” said Ben Clawson, program director of the camp. “Many of our new families who attend the weekend have younger children, so it’s a great way to start a child on camp.” It’s a taste of summer camp for the whole family: campers get to live in the cabins, enjoy summer programs run by the summer staff, eat some great meals and most of all spend some quality time relaxing around the lake at the 4-H facility in Stokes State Forest.
Camper Brianna brought along her grandpa Don, who thanked Clawson for a great weekend. “You and your staff did a terrific job in keeping us busy. Keith taught me the right way to shoot a shotgun and Sean is a patient teacher who helped me and Brianna a lot. Your lady volunteers are wonderful role models: smart, adventurous and friendly!”
Camp secretary Heather Schultz said, “I always love seeing the parents and children interacting in a natural, unplugged environment.” Jaclyn Bealer, assistant program director, added “The combination of enthusiastic families and dedicated volunteers helped make Spring Family Weekend such a success. It was wonderful watching parents and children discover the camp spirit together.”
Rutgers 4-H has been running summer camps since 1951 and continues to offer the same simple, social and transformative environment of old. Campers enjoy spending a week at the beautiful 4-H facility, living in the woods, trying new things and departing with new friends, increased self-confidence and memories that will last a lifetime.
The 2016 camp starts on July 4. For more information visit the 4-H Camp website.