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4-H summer travel opportunities

One of the most common remarks heard from current and former Putnam County 4-Hers is how awesome their camp experiences were while in the 4-H program or what a great experience to be on a college campus for science workshops.

Most will make lifelong friends while participating in these experiences. Also, one may participate in one of these events to complete one’s 4-H experience or continue to achieve more in the program. There is no requirement to exhibit or do other 4-H activities if one solely wants to participate in a camp or state workshop.

Youth interested in 4-H camp must be in grades three through six as of January 1, 2024. Camp occurs at Shakamak State Park. Departure is 11:30 am, Monday, June 3rd with a return of 11:00 am, Thursday, June 6th. Youth learn lifelong skills, have a great time swimming, and make new friends. The deadline for youth to enroll for camp is Wednesday, May 15th or as long as space is available. Registration must be submitted via 4honline https://Putnam4-HCamp2024.4honline.com to the Purdue Extension-Putnam County office. Health forms must also be completed in 4honline and a medicine form (if meds needed) completed at departure. Camp registration will occur within the 4-Hers account in 4honline and payment can be mailed or dropped off at the Extension office and must be made by May 15. Thanks to TSC Paper Clover funds that help to offset significant increases in costs. Camp will be $120 (decrease of $10 from 2023) this year and include all meals, t-shirt, lodging, etc.

Numerous statewide 4-H summer events in 2024 are planned to occur.  4-H Academy, 4-H Round-Up, 4-H Band and 4-H Chorus will be in June. The fabulous career and workforce programs of 4-H Academy for grades 9-12 will be June 12-14 and the 4-H Roundup for grades 7-9 will be June 24-26. If a 4-Her does not attend these two events at least once during a 4-H career, one is really missing out. In the 4-H Academy the aviation participants fly a plane and the first responders are very hands on with local hospitals and emergency first responders for example. Visit https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/get-involved/state-programs/index.html for more details of all state trips.

And finally, for those who would like to work in the Indiana State Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall having the opportunity of meeting other 4-Hers from around the state, these are paid opportunities to work during late July and August with the entry and display of 4-H projects at the Indiana State Fair. Contact the office if you are interested in this opportunity so we can get you the information.

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Evening and lunch appointments are available, upon request. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming Events

Apr. 26 – Artificial Intelligence in Farm Management, 12 Noon, register at https://bit.ly/WIAWebinars2024

Apr. 27 – Plant Auction, Putnam Co. Fairgrounds, 9:15 am preview, 10 am auction start

May 1 – Forest Measurement & Inventory Workshop, 6-8 pm, DePauw University Nature Park, Register at https://tinyurl.com/PutForest24

May 7 – Primary Election Day, all county offices closed including Extension

May 15 – All 4-H Livestock must be enrolled in 4honline. Firm Deadline.

May 15 – Registration deadline early 4-H Roundup and other state workshops.





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