Middlesex County 4-H’s invites explorers to weeklong day camp

Boys and girls who have completed grades 3 through 6 are invited to take part in Middlesex County 4-H’s Explorations Week day camp program.

The Explorations Week (E-Week) program, hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program, will run Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24, with sessions lasting from

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at the 4-H Youth Center located at 645 Cranbury Rd. in East Brunswick.

The program aims to enrich the campers in several key ways: encourage creativity, promote self-confidence, help them make new friends and achieve a sense of accomplishment.

The theme of this year’s E-Week will be The Land of Stories.

Attendees can choose from a wide variety of daily activities, such as rocketry, theater, archery, scrap booking, dance, cheer leading, wilderness survival and biking. Friday night includes an optional sleepover with campfire and dinner.

“Programs like these are not only fun, but also aid the development of social interaction and other important life skills,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood. “At E-Week, 4-H offers something for everyone and a great environment to foster learning.”

“It’s great to see the return of such a popular program, and to see the County’s youth get an opportunity for outdoor fun and exercise with their peers,” said Freeholder Ronald G. Rios. “I commend the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program for all of the educational and family-friendly programs that they provide.”

The price of the program is $160 for 4-H members and $170 for non 4-H members. This price covers program materials, daily lunch, T-shirt and field trip. Arrangements can be made for early or late arrivals. The cost for this service is a one-time fee of $25 per child.

To register, call 732-398-5261.

In past years, as many as 130 youths took part in this week-long program. About 30 volunteer teen and adult counselors help plan, implement and evaluate the program. Each of these volunteers donates over 80 hours of their time during E-Week.

Middlesex County 4-H is a Department of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and offers educational programs to all youth, grades K through 13 on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.


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