Registration open for University of Illinois Extension 4-H Summer Camps and Youth Programs

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Gear up for some summertime fun with University of Illinois Extension and 4-H. They have organized several great summer camps and programs open to all youth.  Campers can register online at Each camp has a supply fee. For those enrolling in 4-H for the first time this year, there is a $20 annual program fee. Once they’ve enroll as a 4-H member they will only have to pay the supply fee for other camps through August 31, 2015.  There are full and half-fee supply waivers for families in need.  For more information call the University of Illinois Extension office at (309) 756-9978. 

Disc Golf Club, Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 10 a.m. in Camden Park, Milan, IL

Spend your Saturday mornings outdoors playing golf with Frisbees at the Camden Park Disc Golf Course in Milan, IL.  Local disc golf enthusiasts will share tips and strategies with club members who will have fun playing and developing their disc golf skills.  All disc golf equipment will be provided.  This club is open to all youth and teens ages 8 to 18.  There is a $5 supply fee. (Youth not a member of 4-H will also pay the $20 program fee.)     

Participants wanted for the 4-H Pledge Run to Stop Hunger, Tuesday, July 14, 8:30 p.m., Rock Island County Fairgrounds, East Moline, IL

Rock Island County 4-H is hosting a pledge “Run to Stop Hunger” on Tuesday evening, July 14 at the Rock Island Fairgrounds. Check in begins at 8:30 p.m. with the run starting at 9 p.m. The goal is to help raise money to help the River Bend Foodbank feed hungry children in our local community. You can download a run pledge form from the University of Illinois Extension website to accept pledge sponsors. For every $150 raised the Foodbank will be able to provide a hungry child with nourishing food for the entire school year. Want to join the run? Just pay the $15 registration fee at check-in.  For more information visit University of Illinois Extension’s website at and look under 4-H Pledge Run Form.

Ecology Camp, June 15-17 from 9:00 a.m.- Noon, Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island, IL

Youth ages 7 to 12 will explore nature and science through hands-on discovery at the gardens of the beautiful Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL. For three action packed days, campers will explore ecosystems and watersheds, learn about the importance of soil health and insects, and discover the all-important human/plant connection. Having fun with new friends, exploring the gardens, discovering through hands-on experiments, enjoying a daily snack and creating treasures to take home each day makes this a summer camp your child won't want to miss! There is a $35 supply fee. (Youth not a member of 4-H will also pay the $20 program fee.)   

Rifle Shooting Sports, Tuesdays, June 16 – July 28, 5 – 7 pm, Nice Shot Shooting Range in Laura, IL

Youth ages 10 and up are invited to develop their rifle shooting skills in this 4-H Shooting Sports Club using .22 caliber rifles.  It will take place at the Nice Shot Shooting Range in Laura, IL from 5 – 7 pm on Tuesdays June 16 – July 28.  Equipment will be provided. The cost is $10 per session per youth for eight sessions and the $20 4-H enrollment fee if not a member. The youth can bring their own ammunition, or purchase from the shooting sports instructor. 

Youth Food Preservation Workshops, Sundays July 19 & August 2, 2 – 4 pm, Camden Center, Milan, IL 
University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with Hy-Vee will be holding two food preservation classes for youth ages 9 to 14 years old.  Utilizing curriculum from “Put it Up!" by the National Center for Home Preservation they will learn how to can their own salsa on July 19, and on August 2nd they will learn how to freeze and dry vegetables and make their own jam and freezer pickles.  The cost is $12 per class or $20 for both sessions. (Youth don’t have to enroll in 4-H to take this class.) Programs will be held at the Milan Camden Center, 2701 1st Street East, Milan, IL. 

Summertime Explorers Day Camp, June 22-25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Black Hawk Park, Rock Island, IL  

Youth entering 3rd through 6th grades will have a great time exploring a new topic each day at Summertime Explorers Day Camp.  There will be Nature Day with scavenger hunts & trail hikes; Science Day with experiments in earth, wind, fire and ice; a Fun with Fitness Games Day; and a Day of Arts making crafts and doing creative drama activities.  The camp will be held at Singing Bird Lodge at Black Hawk Historical Site, 1510 46th Avenue, Rock Island. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. There is a $40 supply fee. (Youth not a member of 4-H will also pay the $20 program fee.) 

Outdoor Adventure Camp, June 29-July 2 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Rock Island Conservation Club, Milan, IL

Youth ages 10 and older will get to experience hands-on adventures during this outdoor camp at the Rock Island Conservation Club.  They will get to do a variety of activities in the great outdoors including archery, arts & crafts, outdoor cooking, science investigations, water testing, nature hikes, outdoor games, and much more! The camp will be held at the Rock Island Conservation Club located on Big Island in Milan, IL. Special presentations will be made by guests from Living Lands and Waters, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Nahant Marsh and Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Don’t miss spending a fun-filled week in the great outdoors with new friends learning new skills.  There is an $80 supply fee. (Youth not a member of 4-H will also pay the $20 program fee.) 

Horse Experience Camp June 29-July 2, Mornings 9:30 am – 12:30 pm or Afternoons 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., New Kingdom Trail Riders, Sherrard, IL

Explore the world of horses. Youth entering 5th – 8th grades will learn what it takes to groom, halter and ride horses. This camp is designed for beginners and will allow youth to get up close with live horses each day. The camp will be held at New Kingdom Trail Riders, 18929 81st Street in Sherrard, IL . There is a $45 supply fee. (Youth not a member of 4-H will also pay the $20 program fee.) 

Robotics 4-H Summer Camp, June 29-July 2, 1 – 4 pm,  Community Education Center, Kewanee, IL

6th to 8th graders are invited to learn more about robotics as a competitive sport with the Kewanee High School Robotics Teams.  They will show participants about the specific components used in their builds, as well as aspects of brainstorming, designing, building, programming, team building and safe tool use. Campers will work together in small groups to design and build robots which will be tested during a competition at the end of the week.  There is a $10 supply fee.  (Youth not a member of 4-H will also pay the $20 program fee.) The camp is open to 30 kids in grades 6th – 8th (10 kids per grade level).

CEO in Training Teen Summer Camp August 3 - Friday August 7, 10 am- 1:30 pm, Mercer County Health Department, Aledo, IL 
If you’ve watched shows like Shark Tank and the Apprentice you’ve seen how innovative people can turn great ideas into profitable businesses.  Mercer County 4-H is giving teens the opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to run a small business.  Campers work together to develop a product or service using the skills and tools learned through hands-on team challenges and support from guest entrepreneurs.  It will all culminate in a “Shark Tank” inspired presentation by your team to showcase your product, service or business idea.   A great camp to develop future career goals!  There is a $15 supply fee. (Youth not a member of 4-H will also pay the $20 program fee.) It’s open to all Junior High and High School students ages 12—18 years old.  It will take place in the conference room of the Mercer County Health Dept., 305 NW 7th St., Aledo, IL.

Picture This Photography Camp, August 3-7 from 9-11:30 a.m. Community Education Center, Kewanee, IL

Grab your digital camera and learn how to turn the ordinary into extraordinary with the right photo techniques. You'll learn the trade secrets of professional photographers as you practice taking photos both indoors and outside. The club is open to all youth ages 8 to 18 and will meet at Black Hawk College's Community Education Center, 404 E. Third Street in Kewanee. There is a $5 supply fee. (Youth not a member of 4-H will also pay the $20 program fee.) Digital cameras (not cell phones) required.