Explore health and food science with new Michigan 4-H youth camp
A new Michigan 4-H summer camp will provide youth 13 to 19 years-old with an exciting opportunity to learn about nutrition, physical fitness and personal safety firsthand.
A new Michigan 4-H summer camp will provide youth 13 to 19 years-old with an exciting opportunity to learn about nutrition, physical fitness and personal safety firsthand. To be held August 2-4, the 4-H Health and Food Science Camp is accepting registrations until May 31.
“MSU Extension is excited to offer this new camp for youth focused on healthy living,” said Julie Chapin, director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’s children and youth programs, including Michigan 4-H. “Health is one of the four H’s behind 4-H, and we’re hoping this new camp will ignite a passion for healthy living and nutrition that will become the foundation for a healthy lifestyle or even the start of a future career.”
This three-day overnight camp will be held on MSU’s campus and will include hands-on activities related to the food and sports sciences, physical fitness, nutrition and personal safety. Attendees will also learn more about health-related careers and cutting-edge MSU research related to food science. Campers will stay in MSU’s Shaw Hall and tour several MSU research facilities as they experience life as an MSU student for three days.
In addition to interactive learning activities, the 4-H Health and Food Science Camp will engage youth in personal reflections about their own experiences and lives. Youth will strengthen their critical thinking and problem solving skills as they form teams and develop a plan for addressing health issues in their own communities. As they tackle this task, youth will become empowered with essential leadership skills as they learn to examine situations, ask questions and create solutions.
“We’re so thrilled to host this camp for the first time this year,” said Michelle Neff, MSU Extension 4-H healthy living educator. “We’ve planned so many fun and hands-on activities for the youth and we think they’ll leave inspired to make some changes in their own lives, families and communities.”
Registration for 4-H Health and Food Science Camp is open until May 31 and is available to anyone 13-19 years old. To learn more about the camp or to register, visit the camp website.