Friend’s Day Camp teaches youth about being healthy and active

Michigan health and nutrition camp teaches youth about physical activity, eating healthy, agriculture, 4-H and being a good friend.

As the school year comes to a close, it’s time to think about keeping your kids healthy and active for the summer. A one week opportunity is Friend’s Day Camp, July 7-11, 2014 hosted by Michigan State University Extension. Friend’s Day Camp is a fun-filled, health and nutrition day camp where camp participants, ages 7-11 under the watchful eyes of youth volunteers, age 15 and older and adult leaders, learn about physical activity, eating healthy, agriculture, 4-H and being a good friend.

With childhood obesity on the rise in Michigan, Friend’s Day Camp is a way to educate youth about being healthy. As a supporter of the Branch County’s We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition), a national program from the National Institutes of Health, MSU Extension and Branch County have linked to this initiative to increase physical activity and the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten by Branch County youth. Camp will keep children’s minds and bodies active as they learn about a healthy lifestyle.

Friend’s Day Camp hopes to provide youth volunteers the opportunity to serve the community as leaders and role models for younger community members. Another goal is that campers will observe the counselors participation in healthy activities and be encouraged to make healthy choices in their own lives.

This year a special trip to the 4-H Children’s Gardens on the MSU campus in East Lansing will be part of scheduled activities, thanks to the support of the Branch County Community Foundation’s Forever Fund. Other supporters of Friend’s Day Camp include the Family Practice and Orthopedic Care Center PC, Bronson Veterinary Services, Oak Prairie Farms, UDIM, Branch County Fair Board and Branch County 4-H Foundation.

The 2014 Friend’s Day Camp will be held at the Dearth Center on the Branch County fairgrounds. The cost is $30 per child or $50 per family, with need-based scholarships available. Youth volunteers, age 15 and older serve as co-counselors for small groups. Friday, June 13, 2014 is the deadline for camp and counselor registration and applications.

Questions can be directed to Branch County MSU Extension at 517-279-4311. Applications for campers and counselors are available at the office at 570 Marshall Road, Suite C and online at

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