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Columbus 4-H Camps Focus on Pets, Robots

May 24, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Students entering grades 6, 7 or 8 this fall have two camping opportunities at Ohio State University Extension's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center this summer.

  • 4-H Camp Paws, Claws, Feathers and Friends is a day camp (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) June 27 to July 1. Activities include Pets with Jobs -- Working Dogs and Therapy Animals; Lap Cats and Pocket Pets; Feathered Friends -- An Adventure at an Aviary; Helping Rescued Pets (a visit to the Humane Society); and Critter Careers. A visit to Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is also on the schedule. The $175 camp fee includes all supplies, field trip transportation, daily snack, insurance and lunch on Friday (participants should bring a sack lunch Monday-Thursday).
  • GEAR Tech-21: Geospatial and Robotics Technologies for the 21st Century, is an overnight camp from July 28-30. GEAR-Tech 21 combines robotics, GPS (global positioning systems) and GIS (geographic information systems). Participants will build and program a robot using a LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit; go on a treasure hunt using a GPS receiver; learn the basics of mapping and using GIS to customize a digital map; and demonstrate their skills at the Ohio State Fair on 4-H STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Day on July 30. The $175 camp fee includes all supplies, overnight accommodations in Ohio State University student dorms, meals, insurance and admission to the Ohio State Fair.

Registration for both camps will be open until they fill; each is limited to 24 participants. For more information and to download registration forms, see


Martha Filipic
Sally McClaskey