The camp will be held at Canter's Cave 4H Camp. File photo.
The camp will be held at Canter’s Cave 4H Camp. File photo.

What do your children or grandchildren want to be when they grow up? Do they want to be scientists, doctors, or engineers? What about farmers or video game designers? Maybe they want to work with animals? Or would they rather play with computers? A few days at STEM Camp might help them decide. And, they’ll have fun along the way!

Boys and girls currently in 5th through 7th grades from an eleven-county region in southern Ohio are invited to attend STEM Camp at Canter’s Cave this summer. The region includes Adams, Brown, Gallia, Jackson, Highland, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties. The camp is being planned and implemented by OSU Extension professionals from several of these counties. Both 4-H and non-4-H youth are invited to attend.

The camp will begin after lunch on Monday, June 6, and end late morning on Wednesday, June 8. It will be held at the Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center/Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. The camp is an ideal setting for such a program, offering an abundance of natural resources and traditional camp activities. During the three-day, two night camp, participants will participate in both special workshops focused on STEM and in some of those traditional camp activities – with a STEM twist.

What’s STEM? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. But, this camp won’t feel the least bit like school. Participants will select two STEM areas to explore in-depth. Choices include Aerospace, Robotics, Environmental Science, Food Science, Animal Science, Forensic Science, Engineering (session full,) and Life Science. Campers will enjoy many hands-on activities and learn about careers in the field. They’ll also participate in team building “engineering” challenges, explore the night sky, and learn about the science of fire during a traditional campfire. And, they may have to learn something about food science as they work together to prepare their evening snacks. This year’s camp will once again feature a visit from OSU’s Dr. Bob (a science guy).

The fee to participate in STEM Camp is only $65 per camper. Only the first 90 registrants will be accepted, and all registrations are due by May 1. Registered youth will receive additional information and forms through the mail which will need to be completed and returned prior to the start of camp.
An event brochure/registration is available on the web at adams.osu.edu. For more information, contact Michelle Stumbo, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, OSU Extension Meigs County via phone at 740-992-6696 or email at stumbo.5@osu.edu. Additional camps are also available for youth ages 5-18. Contact the Extension Office for additional information or check out meigs.osu.edu.

STEM Camp is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation and OSU Extension in Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties. Camp is open to all youth completing 5th through 7th grades this spring, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability. Youth do not have to be currently enrolled in the county’s 4-H program to participate in STEM Camp.