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Summer Youth Camps

summer youth camps, youth tractor safety camp, range camp

Submitted by Craig Askim, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources

During the summer teenage kids are looking for things to do. Listed below are two educational camps that provide an opportunity to learn new things and have fun. Who does not think driving a tractor is cool or learning about livestock and wildlife management? Adults, if you are interested, there may be room for you also. Check it out.

Youth Tractor Safety Camp

Fourteen- and 15-year-olds who plan to operate farm equipment for someone other than immediate family members must complete an approved tractor and machinery safety-training program successfully.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding the camp May 30 through June 1 at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn.

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a four-hour all-terrain vehicle safety certification program in conjunction with the tractor safety camps.

The tractor safety school near Washburn starts at 10 a.m. May 30 and ends at 5 p.m. June 1.

Participants will learn:

* The rules of the road

* How to read an operator manual

* How to operate large and small tractors

Youth also will be exposed to obstacle courses that simulate farm situations.

Although the school is designed for 14- and 15-year-olds, youth who are 13 can participate. Tractor safety certification for 13-year-olds will take effect when they turn 14.

Youth do not have to be a 4-H member to sign up for the school.

The cost for the 4-H Camp school is $135, which includes lodging, meals and materials. The registration deadline is May 1 the camp is limited to 15 participants.

For more information on the 4-H Camp school, contact Rick Schmidt, an Extension agent for Oliver County, at 701-794-8748 or 701-207-0010, or rick.schmidt@ndsu.edu.

For the 4-H Camp school, send registrations to Oliver County Extension/Tractor Safety School, P.O. Box 166, Center, ND 58530. Make checks payable to Oliver County Extension.

Range Camp

The camp will take place June 20 -23 at Hanson’s Logging Cabin ranch 16 miles north of Amidon, ND. Cost is $140.00. Campers will learn how to evaluate range properly, play range games, learn about range and livestock interactions and take part in a range-judging contest. The camp is open to youth from the ages of 13 to 18 years old. No previous experience in range judging or identification is needed to attend the camp. For information on the range camp contact Kevin Sedivec at 701-231-7647 or kevin.sedivec@ndsu.edu. A detailed program will be sent to all campers that register for the camp before the June 14 deadline. The camp is limited to 40 participants.

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