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All 4-H summer camps canceled

Courtesy Airfield 4-H Center

COURTLAND

To protect the health and well-being of 4-H campers and the public, in-person Virginia 4-H summer camps, both residential and day, are canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement was made locally on the websites for Extension Services in Southampton and Isle of Wight counties

Anyone who has made a deposit or payment will receive a full refund. Campers and their families will be notified as we finalize the process.

The decision, announced locally through the Extension services was made in alignment with Virginia Tech’s announcement that all summer classes must be conducted online instead of in person to help flatten the curve.

This collaborative decision was not easy to make, but we feel as though it is the right one to help reduce the rate of COVID-19 infection in the state and for the safety of the campers, their families, and the dedicated individuals involved with the summer camps,” said Jeremy Johnson, state leader of Virginia 4-H. “4-H camping is often seen as the fabric of our positive youth development program. We look forward to finding new ways to create connection, learning and to embody the 4-H camp spirit this season.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia 4-H has found new and engaging ways to educate youth through online activities, video conferencing, telephone guidance and more. For example, 4-H Congress, which every summer attracts more than 450 youth from around the state to Blacksburg, has been moved to an online format. To learn more about these activities, visit your local 4-H chapter’s webpage at www.airfieldconference.com, follow them on social media, and look at the Virginia 4-H Facebook and Instagram pages.

4-H is the largest youth development organization in Virginia, with more than 217,000 members. It is rich with learning experiences in which young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today. Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H’s “learning by doing” philosophy of youth development.