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Summer Camp at the Eastern Center . . . Anything but ordinary! Every summer at the Eastern 4-H Center is great, but Summer Camp 2009 may get the nod for “best summer ever”! Enrollment for summer camp was very high, and our popular specialty camps achieved great successes. Camp Canvasback, our waterfowl conservation camp for 12-17 year olds ensured that 40 youth, with the grateful help of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, received their Hunter Education Card. Take Off 4-Health, our healthy lifestyle camp matched last year’s successes and surpassed expectations. Our partnership with the Brody School of Medicine’s Pediatric Healthy Weight Clinic has allowed for this camp to flourish – we are thankful for their help, and the help of NC State’s Cooperative Extension Service Family & Consumer Science agents in delivering this one-of-a-kind program. Marine Science & Sailing Camp and Cloverbud, our “steady standbys”, eclipsed campers expectations, too! Another important summer camp program, sponsored by the National Military Family Association, is Operation Purple Camp. “OPC”, as it’s called, provides a summer camp experience to children whose parents are deployed to war. This year, the Center hosted 200 of these young heroes and led them through two weeks of fun and exciting summer camping! Of course, 4-H Camp served kids from all over our state for two weeks – campers participated in activities like canoeing & kayaking, crafts, talent shows, teambuilding, rock climbing, archery, riflery, ecology, and swimming. Another milestone in our landmark summer was Camp Kid Courage. Camp Kid Courage, sponsored by Operation Military Kid, was designed to provide military dependents with disabilities a barrier-free, therapeutic summer camp experience. These campers participated in all of the summer camp activities we offer, with some adaptations.

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