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July 29, 2010
By Jim Sloan
The Nevada State 4-H Camp will hold an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the 32-acre lakefront property on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.
The event is an opportunity for 4-H'ers, alumni and other camp supporters to see the recent changes to the camp and to learn what future changes are in store. Lunch is sponsored by Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and a donation of $5 is suggested.
In addition to lunch, the crafts cabin will be open, and there will be tours of the cabins and new dining pavilion. The ping pong tables will be set up, and the volleyball nets will be ready for an impromptu game or two.
Various groups will have exhibits set up, and there will be a presentation on the history of 4-H in Nevada.
The spectacular camp setting, with its diverse forest, meadow and beach ecosystems, has given thousands of 4-H'ers a place to learn life, leadership and citizenship skills over the years. Although Nevada 4-H'ers had summer campouts on the University of Nevada campus starting in 1930, the summer camp moved to Lake Tahoe in 1934, and the current site was opened to the 4-H in 1939.
The 4-H program in Nevada has grown from several hundred members in the early 1900s to more than 50,000 today. 4-H'ers, ranging in age from 6 to 19, are involved in all types of clubs, camps and after-school programs with the help of nearly 5,000 adult volunteers.
The Open House will also give supporters an opportunity to help fund future environmental and fitness education at the camp by purchasing an engraved paver brick. Personalized bricks, on which you can have up to four lines of up to 21 characters engraved (logos and symbols available for an extra charge), cost just $50 each and are constructed with high-quality materials that will stand up to Tahoe's harsh weather.