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Kids Camp Wild enjoys third season



Published: Tue, September 10, 2013 @ 8:31 a.m.

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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Kids Camp Wild 2013 took place Aug. 12 through 15 at Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center. It is a four-day camp that is the dream of Jenna DePizzo, a senior at Slippery Rock University. Above are the morning campers and below are the afternoon campers.

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Kids Camp Wild 2013 took place Aug. 12 through 15 at the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center, 520 W. Main St.

The four-day camp is the dream of Jenna DePizzo, a senior at Slippery Rock University. She is certified in the Division of Wildlife’s Growing Up! Wild and Project Wild programs.

The camp started in 2011 with 27 campers and has doubled its size in three years. Each day features different learning goals including the five senses: plant life, wet water and bats and bees. Campers also explore nature, math and science and DePizzo emphasizes the importance of giving to the community. High school counselors; Kiersten Heckel, 4-H Extension educator; and parent volunteers work with DePizzo and the campers.

Sponsors of the camp are the Trumbull County 4-H Advisory Committee, which provides funds for educational resources, and the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District, which supplies funds for camp shirts, mailings and other materials.

Several speakers addressed the campers: Kimmer Wolfinger of Trumbull County Beekeepers, Brian Taylor of Bazetta Fire Dept., the Army Corps of Engineers, and Amy Reeher and Kelly Hardval of Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District.

To view photos of this year’s camp visit flickr.com and search for Kids Camp Wild. To view the campers’ water conservation commercial, search for Kids Camp Wild water conservation commercial on youtube.

For information about attending or volunteering for next year’s camp, contact DePizzo at jad2429@sru.edu or the Ohio State University 4-H Extension Office at 330-638-6783.


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