BOONE, Iowa—The Iowa 4-H Center, located in Boone County, has attracted quite a bit of interest in the past several days. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has announced that the Iowa 4-H Program that operates the year round camp, will be phasing out the service. In a press release this week, Cathann Kress, Vice President of Extension and Outreach was quoted as saying “The original intent was to offer a full camp schedule for summer 2013 at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid. However, we must limit the scope of programming we are able to offer at the center, due to staff changes and budget realities.” The releases notes that the traditional special interest residential and day camps offered to the general public will not be available this summer. Existing rental commitments at the 4-H Center will be honored but there will be no additional rentals.
LuAnn Johansen, assistant director for the Iowa 4-H Program noted that some 4-H camps have been confirmed for June through early August, including a popular Tri-County Junior Camp involving 4-Hers from Boone, Marshall and Story Counties.
The Iowa 4-H Center is owned by the Iowa 4-H Foundation but is operated by the Iowa 4-H Program. The Iowa 4-H Foundation Board will be meeting next week.
This week, a community site, Save the Iowa 4-H Center, was started on Facebook. There is also an online petition drive seeking reconsideration about the camping programs at the Iowa 4-H Center.