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4-H Camp Renovation

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After more than 1/2 a century the 4-H camp near Washburn is getting a make-over.
This session lawmakers approved almost $1 million to renovate the 4-H Camp. 
Those state funds will be matched with $950,000 of private funds raised by the North Dakota 4-H Foundation.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has the details on this nearly 2 million dollar project.

Every year hundreds of campers from across the state spend a week of their summer at 4-H camp.
"It's fun to come and hang out with my friends for a week."
"I like shooting shotguns and archery."
"At this camp shooting sports camp, I am taking hunters education and we had ATV certification. So I learned how to be safe on an ATV."
4-Hers, counselors and extension agents are ready for a summer camp make over.
(Jackie Buckley / Morton Co. Extension Agent) "Completely redoing the sleeping quarters or cabins. They were built in the mid 60s so they really need some renovation work. Nothing has basically been done to them since then. In addition, we will be remodeling the main lodge and the kitchen to make it more cook user friendly."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "The new project not only includes remodeling the old buildings, but adding new buildings as well. The plan is to have a multi use building here to the southwest, as well as adding a livestock building on the northwest side of the camp ground."
(Jackie Buckley / Morton Co. Extension Agent) "The new building would have about 40 beds. It will also have a small kitchen and a meeting space so we could have more retreats and extension meetings. More private sleeping quarters if there are adults here so it will be more user friendly for them. Another more multi purpose building on the northwest side of our campus for livestock camp so we have a place to keep the livestock, for horse camp to house the horses and also as place where we would be able to set up some shooting benches for our outdoor skills camps that we hold as well. "
From the end of May through the beginning of August between 400 and 500 campers come to Washburn.
A number Buckley says will only increase with improved facilities.
She says the camp isn't just for 4-her's, weddings family reunions and extension meetings and retreats are also hosted here.
There's possibly we could have some sports camp activities here as well. We have a lot of green space, so for a soccer or football camps it would be ideal.

Buckley says renovating the cabins will begin this fall in order to have the sleeping area ready for 2014 campers.
She expects construction on the new building to begin the spring of 2014.


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