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4-H receives 4K for summer camps

Posted 5/23/2008

Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation and Reno Sertoma Club contribute donation

RENO - The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation donated $4,000 in scholarships Thursday for northern Nevada military kids to attend the 4-H Summer Camp at Lake Tahoe and the 4-H Discover Your Future Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, this summer.

"This is the first time any organization stepped up and donated money to the camp program for the youth from military families," said Warren Andersen, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 4-H military and technology assistant.

Andersen said the Hawkins Foundation and Reno Sertoma Club agreed to sponsor the grant funding to 4-H organizations. The Hawkins Foundation is non-profit and dedicated to programs benefiting northern Nevada with interests in animal assistance, youth programs and education. The Reno Sertoma Club strives to reach the community whether through education, support of veterans of foreign wars and community-related drives.

The scholarship money will help cover the cost of campers who come from Northern Nevada military families. The Nevada Army National Guard Family Program’s office determines eligibility.

Discover Your Future, a week-long program that gives teenagers an experience of college life and various skills, is from June 15-19. More than 50 students, ages 14-19, will learn about different fields of study such as science, communication, technology and engineering. They will also participate in fun activities like swimming, climbing, a barbeque and a college share fair. A GPS scavenger hunt at Rancho San Rafael Park is also planned.

"We’ll be giving them exposure to different careers and fields of study," Andersen said. "They will learn to work well together and expand their horizons and hopefully find an interest for their potential career."

Two groups totaling more than 500 campers will participate at the Lake Tahoe Nevada 4-H Camp, which will be held in July. The western Nevada group, for campers ages 9-12, will be from July 6-12. The central Nevada group, for campers ages 9-13, will visit the lake July 12-19.

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