ELLERBE — The time is now for parents thinking about sending their boaters, archers and swimmers to Millstone 4-H Camp this summer — especially those eyeing horsemanship and the first session of overnight camp.
Millstone draws kids ages 5 to 14 from the mountains to the coast, program director Erehn Frye said Monday. More than 450 children have signed up already — far more than half the camps’ 700-person capacity.
“We’re literally a fraction of the cost” of private and organizationally sponsored camps, Frye said, and offer the same programming. The camp has been in continuous use since 1939, except for a few years during World War II, when it was used for military R&R. The oldest 4-H camp in North Carolina, it will celebrate 80 years in 2019.
The camp dining hall and cabins are venerable, having been built by workers in President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. Occupying 320 acres, the camp also is home to a number of natural ecosystems.
Millstone offers residential camp for children 8 to 14, from June 17-22 and Aug. 8-13. Campers will live in air-conditioned cabins, bunking with others in their age groups, and pursue such traditional camp activities as canoeing, ropes courses and swimming.
Day camp for children 9 to 12 offers the chance to swim, ride horses and perfect archery skills before going home at night to a familiar bed. Day camp runs July 30 to Aug. 3.
And Cloverbud Camp, for those 5 to 8, provides a two-night experience for “the little brave ones” and their parents, Frye said. That will run July 1-3.
Millstone also offers a number of specialty camps: boating, shooting sports, horsemanship and the “Fur & Game Rendezvous” for hunters, both beginning and advanced.
Frye expects the horsemanship and June traditional camp slots to be “full within the next week or two.”
For the third year, Millstone also will offer a family camp from April 13-15. Planned activities include the riflery, arts and crafts, fishing and canoeing.
For information and application forms, visit millstone4hcamp.com or call 910-997-8255.
Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673 or [email protected]