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Campers got to take part in fun activities such as coding and robotics, making slime, building solar ovens, making LED lightning bugs and building rockets

SAMARA WORLEIN RUFENER - The camp was open this year to all fourth through sixth graders in Central OregonOver Spring Break, 51 campers and seven camp counselors from across Oregon, including 18 from Crook County, gathered at the Crook County Fairgrounds to participate in 4-H Camp Tumbleweed High Desert.

Camp was open to all fourth through sixth graders in the tri-county area, and the theme for camp this year was Full STEAM Ahead. Campers got to take part in fun activities such as coding and robotics, making slime, building solar ovens, making LED lightning bugs and building rockets. Class instructors were 4-H staff and educators from Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties including Jon Gandy, Amanda Alps, Reaza Mansur, Christina Diaz-Toledo and Samara Rufener. On the final day of camp, participants got to explore the forest on a hike with Extension Forester, Thomas Stokely. They finished out camp by making s'mores, singing camp songs and doing skits.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, camp staff made the difficult decision to forgo the traditional overnight 4-H Camp again this year and instead opted to host day camps that took place the Tuesday through Thursday of spring break.

This year, camp was made possible by full sponsorship from Meta-Prineville Data Center. In addition to providing full financial support for all camp expenses, Meta provided extra registration fee support to ensure all Crook County campers could attend. The Crook County Fairgrounds provided the building space for camp this year.


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