Published: June 9, 2014

Friend's Day Camp teaches youth about being healthy and active

Contact(s): Mariah Montenegro Agriculture and Natural Resources office: 517-884-7080

MSU Extension hosts Friend’s Day Camp from July 7 to 11, which focuses on being healthy and active.

Friend’s Day Camp is a health and nutrition day camp where camp participants, ages 7 to 11, learn about physical activity, eating healthy, agriculture, 4-H and being a good friend.

MSU Extension and Branch County have linked to this initiative to increase physical activity and the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten by Branch County youth. Camp will keep children’s minds and bodies active as they learn about a healthy lifestyle.

Friend’s Day Camp hopes to provide youth volunteers the opportunity to serve the community as leaders and role models for younger community members. Another goal is that campers will observe the counselor participation in healthy activities and be encouraged to make healthy choices in their own lives.

This year, a special trip to the gardens on the MSU's campus will be part of scheduled activities, thanks to the support of the Branch County Community Foundation’s Forever Fund.

The Friend’s Day Camp will be held at the Dearth Center on the Branch County fairgrounds. The cost is $30 per child or $50 per family, with need-based scholarships available. Youth volunteers, age 15 and older serve as co-counselors for small groups. June 13 is the deadline for camp and counselor registration and applications.

Questions can be directed to Branch County MSU Extension at (517) 279-4311. Applications for campers and counselors are available at the office at 570 Marshall Road, Suite C and online.