This spring, Virginia 4-H invites community members to lace up their sneakers for the "4 for 4-H" fun runs to be held at each of Virginia’s six 4-H Educational Centers. Proceeds from these runs will help send young people to 4-H camp, where they will learn new skills, practice leadership, and build lasting friendships.

"We want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to go to camp," said Sam Fisher, 4-H camping specialist. "Camp is not simply a location and a program. It’s what happens to campers during the event. 4-H camp gives youth the opportunity to make decisions, solve problems, and practice independence. In addition to these life skills, campers also make new friends, work with caring adults, and, of course, have fun."

Each 4-mile run will begin at 9 a.m., and locations will provide participant T-shirts and finisher medals. Run locations and dates include

Participants can register as an individual, family or 4-H club group. Registration fees start at $25 for individuals registering by April 5. On-site parking is available at each 4-H Educational Center. Contact your local 4-H Educational Center or your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office for more information and to register.

4-H is the largest youth development program in the nation. Research has proven that 4-H members do better in school, are more motivated to help others, develop lasting friendships and achieve a sense of self-esteem. Powered by adult volunteers and mentors, 4-H camp and other programs give children hands-on experiences that they may not find elsewhere. Last year more than 14,000 children attended camp across the state.

For more information about the runs, 4-H camp or 4-H in general, email Sam Fisher or call 540-231-1173.



Written by Sara Lepley, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a communications intern for Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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