Youth and adult dairy volunteers are beginning to plan for Cow Camp 2016 which will be held on Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. The day will begin with registration at 9:30 am. Participants should bring their own calf if they have one. If a child wishes to participate and does not have access to a calf, one can be provided for them. The schedule will provide ample opportunities for great hands on learning experiences as well as time for socializing and fun. Activities will be scheduled throughout the camp to give participants experiences with fitting and showmanship as well as an introduction to some dairy science related topics.
Participants of all skill levels are welcome. Campers and their calves will work in small groups, each led by a former Cow Camp Champ. There will be time for fitting of individual animals and showmanship practice. These activities will be age and experience appropriate with some doing more clipping and others just giving it a try.
Participants should bring a bag lunch for Saturday. Dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday are included in the registration fee. Participants are not required to stay overnight if they do not wish to. Saturday’s planned activities include a small show and will conclude with a family picnic. Please indicate on your registration form how many family members will be attending the Sunday picnic so we can plan accordingly.
A current 4-H Health/Code of Conduct Form is required for participation. If you are enrolled in 4-H through 4-H Online, there is no need to send an additional health form. If you are an FFA member or junior dairy exhibitor you must fill out and submit a 4-H Health and Code of Conduct Form. Cloverbuds are welcome to participate; however, an adult needs to attend with them. Any parent wishing to stay overnight with their child must have completed the Delaware 4-H volunteer screening process.
Registration forms and the $15.00 registration fee are due by June 10th. Please make checks payable to the Delaware Holstein Association. Please mail registration form, Health Form, and fee to Cow Camp, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901. For more information, please contact Susan Garey or (302)730-4000.
Additional funding for this activity is being provided by a grant from the Chuck Busker Endowment with the Delaware 4-H Foundation and the Delaware Holstein Association. Once you have registered, additional information will be provided.