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Science Sleuths to Follow the Clues at School Vacation Camp in Lyndon

Lyndonville--Wanted: Northeast Kingdom youths interested in exploring the process of forensic crime solving through hands-on crime scene processing, evidence collection and more.

Anyone in Grades 5-8 may sign up for the Crime Scene Investigation and Invention Vacation Camp, Feb. 25-28. Sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H, the camp will be held at Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Students will learn how real-life crime scene investigators solve crimes by trying their hand at finger printing and lifting, crime scene photography, cryptography and other digital forensics techniques. They will take part in "Who Done It?" mystery games and other team-building exercises as well as activities that call on their science and engineering skills to discover how inventions make a difference, including improving people's lives.

Registration is $75 but free for anyone with a parent or guardian serving in the Vermont National Guard or regular armed services. 

Scholarships are available for non-military kids. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a bag lunch and beverage each day.

The registration deadline is Feb. 18. Space is limited, so register early.

Please contact Freddie Losambe, AmeriCorps--Northeast Kingdom Initiative member, at (802) 751-8307, ext. 364, or by e-mail at to register or for more information. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, call by Feb. 19.

UVM Extension will offer another 4-H science camp with a different theme for students in Grades 5-8 during school vacation week, April 15-19. For information, contact Lindsay Jones, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (802) 888-4972, ext. 409, or