Burlington--Two University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H programs designed to build leadership skills through fun, interactive activities will be offered this summer for youths ages 11 to 18.

Leader Ship and the 4-H LEAD Day Camp are part of a series of LEAD (Leaders Emerging and Developing) programs that help young people become better leaders through experiential learning, mentoring, collaboration and goal setting. These programs are open to both 4-H club members and non-4-H'ers.

Leader Ship takes place at the Community Sailing Center in Burlington with morning sessions on July 18, 20, 25 and 27. It is limited to 14 participants who will learn how to communicate and work as a team as they master sailing skills on Lake Champlain.

Early Bird Registration is $160. The fee goes up to $170 after June 1 and to $180 after June 18. Registrations will be accepted online at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth until July 1.

4-H LEAD Day Camp will help young people develop leadership skills through team building and adventure activities including a low ropes course, high ropes course and climbing tower. It will be held on July 29 at the Aloha Foundation Middlebrook Campus in Fairlee and is limited to 30 participants.

The fee is $65 if received by June 1, $75 until July 1 and $85 until July 21. Lunch is included.

Register at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth. Leadership, team building and communications skills and activities learned at this day camp will prepare students for the 4-H LEAD Weekend Camp to be held Sept. 9-10 at this same location.

To request a disability-related accommodation for Leader Ship, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 16. For the 4-H LEAD Day Camp, please call by June 30.


Lauren A. Traister