MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -The Middlesex County 4-H’s Explorations Week day camp program is inviting boys and girls who have completed grades 3 through 6 to participate in a week of fun and learning.

The Explorations Week (E-Week) program, hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18. It is held at the 4-H Youth Center located at 645 Cranbury Rd. in East Brunswick.

The program aims to encourage creativity, promote self-confidence, help kids make new friends and achieve a sense of accomplishment. The theme of this year’s E-Week will be The Land Before Time.

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Attendees choose from daily activities such as rocketry, theater, archery, scrapbooking, dance, cheerleading, wilderness survival, drama and biking, just to name a few. On Friday night there is an optional sleepover with campfire and dinner.

“Programs like these are not only fun, but also emphasize the development of social interaction and other important life skills,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.

“This popular, week-long program gets kids out of the house and into the fresh air for fun and exercise,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I commend the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program for all of the educational and family friendly programs that they provide.”

The price of the program is $155 for 4-H members and $165 for non 4-H members. This price covers program materials, daily lunch, T-shirt and field trip. Arrangements can be made for early or late arrivals. The cost for this service is a one-time fee of $25 per child.

In past years, as many as 130 youth took part in this week-long program. Approximately 30 volunteer teen and adult counselors help plan, implement and evaluate the program. Each of these volunteers donates over 80 hours of their time during E-Week.

Middlesex County 4-H is a Department of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and offers educational programs to all youth, grades K through 13 on an age-appropriate basis.

To register, call 732-398-5261 by June 16.