GOLD BEACH – The Curry County 4-H club and the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit, are partnering to offer three surf and outdoor education camps for fifth-through eighth- graders this summer.
The first camp will be held in Gold Beach on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17. The second, the Brookings camp, will occur in Crescent City on Aug. 6 and 7 and the third, the Port Orford camp, will take place on Aug. 13 and 14. All of the camps run from 8 a.m.-noon, and the registration fee is $30.
“My goal is to promote youth stewardship,” Curry County 4-H Youth Development Coordinator Michelle Carrillo said of the camps. “It’s kind of a blend, not one specific thing. We really look to make this an educational thing.”
At the camp, participants will learn a variety of skills including how to read surf charts, the importance of paying close attention to weather forecasts and safety issues associated with surfing, Surfrider Foundation volunteer Dave Lacey said.
“One of our goals is to get kids outside and to enjoy the outdoors through surfing,” Lacey said.
Campers will also learn water and beach safety skills such as identifying different types of waves, and understanding the tides and about how coastal erosion occurs, Carrillo said. At the end of camp each day, campers will participate in a beach cleanup.
“Our outdoor resources out here are amazing,” Carrillo said. “Students should take advantage of it.”
To enroll, parents can either call the 4-H office in Gold Beach at 541-247-6672, or download an enrollment form from the county 4-H website at extension.oregonstate. edu/curry/4h.
Equipment such as boards and wet suits are provided by camp organizers.
There are currently 10 youth registered for the Gold Beach camp, Carrillo said. She hopes the final camp numbers will be in the range of 12-15 youth per camp.
“They were a big hit last year,” Lacey said. “All of the kids had a lot of fun. It was a big success last year.”
Carrillo said the Surf Riders Foundation came to the 4-H club last year, and the two groups worked to build up a program that would provide outdoor education for youth in the local community.
“It’s wonderful to be able to connect with them and to kind of join forces,” Carrillo said.