Youth Art Classes and Linn Co. 4-H Camps

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NEW! Day Camps For Kids 

The Marion Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Linn County 4-H to offer some summer day camps right here in Marion. These day-long camps are educational and sure to keep your child's attention. Description of each camp located in right column. Limited number of spots available each camp.

For questions about each camp, please contact Amy Schmitt, Linn County Youth Outreach Education, at 377-9839 or by email at 

REGISTRATION FEE: $20 per camp (registration through ISU Extension)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 1 week prior to class date
NOTES: To register for a camp, please visit the ISU Extension website at
Participants should bring sack lunch for each camp. 

Camp 1: On Their Own & OK (4th-6th) Tuesday, June 11  9a.m.-3p.m.  at Thomas Park

This is a workshop that helps build skills, maturity, and confidence in youth to safely stay home alone. Topics include:
☑ Rules and a basic schedule for when your child is home alone.
☑ Choosing and making basic, healthy foods on their own.
☑ Procedures if someone comes to the door when you’re gone.
☑ Management for squabbles that occur between siblings.
This workshop does not certify your child is ready to be home alone. Your child will have fun during this hands-on workshop & leave our
workday with a family workbook to guide you through discussing expectations together.

Camp 2: Building Blocks of Entrepreneurship: Lego Challenge (6th-8th)  Tuesday, June 18 9a.m.-3p.m. at Lowe Park

Dive into the world of entrepreneurship with LEGOs! Learn what it takes to create a new idea, develop a plan, and share your results through creativity, innovation, and communication. Participants will work in teams to develop an idea for making their community a better place to live. Using LEGOs, participants will work together to build a model, create a presentation poster, and market their idea. The day will end with a fun showcase from participants for their families & guests.

Camp 3: Expand My World: Passport To Adventure (K-2nd)  Tuesday, July 9  9a.m.-3p.m. at Lowe Park

What better way to spend the day than traveling the world! Through incredible stories and engaging activities, participants will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of languages, traditions, games, music, dance and cuisine from around the world. Join us for this adventure around the globe!

Camp 4: Expand My World: Global Trek (3rd-5th)  Tuesday, July 16 9a.m.-3p.m. at Lowe Park

Join us for a global trek exploring cultures around the world! Through engaging activities, participants will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of languages, traditions, games, music, dance and cuisine from around the world. Grab your passports & join us on this amazing journey!

Camp 5: STEAM Lab: Makerspace Mania (K-2nd)  Monday, July 22  9a.m.-3p.m. at Thomas Park

Embark on a STEAM journey where you’ll be challenged to experiment, design, and build things! Immerse yourself in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) through tinkering, problem solving, experiential learning, and making. We’ll work together on challenges where participants will make upcycled crafts, design and test rockets, and even learn about basic electrical circuits. Join us for an action-packed day in our mini makerspace.

Camp 6: STEAM Lab: Master Makers (3rd-5th) Wednesday,  July 31 9a.m.-3p.m.  at Thomas Park

Explore the art of science & the science of art! Imaginations are charged as participants create and invent things to solve problems. Upcycle materials into new & useful contraptions in our mini makerspace. Use science, technology, engineering, art, & math in new and dynamic ways. We’ll explore rocket building, cardboard construction, circuit basics, solar energy, & more!


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