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The dates for the 2017 Hokie BugCamps are set!
New this year is the mini-Hokie BugCamp scheduled for Thursday, July 20th. The public has asked for a camp for younger campers for several years. This year we decided to make this happen for ages 6 to 8 years of age. The mini-camp is a shorter (half-day) version of the regular Hokie BugCamp geared for a younger audience.The camp will start at 8:30 am and end at 12:30 pm. The cost is also less than the regular camp - $25 per camper. This will include a camp t-shirt, snacks, and supplies.
Our fifth annual Hokie BugCamp for 9 to 13 year olds will be held on Friday, July 21st from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The cost of this camp ($50 per camper) covers a camp t-shirt, snacks, lunch, and supplies.
Both camps will be held at Virginia Tech's Price Hall (room 220). Parents can drop their child off from 8:00 am to 8:25 am in the Price Hall parking lot. Camp counselors will be present to escort their camper to the classroom. There will be a team of camp volunteers and counselors.
Camps will cover basic insect identification – followed by a “build your own collection” session that teaches insect collecting and pinning. We will also offer a special activity on an insect-related field. Campers will get a peek at some of our favorite creepy-crawlies from the bug zoo! Each camp is geared to its specific age group. Come join us and learn about the exciting science of entomology.
Open to all youth – you do not have to be a 4-H member to participate.
Bring check and completed health history form to Montgomery County Extension office at 755 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg. You can download the health history form at:
Or call 382-5790, and we will mail you a form.
Register by -- Friday, July 7th by 5:00 pm.
Additional details can be found in the camp flyer - see below.
Annually the campus awaits the ACC Football Schedule announcement in January to set other event dates. That happened right on time this year and within weeks we were able to lock down October 14 - Saturday - for the 2017 event. This will be our seventh year. As has been the case in recent years the event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. As last year we will fill the entire conference center. We are welcoming back old friends and adding or altering some of last year's exhibits to keep the content fresh. New this year will be a live butterfly room. That replaces a second art room we hosted last year. We will maintain our usual BugArt Studio and a budding artist's opportunity with Jane Blevins College Art. Creativity is a huge part of the event. Everyone will have a chance to be entomologically creative again this year. The event will continue with a kid-SAFE environment. That environment specializes in appealing to autistic children, but all kids are welcome after the event officially opens at 10 am. We notices families using the SAFE rooms last year as a low key environment to rest and relax and yet still be entertained. We will maintain these rooms again. The performances this year will be familiar -- Alberti Flea Circus, Tony the BugWhisperer, and Brandon the Balloon Guy will reappear this year. Bug Bingo, Bug Jeopardy, and a variety of other activities will return. We will have new additions to our live bug zoo, research exhibits, and collaborators in the form of museums, life science companies, public services, the New River Beekeepers, other agencies, and WDBJ7. We are so looking forward to the event again this year. We are hoping you will be too!
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