Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Badger Dairy Camp, June 13-15 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Badger Dairy Camp, a cooperative effort of UW-Extension, the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science, and the Badger Dairy Club, helps young people aged 12–18 develop self-confidence, sportsmanship and teamwork skills.
The camp provides youth hands-on learning opportunities that focus on fitting, showmanship fundamentals and dairy judging. Campers also attend workshops on dairy nutrition, reproduction and veterinary medicine. Youth learn skills at the camp needed to be successful in their dairy project work while exploring some of the "science" in dairy science.
Group fitting of heifers with supervision by professional fitters, a showmanship competition and in-depth judging workshops give campers a jump on their upcoming dairy project activities. They'll also get great exposure to a university setting while exploring future career opportunities.
"This is my second year working with the Badger Dairy Camp and I truly think that is camp is an outstanding opportunity for any youth who is looking to improve their dairy cattle fitting, showing, and judging skills while learning about other opportunities in the dairy industry and meeting youth from across the country," says camp director Beth Heinze. Campers participate in a wide variety of activities: from making and eating ice cream at Babcock Dairy to reaching inside of a cows rumen.
The $115 registration fee covers dorm, food and camper activities. Grants and private sponsorships fund about half of the actual program expense.
Apply early. Applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, the camp has been filled to capacity — 110 campers — each of the last eight years. Applications and more information about the camp are available online at www.uwex.edu/ces/dairyyouth You can also contact Heinze directly at (608) 263-9409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.