Renovations bring state 4-H camp to a new level
By Annette Tait
Even with brand-new buildings taking shape and renovations in progress, the North Dakota 4-H Camp retains a rustic atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Set a few miles north of Washburn on 84 acres along the banks of the Missouri River, the camp has provided summer camp programs for youth for nearly 50 years.
North Dakota 4-H Foundation board members, North Dakota State University Extension Service county agents, and members of the media were able to see the work in progress last Friday during a tour of the construction activities.
“With the new renovations, I believe the camp will reach many more as it will be a state of the art facility,” Oliver County Extension Agent Rick Schmidt said. “The camp will be a new experience, even for those who have attended the camp in the past.”
The centerpiece of the $2.3 million renovation project is the Johnsrud 4-H Education Center, a multipurpose building named in honor of Myron D. Johnsrud, who served as NDSU Extension Service director from 1974 to 1986. The project also includes substantial remodeling of the facility’s three cabins, improvements to the dining hall, installation of ADA-compliant features, and expansion of outdoor camp opportunities.
“There was a huge need for bathroom and shower space,” 4-H Foundation Board Member Duane Hauck said during an overview of the Johnsrud Center.