The Oregon 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce that it was awarded a $135,000 grant for capital improvements to the Oregon 4-H. Center in West Salem. The funds, which come from the National 4-H Council, will also be used for camper scholarships for underserved youth.

The scholarships will be available for first-time campers in elementary and middle school through the Oregon 4-H Outreach Project. Additional information and camp applications are available on the 4-H Youth Development website.

The Capital and Access to Maximize Participation (CAMP) grant will be used to improve the 4-H Center’s accessibility. Other improvements include changing bathroom facilities to provide for everyone regardless of their gender identity or physical abilities. The Oregon 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees adopted a master plan in 2018 that calls for upgrades to the existing Cabin Village for water and septic service to allow for the addition of bathroom facilities to the cabins, which are now served by a central bathhouse.

“After serving at the 4-H Center for 34 years, I am thrilled that this funding will provide an improved level of comfort and safety for our future campers, outdoor schools and weekend groups,” said Virginia Bourdeau, professor, Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H youth development.

Oregon 4-H Foundation Executive Director Paul Carey partnered with OSU 4-H program staff Virginia Bourdeau, Darin Borgstadter, and Mario Magana to develop the proposal.

Those wishing to support the master plan fund development, may send donations to the Oregon 4-H Foundation for the Oregon 4-H Center, Oregon State University Foundation, 850 S.W. 35th St. Corvallis, OR 97333.

For more information, contact Virginia Bourdeau, 503-371-7920, virginia.bourdeau@oregonstate.edu.

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