Kentucky 4-H Camps Receive $50,000 Farm Credit Grant

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Recently Farm Credit Mid-America stepped up to help make Kentucky’s 4-H camps better with a $50,000 grant from its Community Giving Program.

Anyone who’s ever been in 4-H knows the club’s motto is “To make the best better.” Recently Farm Credit Mid-America stepped up to help make Kentucky’s 4-H camps better with a $50,000 grant from its Community Giving Program. In addition, the agricultural financial services cooperative is offering to match gifts from other donors up to $25,000, which has the potential to grow the total impact of its grant to $100,000.

“Farm Credit has told us for the past couple of years that they wanted to be a significant part of helping us to renovate the facilities at our state’s 4-H camps, and with this commitment they’re doing it,” said Keith Rogers, executive director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation. “Because of their commitment, we feel very comfortable in launching the four-year Phase II of the campaign for our rebuilding program.”

While all of Kentucky’s four 4-H Camps—West Kentucky at Dawson Springs, North Central at Carlisle, J.M. Feltner at London and Lake Cumberland at Nancy, feature excellent natural surroundings and resources, the cabins are sorely in need of replacement. Built in the 1950s and ‘60s, there are no bathrooms in most, requiring campers to walk anywhere from 50 to 400 feet to stand-alone bath houses. In addition, construction at that time was such that renovating would now cost more than building new cabins.

In Phase II of the Foundation’s Camp Improvement Campaign, the goal will be to replace all cabins with attractive, redesigned, standardized structures which will be more cost effective and user friendly. All cabins will have a front porch, bathrooms and the capacity for 48 campers.
Additionally, they will be handicapped accessible and have wireless internet capabilities. Replacing the cabins will both improve the camping experience and allow the camps to be used more in the spring and fall for weekend specialty camping programs.

Rogers, a former Kentucky 4-Her who still “bleeds green,” said that Farm Credit’s gift, a combination of corporate and regional funds, will be applied where the need is most pressing. This year, that is at the J.M. Feltner Camp.

“Farm Credit’s gift and matching funds will build half of one cabin,” said Rogers. “They’ve long been a tremendous supporter of Kentucky 4-H and its 228,000 members, including the 24,000 annually attend our camps.”

Farm Credit regional vice president Joel Oney is one of many Farm Credit employees who are former 4-Hers themselves and have had children in the program. He is keenly aware of the value of 4-H to the development of the state’s young people.

“We’re really excited to be a part of this,” he said. “We know how important 4-H is to the communities where we serve and live in this state. Anything we can do to help those communities develop the next generation of leaders, business folks, farmers, and residents is just part of our mission.”

About Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, ACA

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, ACA is a $19 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 95,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating, equipment and housing, and related services such as crop insurance and vehicle, equipment, and building leases. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-444-FARM or visit them on the web at

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