Major donations help fund N.D. 4-H camp cabin renovations

Farm Forum

Three cabins at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn, N.D., soon will undergo major renovations thanks, in part, to three private donations.

Donations from the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, North Dakota Corn Growers Association and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of North Dakota will allow the camp to reach that goal. Each organization provided $50,000 toward the estimated $150,000 cost per cabin for the upgrades. The cabins will be named in their honor.

The North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives is one of four North Dakota electric power organizations that contributed to the Touchstone Energy donation. The other three are Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Great River Energy and Minnkota Power Cooperative.

4-H Camp renovations will focus on the interior of the cabins and include new bathroom and shower facilities, heat and ventilation. The cabins also will be modified to meet handicap accessibility needs.

These upgrades are part of a major renovation and expansion project the camp will launch later this year through a combination of state funding and private donations. Half of the money for the $1.9 million project is in the NDSU Extension Service budget approved by the Legislature and governor. The other $950,000 is from individuals, organizations and corporations through the North Dakota 4-H Foundation’s Shape a New Destiny campaign.

In addition to cabin renovations, the project includes expanding outdoor camp opportunities and constructing a multipurpose 4-H center named for Myron Johnsrud, a Watford City area native who served as NDSU Extension director from 1974 to 1986.

The camp offers a variety of experiences, from Dutch oven cooking to archery and horseback riding to hiking. Here is a schedule of upcoming camps this summer:

· July 28-Aug. 1: 4-H Adventure Camp, 8 to 12

· Aug. 1-3: Discover Camp, 8 to 11; Great Outdoors Camp, 8 to 11

· Aug. 4-8: 4-H Adventure Camp, 8 to 12

To register for specific camps or to learn more about the camps, visit For more information on how to help support the state’s 4-H program, visit the North Dakota 4-H Foundation’s website at, send an email to or call (701) 231-7251.