Tift County, Georgia, elementary school students who are buzzing with excitement to attend the University of Georgia Bug Camp are encouraged to apply. Registration for the camp ends this Friday, May 5.
The camp, hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Department of Entomology, will start Tuesday, May 30, and end on Friday, June 2. It will be held in the Nationally Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) Building on the UGA Tifton campus. Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. daily and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Activities are geared toward elementary school students, but children ranging in age from kindergarten through middle school may attend.
“It is designed to be very interactive,” said Breanna Coursey, camp contact in Tifton. “It does not involve sitting in the classroom all day. They’ll take some trips and go out to explore.”
Children will take part in a series of activities and labs taught by CAES entomologists and students. Lessons will cover the good and bad effects of insects on the community, the spread of diseases by insects and ways in which insects pollinate crops. Campers will also collect insects.
“We want students to have the opportunity to have fun and enjoy their summer,” Coursey said.
There have been several bug camps on the UGA Athens campus, but this is UGA-Tifton’s first. Marianne Shockley, UGA Cooperative Extension entomologist, designed the camp and is excited about the impact it could have in Tifton.
“These camps are exciting because they introduce students to a lot of insects they may not have known about before. Children need to know that not all bugs are bad, but they also need to be made aware of the dangers of some insects that we may take for granted,” Shockley said.
Registration for the camp is available at blog.caes.uga.edu/bugcamp/registration. Registration must be completed online. The cost to attend the camp is $130 and can be paid online or by mail. Checks should be made payable to “UGA” and mailed to University of Georgia, Department of Entomology, 120 Cedar Street, Biological Sciences Rm. 413, Athens, GA 30602.
Discounts are available for families with multiple children attending Bug Camp and for UGA employees’ children.