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Arkansas Outdoor School has a camp for almost everyone

Fast facts

  • Arkansas Outdoor School camps run from June 15-Aug. 7
  • AOS camps are for ages 7-15.
  • Camps based on learn-by-doing ethos
  • Science, arts, fitness all part of the mix
  • Enrollment on first-come, first-served basis
  • For info, pricing: contact Mike Simmons at 501-821-6884 or


FERNDALE, Ark. – Love science and technology? Adventure sports and wilderness skills? How about art or crime scene investigation techniques? For all those topics and more there’s a summer day camp for you this year at the Arkansas Outdoor School.

 The Arkansas Outdoor School Day camps are for youth ages 7-15 years of age. AOS is part of the Arkansas 4-H program, a research-based youth development initiative that emphasizes learning by doing. The camps run from June 15 to Aug. 7. Full camp days run from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with other camp day-length variants for busy parents.  The camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours available for busy parents.

 For parents, the camps are unique in the tiered fee structure offered to make the camps affordable to a wide range of families. Camp prices range from $190 to $346.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis with limited space.                                                              

“The Arkansas Outdoor School wants to offer experiences that youth can’t get anywhere else,” said Mike Simmons, 4-H Center program facilitator for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. “Our lineup this year is a combination of some of the most popular sessions we’ve had over the last few years plus some new ones.”

This year’s sessions include: CSI camp, Wilderness Skills, Adventure Sports, Fun n’ Fitness, Science in Motion, Arts in Action, Creativity Camp, Duct Tape Camp and the Greatest Hits Camp, combining favorite activities voted on by campers all summer long.

And of course, the camps will feature perennial favorite activities such as swimming, canoeing, archery, rock climbing and hiking.

For more information about the Arkansas Outdoor School, contact Mike Simmons at 501-821-6884 or Camp information may also be found at


The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.


The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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