We started Hokie BugCamp in 2012 to offer half-day and day long experiences to youth seeking to learn about insects and their arthropod relatives. Today we offer two camps. A camp for ages 6 to 8 in a half-day format, and a daylong camp for youth 9 to 13.  Our plans are to eventually add camps for ages 14 to 18 and for children with autism. There is a fee charged for each camp to cover food, supplies, books, t-shirts, and other costs. Registration is organized through collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension - Montgomery County 4-H.

Hokie Mini-BugCamp (ages 6 to 8) was offered on July 19th, 2018. The enrollment cap was set at 25. We had 19 participating. The camp ran from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. A camp fee of $35 was charged to cover a camp t-shirt, two books, snacks, and supplies. Registration was run through Montgomery County Extension. The deadline for registation was set for July 6. A similar arrangement will be followed for 2019. 

  • "Up Close with Critters- Roanoke Times - July 19, 2018 - by Sue Clawson Wicker -- coverage of Hokie Mini-BugCamp 2018.

Hokie BugCamp (ages 9 to 13) was offered on July 20th, 2018. The enrollment cap was set at 25. We had 23 participating. The camp ran from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. A camp fee of $60 was charged to cover a camp t-shirt, two books, snacks, lunch, an origami microscope kit, and supplies. Registration was run through Montgomery County Cooperative Extension.  The dealine for registration was set for July 6. A similar arrangement will be followed in 2019.

 

 

 

A camp for ages 14 to 18 is in the planning stages. Feedback from the public indicates camps for this age are lacking in the region. We are assessing when and if we can host such a camp in 2019.

During the annual Hokie BugFest, we offer a preview of the event starting at 9:00 am for families with children with autism. We do this in partnership with the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research. We are in early talks with the faculty in the center to potentially organize a camp in the spring for children with autism.