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.

 

To register for the 2019 Hokie BugCamps, please mail or deliver your health form and payment to the Montgomery County Extension office at 755 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg. The deadline for registation is Friday, June 28 at 5pm. For more information on each camp, please see the drop down menus below.

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Hokie Mini-BugCamp (ages 6 to 8) will be offered on Thursday, July 11th, 2019. The enrollment cap is set at 25. The camp will run from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The camp fee this year is the same as 2018 -- $35 -- charged to cover a camp t-shirt, two books, snacks, and supplies. To register, please mail or deliver your health form and payment to the Montgomery County Extension office at 755 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg. The deadline for registation is Friday, June 28 at 5pm.

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  • "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) will be offered on Friday, July 12th, 2019. The enrollment cap is set at 25. The camp will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The camp fee is the same as 2018 -- $60 -- to cover a camp t-shirt, two books, snacks, lunch, an origami microscope kit, and supplies. To register, please mail or deliver your health form and payment to the Montgomery County Extension office at 755 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg. The deadline for registation is Friday, June 28 at 5pm.

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.