Your 2014 State Council

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Planning, Preparing, and Anticipating! 4-H Summer Camp!

          Where’s the best place to find a super 4-Her? 4-H summer camp, of course!

          The blustery February weather hasn’t stopped our camp staff from preparing fun-filled activities for summer 2013!  For the 3rd year now, I have the opportunity to serve as a counselor at the Northwest Regional 4-H Summer Camp.  After our recent camp-planning meeting, I found myself reminiscing about great times with friends, camp songs, skits, canoe rides, and hikes!  I have made some good memories and met many of my best friends at camp.  I eagerly anticipate heading of to camp again this June!

Summer camp is a place to learn, have fun, gain confidence, and make new friends.

What do we learn at summer camp? Each year camp has a theme and there are plenty of workshops based that theme.  For instance, last year our theme was “The Science of Motion”. We built and set in motion propellers for a wind turbine that generated energy. Other themes or workshops from past camps include nature sciences, where we learn about the environment and what can be harmful and what is healthy for it. While learning this campers were able to canoe across a river, hike to a waterfall, and swim in the pool of water beneath it.  Past workshops were also designed to teach life skills, such as teamwork, cooking, swimming, safety, healthy living, and leadership.

Although we do a lot of learning at camp, it isn’t entirely about business. There’s plenty of fun to be had, and 4Hers definitely know how to have a good time!  Every morning there are early bird activities, where campers can swim, dance, or play other team sports. After we eat, we sing some pretty awesome camp songs to keep everyone excited! If there’s ever any down time that gets too boring, the counselors know plenty of group games that can be played in a moments notice. The senior counselors who teach the workshops are very enthusiastic, and make learning fun for everyone involved. There are no lectures, just hands on learning. Most campers will tell you that one of their favorite times is when groups put on skits that they’ve created.  You never know what unique characters may appear!

While enjoying camp, 4-Hers may be unaware they are also heightening their communication, teamwork, problem solving, and decision making skills.  That’s because they are having a great time while doing so!  Not only that, many parents say that they feel their son or daughter is more independent and responsible due to their camp experience. It’s always a good thing to make your parents happy, right?  Perhaps the most significant benefit from the camping experience is making wonderful, new friends! 

“Riding the Waves” is the theme for the 2013 Northwest Regional Camp.  There we plan to surround ourselves with activities regarding waves of light, sound, and of course of water!  Be on the lookout for the camp brochure and don’t miss the sign up dates!   If you are not in that part of the state, check with your extension agent or look at your area 4-H newsletter for more information about when, where, and the theme of your area 4-H summer camp.  4-H camp is definitely a worthwhile experience that you don’t want to miss!

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