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4-H’ers attended regional camp

The 2017 Regional 4-H Camp is a unique camping opportunity for youth who have completed third through sixth grade. The camp was held at the University of Minnesota – Morris campus June 20-22. There were 112 youth from 15 counties participating in the annual 4-H Camp. In addition, 27 teenage youth who were trained to be camp counselors, provided leadership during camp.
Minnesota 4-H conducts camps all year long at various locations. At camp, youth can work on projects they are already doing or start new ones.  4-H campers have the same high-quality, hands-on learning experiences that they have in clubs, events or fairs, but can spend more time on them. Activities are designed to develop a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of nature and our relationship to it.
Research shows that a well-planned youth camp improves self-esteem, environmental awareness, peer relationships, and has other measurable positive outcomes.
Campers had the opportunity to select from one of six educational track choices focusing on various 4-H project areas including: clothing and textiles, crafts and fine arts, engineering design, food and nutrition, Rube Goldberg, and video. In addition to time spent in educational tracks, the campers also participated in large and small group games and relays,  swimming, speakers, evening programs, campfires, and flag-raising and lowering ceremonies each day.
Ten campers and three counselors attended from McLeod County: Lydia Guenigsman, Addison Kosel, Olivia Kosel, Shelby Lang, Travis Mohs, Stephanie Snegosky, Hannah Visser, Kayla Visser, Rachel Visser, Allison Willcox, and Counselors Axel Schulz, Kyle Wanous and Emily Ward.
“Youth can experience a learning loss over the summer if they aren’t involved in high-quality programs with learning opportunities that help them maintain existing skills and learn new ones,” said Dorothy M. Freeman, Extension Center for Youth Development associate dean and State 4-H director. “Camps and other youth development programs engage youth in hands-on learning and help reduce that summer learning loss.”
To learn more about 4-H in McLeod County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Darcy Cole at 320-484-4334 or visit its website http://www.exten
sion.umn.edu/county/mcleod/4-h.