Tricounty News

'Road Trip to 4-H Camp'

School is out for the summer, but youth in West Central Minnesota left the boredom at home and took on adventure at 4-H Camp. One hundred one youth from 12 different counties attended the annual 4-H Camp held at the University of Minnesota, Morris, June 19-21. This was an increase of 15 campers from the previous year. The camp's theme was "Road Trip to 4-H Camp," and the campers enjoyed four different activities focusing around: technology, video/film making, geology, and learning about different cultures. "4-H Camp is a great environment for youth to grow, learn about themselves and make many new friends," says Extension Educator Brian McNeill. In his 19 years of camping, he sees youth not wanting to leave camp on the last day. "Camp is a safe place where youth learn some independence in a supportive way," says McNeill.

The 4-H Camp was three days and two nights for grades 3-6. Nineteen youth in grades 7-12 were trained and held various leadership roles, which leads to the success of 4-H Camp. This year's co-directors were Jade Kutzke from Meeker County and Lauren Engerbretson from Douglas County.

4-H is open to anyone grades 4-12. There is even a program for K-3 called Cloverbuds. 4-H is a youth developmental program that offers 4-H clubs and 4-H adventures such as 4-H camp. If you want more information about 4-H camps or joining 4-H, you can call the Meeker County Extension Office at (320) 693-5275 (toll-free 1-877-993-5275).

Meeker County 4-H Camping participants include:

Dylan Kruse, Darrin Williamson, Nellie Laidlaw, Noah Renne, Daniel Williamson, Jayden Kruse, Allison Youngblom, Counselor Jade Kutzke, Counselor Madison Whitcomb, Counselor Kayla Kutzke, Counselor Jayson Hedtke, Anna Grimsgard, Molly

Youngblom, Mickale Stotz