[Image: 2012 Madison 4-H Camp ]
Madison 4-H youth were among over 300 campers and volunteers who opened the summer camping season May 21-24 at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, LA. The 4-H Youth Resident Summer Camp is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and promotes fun and leaning through hands-on educational and recreational programs.
Seventeen campers, fourteen counselors and three volunteers participated in the 5-day event featuring morning activity tracks of their choice and afternoon recreational activities. Youth participated in ‘wild’ adventures like tubing, canoeing, swimming, sports, and indoor and outdoor games. They also enjoyed free time favorites like hanging out at the pool and dance hall, making crafts and visiting the camp store. Special treats during the week included a watermelon party, a hamburger cookout, a picnic lunch and a snow-cone party! Exciting educational tracks offered at camp were: Dramatic Arts, Outdoor Skills, Food and Fitness, Science, Engineering and Technology, Explore Louisiana’s Wetlands & Wildlife and Hunter’s Safety Certification Class.
4-H Camp has a rich history of providing life-enhancing experiences for Louisiana youth. Youth benefit from the camping experience in many ways. The time spent away from home encourages kids to step out of their comfort zones to try new things building self- confidence and resiliency. Adult volunteers are especially important by sharing their wit and wisdom and offering a valuable connection to home, all while providing important supervision and leadership during the week. Accompanying the parish group to camp this year was Betty Bedgood, Margaret Carter and Jean Mikeal. 4-H is the youth development program of the nation’s Land-Grant University System and is a dynamic effort designed to build citizenship, leadership and life skills. In Louisiana, it is administered by the LSU AgCenter. For more information about 4-H and other LSU AgCenter programs, contact the Madison Parish AgCenter office at 114 N. Cedar or call 574-2465.