LaSalle Parish fourth through sixth grade 4-H members dove into summer fun at 4-H Camp Grant Walker May 20-24, 2019. Each day of camp is filled with something new and different to excite, engage and encourage personal growth.
Youth participated in the educational track of their choice. Fun hands-on educational tracks available included: Renewable Energy, Food and Fitness, Science Engineering and Technology, Outdoor Adventures, Explore Louisiana: Wetlands, Wildlife and you, Dramatic Arts, and Hunter Safety. Afternoon recreation activities included standup paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking, archery, line dance lessons, a trail hike ending with creek wading, tubing and so much more.
LaSalle Parish sixth grader Wyatt Wheeler said what he likes most about camp is making new friends, but he has learned useful things, too, such as important ATV safety rules. “We are supposed to go riding on a trail tomorrow, and that will be really fun,” he said. Wheeler said he learned many tips that will be helpful on the trail, like braking techniques, how to lean into turns to help stay balanced and how to stand up when going over large bumps to better control the vehicle.
Camp not only provides an avenue to learn and have new experiences, but also serves to develop a youth’s since of independence and responsibility. “For several of our campers it was their first time away from home,” stated Silas Cecil, Extension Agent. “In our cabin, youth learn to make their bed, pickup after themselves, use a broom, follow the daily schedule and plan accordingly, and even more importantly how to work together with everyone else in the cabin which enhances their social skills,” stated Cecil.
4-H Camp strives to develop a variety of life skills related to Head, Heart, Hands and Health. One of the most important skills children learn from camp is self-sufficiency. That is, they learn how to survive five days and four nights on their own in a safe and structured setting.
For more information on 4-H and other youth development programs contact your local Cooperative Extension Service at (318) 992-2205.It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the ground of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age or disability.
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