Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Junior Camp Gets Off to Fun, Albeit Wet, Start

Even Monday's typical summer thunderstorms couldn't keep Orange-Madison 4-H'ers from having a blast at 4-H Camp. In morning classes, Leathercraft students embossed and dyed 4-H clover necklaces and learned to tie square knots. Woodworking students began nailing together their projects, and proudly reported only one blood-blister casualty from hammering. (Don't worry, parents--ice helped it considerably.) Cheerleaders learned the art of working together, and the archery class was the inaugural group to use the newly renovated archery range.

The afternoon storms packed plenty of thunder and lightning, but were nowhere near as bad as the storms locally that day. During lunch, we ate with the lights out, thereby saving energy and going along with our "Go Green" theme. The afternoon program featured group games and songs, led by Summer Staff (college students who work at the 4-H Center all summer). Cave meetings were held as usual, but afternoon rec had to be moved indoors. Unfortunately, swimming was cancelled, too, but campers still had fun!

Dinner featured tater tots--always a kid-friendly food--and campers received emailed notes from home. The evening program was "Rowdy for Recycling" and featured team-building activities and environmentally-friendly games and competitions. All eight packs participated (Eagles, Rattlesnakes, Bobcats, Crows, Owls, Deer, Foxes, Hawks) while the adults (Skunks) facilitated. The campfire was held in the Center's new amphitheatre-style campfire circle. A slight stomach bug affected several campers, but don't worry parents--the camp nurse handled those problems. No news is good news! So if you haven't heard from us, your camper is healthy and having fun!

Thanks for your interest in 4-H programs, and do check back often to see how things are going! Happy Camping!