2011 4-H Summer Camp Highlights!

Lincoln and Taylor County youth recently returned from what may be the most memorable experience of their lives … 4-H Summer Camp.  33 campers, 7 camp counselors, and 9 adults braved the wilderness of Trails End Camp in Bruce Wisconsin from June 13-16.  Many fun and exciting educational experiences combined with a variety of weather and few bugs made this year’s 4-H summer camp this truly an event to remember.

The theme for camp this year was Exploring Space and was used throughout the camp activities.  The older youth counselors had fun with the theme when they planned, organized and facilitated nearly all of the activity and art sessions at the camp.  Campers participated in activities including a science projects, canoeing, cooking, basketry, field games, dance, areospace, outdoor exploration, shooting sports, and campfire snacks, skits and fun.  Among the many arts and crafts projects included water rockets, flying saucers, glow in-the-dark tee shirts, no sew pillows, fishing,  and baskets.  The activities at 4-H camp are intended to be educational for both the campers and the camp counselors.  They give the participants a taste of the wide variety of activities available in the 4-H program and they give older youth an opportunity to develop leadership skills.  4-H is open to all youth in grade Kindergarten through 13 (one year after high school graduation), regardless of where you live. 

2011 Summer Camp! A very fun and enthused bunch!

The first day of camp we broke into session groups and did 30 minute activities that all youth could participate in…

Fun with Goo! (learning about Polymers)

Fun with Goo! (Learning about Polymers)

Fun with Goo! (Learning about Polymers)

Fun with Goo! (Learning about Polymers)

Exploring Water Creatures!

Exploring Water Creatures!

Creating their own Flying Saucers with Recycled Materials while learning about light waves!

Creating their own Flying Saucers with Recycled Materials while learning about light waves!

Learning about our carbon dioxide they changed the color of water while learning more about our carbon footprint.

Learning about our carbon dioxide they changed the color of water while learning more about our carbon footprint.

 

On the second day of camp, campers were able to particpate in a series of hour long sessions…

We welcomed Melissa from the UW-Madison Biotechnology Lab. During time with her the campers learned about pH levels in household chemicals and how to use lab equipment correctly to get the exact measurement

Using lab equipment correctly to get the exact measurement.

Learning by Doing - the 4-H Way - is a social (and fun) event!

Deb Warren, the Lincoln County Nutrition Educator, visited for the day to help the campers make their own healthy, easy and delicious snack while learning about nutrition.

 Cleck here for the recipe of Sunny popcorn bars!

Campers made their own healthy, easy and delicious snack!

To increase paddling skills the camper and staff worked together to play a fun and active canoe game.

To increase paddling skills the camper and staff worked together to play a fun and active canoe game.

Keeping with the Space theme, campers and staff used creativity to create unique glow in the dark tee shirts that they wore at the dance on the 3rd day of camp!

Keeping with the Space theme, campers and staff used creativity to create unique glow in the dark tee shirts that they wore at the dance on the 3rd day of camp!

Keeping with the Space theme, campers and staff used creativity to create unique glow in the dark tee shirts that they wore at the dance on the 3rd day of camp!

John, Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports leaders, demonstrated safety equipment and techniques to keep gun safe before teaching how to shoot.

John, Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports leaders, demonstrated safety equipment and techniques to keep gun safe before teaching how to shoot.

John, Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports leaders, demonstrated how to safely use a gun effectively.

John, Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports leaders, keeps a watchful eye on the shooters as they put into practice what he has taught them.

on Day 3, campers had to opportunity to try sessions of their choosing!

Counselor, Bethany, stands back after giving instructions as the campers create their own fruit pizzas.

Counselor Bethany also taught interested campers a choreographed Jazz Dance!

Duct Tape wallets has become a camp favorite! It could be the fun colors or that Father’s Day is just around the corner!

 

No Sew Lion pillows make a great fair project and fun camp craft!

Counselor Suzie works one on one with campers to create a unique basket!

Campers had the opportunity to create one of 5 different baskets ranging in difficultly level so ensure that campers obtain more advance skills each time the create a basket!

Basketry is not as easy as it looks...

but the baskets speak for themselves...

almost as much as the smiles!

This year’s cabin challenge was to engineer a hover craft and that would blow the furthest in 10 second when a fan is turned on. Cabins had the opportunity to test their craft and make changes after they saw what it could do!

Counselor Megan, prepares for the water carnival! What would it be without water balloons!

4-H Camp would also not be the same without our WATERSLIDE!!!!!

These brave campers took a early morning polar plunge with the lifeguard all 3 mornings! Brave, Brave, Brave!

4-H campers also look forward to our end of camp dance!!!! LIMBO!

Most campers will tell you that their favorite part is making new friends like these young ladies in Maple cabin - dressed in their alien finest!

What makes 4-H amp so unforgettable? THE PEOPLE!

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