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Multi-County 4-H Camp By Johanna Hicks

Multi-County 4-H Camp – Explore 4-H!

               4-H is all about kids.  One of the summer highlights available to 4-H members and guests is the Multi-County 4-H Camp.  Plans are well underway, and registration forms will soon be available.  “Explore 4-H” is the theme, and the dates are July 9-11, at Lakeview Baptist Encampment in Lone Star, Texas.

               Workshops for the 2018 camp will be Nature/Master Gardeners, Archery, Real Life Skills, Re-Use Derby, Healthy Lifestyles (team games), and Ropes course (conducted by trained camp employees).  The camp facility also has a swimming pool; lake with paddle boats, canoes, and the blob; tether ball; gift shop; snack shack; ping pong tables;  and lots of beautiful scenery.  A camp nurse will be available to administer medications or patch boo boos, and Extension agents and 4-H leaders will see that everything runs smoothly.  All adults who serve as chaperones are required to have taken and passed the “Child Protection Training” course prior to attending.

               Campers are asked to bring the following: sheet and blanket or sleeping bag; pillow; towels (for bathing & swimming), toiletries; bug spray; flashlight; sunscreen; reusable drink bottle (it’s hot in July! – we’ll have drink stations throughout the camp) and money if they want to purchase anything from the camp store or snack shack.  Cool, comfortable clothing should include modest shirts (no low-cut, spaghetti straps) and modest length shorts.  Other clothing items to bring include comfortable walking shoes, lake shoes (required for canoeing and paddleboats), and swim suit (girls must wear t-shirt over suit).  Campers may also bring fun items such as card games or board games and snacks.

               We ask that campers NOT bring the following:  cell phones (if brought to camp, they should be left in the cabin.  They will be taken up if brought to a workshop and returned at the conclusion of camp); video games; CD players/iPods/radios; sandals/flip flops (the camp facility has lots of hills and rocks, so please bring closed toed shoes instead); fireworks; duct tape; knives; shaving cream; or water guns.

               Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt at registration to wear for county group pictures on the first day.

               Multi-county 4-H camp is open to all youth grades 3 thru 12.  You do not have to be a 4-H member.  My co-worker and I will both be transporting supplies and campers, as well as other 4-H leaders.  We will meet at the Extension Office on Monday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. to arrange carpooling.  The camp ends on July 11 at 10:00 a.m.  Parents are welcome to attend the closing awards assembly at 9:00 a.m.

               The cost of the camp is $115 per camper.  We have scholarships to assist students with payment, if needed.  Call the Hopkins County Extension Office at 903-885-3443 for more information.  Current 4-H members may refer to the March/April 4-H Gazette for more information.

Group of campers from Hopkins County who attended the 2017 Multi-county 4-H camp

County 4-H Roundup

               March is a busy month for our 4-H members!  We will hold County 4-H Round contests, where member’s talents and project work is highlighted.  On Tuesday, March 20, we will hold the 4-H Fashion Show, Food Show, and Share-the-Fun (talent) at the Extension Office, and archery in the Civic Center arena, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Entry forms for the Food Show and Fashion Show are due March 16.  Thursday’s events will include Educational Presentations, Public Speaking, and Consumer Decision Making mock contest.  These events will also start at 5:30 p.m.  We encourage 4-H members to contact us if they plan to participate so adequate preparations can be made.

Closing Thought

Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need – anonymous

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

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