2011-07-07 / News

4-H’ers attend summer camp on Tybee Island


Wilkes County Cloverleaf 4-H’ers attending camp on Tybee Island this year were Lexi Lowe, Flavious Zahran, Lindsey Moore, Makayla Wray, Nailah Jones, Sylvia Walker, Mathew Latty and Taylor Echols. Wilkes County Cloverleaf 4-H’ers attending camp on Tybee Island this year were Lexi Lowe, Flavious Zahran, Lindsey Moore, Makayla Wray, Nailah Jones, Sylvia Walker, Mathew Latty and Taylor Echols. On Monday, June 20, an excited group of young people and adults left for a week of 4-H Summer Camp at Camp Burton on Tybee Island. Eight 4-H’ers, Courtney Thackston serving as teen leader, County Extension Agent Audra Armour, and County Extension Coordinator Frank Watson were in attendance for this week long event.

4-H is all about fun and that is just what these kids had; But these young people got a lot more out of camp than just fun.

Wilkes County campers were involved in a well-rounded experience. They had plenty of fun through sports, games, and dances. Campers also learned new skills through crafts and activities like night turtle walks, beach ecology class, seining class, marsh class, and swimming at the beach. 4-H’ers also toured Fort Pulaski, shopped on River Street in Savannah, played putt-putt, and rode on a dolphin cruise.

“We gave them responsibilities, like keeping their cabins tidy, keeping trash off the ground, or keeping the dining room neat,” Armour reported. “We exposed them to the positive influence of talented, welltrained counselors. The campers worked together to learn personal skills that may help them get along better with friends and family,” she added.

Going to 4-H camp helps youth to become more independent and increase maturity. It can give campers a boost in self-confidence, the foundation needed to feel good about themselves. Most importantly, this group of 4-H campers had the opportunity to make new friends.

Georgia has one of the largest and most respected 4-H camping programs in the country. “Georgia Cooperative Extension programs made it big, and made it one of the best for a very good reason – a positive experience at a summer camping program can make a crucial difference in a youngster’s life,” Armour said.

Cloverleaf 4-H’ers attending camp this year were: Lexi Lowe, Flavious Zahran, Lindsey Moore, Makayla Wray, Nailah Jones, Sylvia Walker, Mathew Latty and Taylor Echols.

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