4-H Return Home From Camp

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Road Runner 4-H member, Kacey Field on her horse during the horseback riding class.

Camp will forever be memories in the minds of 4-H youth. Carteret County took eight youth to Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Camp in Reidsville, North Carolina. Youth spent six days at the residential camp doing a variety of activities and meeting lots of new friends. They learned new skills including horseback riding, archery, and canoeing, rock climbing and some experienced the high ropes course. The youth were divided into groups. Each group took turns with daily chores including setting the table and serving the meals, this alone taught many skills including place setting, manners and how to cleanup.

Jaid Goodman and her counselor during the bug program

Jaid Goodman and her counselor during the bug program.

They also participate in environmental education classes like bugs, fossils and hikes along the beaver pond. Another favorite was the arts and crafts class, where they got to bring home spirit sticks and homemade jellyfish. This year we had one Trekker camper. Trekkers are older campers that go off site and camp in tents. This year Jayden and the Trekkers canoed on the Dan River and did rock climbing at Pilot Mountain State Park, while away on this adventure. This is always a very exciting event for the older youth to experience. Other highlights from camp included the daily camp store where they could purchase ice cream and cold drinks, swimming in the lake, nightly campfires, the dance and the always exciting talent show.

Jayden Cabrera with a new friend at Pilot Mountain State Park.

Jayden Cabrera with a new friend at Pilot Mountain State Park.

At the end of the week the youth were tired and sad to leave, but were happy to be heading back home to Carteret County.

Its time to start planning for the 2016 camping year, if you are interested in sending a camping contact the Carteret Extension office, you can reserve a camping spot now.