2016 Camping Highlights

— Written By Dee Smith
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Road Runner 4-Her Kacey Field preparing to climb the rock wall.

Road Runner 4-Her Kacey Field preparing to climb the rock wall.

Camp will forever be memories in the minds of 4-H youth. Carteret County took six 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. For some this was a new and scary experience because this was their first time being away from home. There was little time for worry because activities were planned for campers from wake up to bed time and they were busy constantly.

Kirsten Avery and her horse during the horseback riding class.

Kirsten Avery and her horse during the horseback riding class.

They learned new skills including horseback riding, archery, canoeing, rock climbing and some experienced the high ropes course. The youth were divided into groups based on age. 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 including how to properly wipe a table. Campers were also required to clean their bunks and were judged each day by the county 4-H agents that came along with each county for the golden faucet and silver toilet seat awards. This daily event was highly competitive and a high honor for your cabin to win these awards.

Camper also participate in environmental education classes like bugs, fossils and hikes along the beaver pond where some groups were lucky enough to see beavers and otters. Another favorite was the arts and crafts class, where they got to bring home a tie-dyed item, paintings and other creations. 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.

Aiva Nolan learns how to use a bow and arrow during archery.

Aiva Nolan learns how to use a bow and arrow during archery.

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. It’s time to start planning for the 2017 camping year, if you are interested in sending a camper next year contact the Carteret Extension office, you can reserve a camping spot now.

Group Photo

2017 Carteret BJP Group L to R:                                   Michael Chadwick, James Hagan, Kirsten Avery, Amber Lugo, Aiva Nolan, Kacey Field. With Program Associate Dee Smith