4-H to hold summer camp

Turner Pride Jr., 4-H Agent, Vance County
May. 12, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

It’s that time of the year again. For 100 years, 4-H summer camp has been a life-changing experience, offering campers a greater chance to learn, develop life skills and form attitudes that will help them to become self-directed, productive members of society.

Youth interact with people of different cultures and backgrounds, which increases interdependence, understanding and appreciation of others. It may be their first experience being an equal member of a community. Campers are exposed to professionals and role models who may lead career discussions.

Less focus is on competition and failure; more emphasis is on group cooperation and shared success. Adventures, new experiences and skills learned in an outdoor environment at camp contribute to a positive sense of self. Through participation in the 4-H Camping Program, youth learn that learning can be fun, they improve communication skills, they learn about the natural environment and they improve stewardship skills.

This summer Vance County youth will be camping at the Eastern 4-H Center located in Columbia. We are aiming to send eight or more Vance County youth to engage in this experience. An investment of $410 can allow youth from Vance County to learn lifelong skills and create lifetime friendships. The fee covers lodging for five days, a camp t-shirt, $15 of “store money,” and round trip transportation from Vance County to the Eastern 4-H Center in Tyrrell County. With the help of the community and supporters we can make this dream a reality for youth in Vance County.

How Can You Help? Here are two ways:

• Monetary donations may be made to support youth in getting to the camp. Any amount is appreciated.

• Another alternative is to sponsor (1) or more youth for camp. The amount per child is $410 for the five-day camp session.

Checks can be made out to the Cooperative Extension 4-H and mailed to Vance County Cooperative Extension Center, Attn. 4-H Camp, 305 Young St., Henderson, NC 27536. Youth do not have to be in a 4-H club to participate. Cost of camp is $410.00; financial assistance may be available. A deposit of $75 will hold your space. Apply in person with Turner Pride, 4-H Youth Development Agent, 305 Young St., Henderson. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Vance County Cooperative Extension Center at (252) 438-8188 or you may email turner_pride@ncsu.edu.