Great weather and an eagerness to have fun contributed to the success of another 4-H Camp! PO-CROIX-BAR-DUN 4-H Camp was held June 24th – 28th at Camp Kiwanis located in Marine on St. Croix. The camp consists of Polk, St. Croix, Barron, and Dunn County 4-H programs. The week started out with Younger Camp and Outpost during the first few days. Middle Camp then started and lasted through the end of the week.
Younger Camp was held June 24th-26th and the theme was “Disney Movies”. The camp was offered to 4-H members in grades 3rd and 4th. Campers participated in group games and crafts. Some of the activities they did while at camp include swimming, archery, horseback riding, reverse tie dyeing t-shirts, making dirt cake, obstacle course, and a pontoon river trip. Each day ended with a campfire where snacks were served and counselors led skits and songs.
Outpost Camp was offered to 4-H members in grades 7th and 8th. The camp was also held June 24th-June 26th. These campers had the opportunity to test their limits while developing leadership and teamwork skills. Outpost campers were responsible for canoeing to their campsite, setting up their tents, making a campfire, and cooking their meals. Some of the other activities they did include swimming, team building activities, and teaching Younger Camp campers about outpost camp.
Middle Camp was held June 26th-28th. 4-H members in grades 5th and 6th attended the camp. The theme for this camp was “Superheroes”. At this camp, campers participated in swimming, tie dye, parachute games, large group games, rock wall climbing, archery, obstacle course, stream exploration, and swimming. Each day was ended with a campfire that included skits and songs led by the counselors. To develop leadership skills, team building game sessions were held daily and led by each cabin counselor.
PO-CROIX-BAR-DUN 4-H Camp promotes the development of skills encouraged by the 4-H program. Some of these skills include cooperation, teamwork, communication, and the importance of having a positive attitude. While at camp, campers have the responsibility of working together to keep their cabin clean, set-up and clean-up before meals, participating in all events, and being inclusive of others.
Campers are not the only ones who benefit from the camp, the counselors do as well. Planning and being prepared, problem solving, dealing with homesickness, and leading activities are a few of the skills that teens gain from the experience as a camp counselor.
Overall, the camp benefits everyone involved and is tailored to fit each age group of campers. Campers made lots of new friends both from their county and other counties. Fun was had by all and campers are excited to come to camp again next summer!