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First through third graders from St. Croix County gathered to experience Cloverbud/Explorer Day Camp July 31st and August 1st. This year’s theme was “Digging for Dinos”. Campers had the choice to choose between two locations, Prospect Park in Hudson and Mill Pond Park in Baldwin, to attend camp. The day camp serves to build life skills and give kids the opportunity to interact with others their age. To promote 4-H, the camp is also offered to non-4-H members to encourage new families to join.
Campers started off with learning about archeology and the skills and knowledge that is needed to find and identify artifacts from the past. Campers shared what archeology means to them by creating their own bag for artifacts. The day took off as campers and staff created fossils using things found on a nature hike. During the afternoon sessions, counselors shared their hobbies and taught a variety of lessons ranging in the importance of the American flag to teaching campers how to throw a softball. Digging for Dinos camp was an enormous success filled with hours upon hours of fun.
The camp isn’t just a great experience for campers it’s also great for the older members in 4-H who volunteered to be counselors. There was a total of five youth who volunteered to be a Day Camp counselor. For some of them this is one of their first leadership roles and others it is a way to practice their skills as youth leaders. The role as a counselor prepares youth for a possible future role as a counselor at the weeklong 4-H summer camp. The presence of the older youth shows the younger members the importance of volunteering through 4-H. Campers and counselors enjoyed this year’s Cloverbud/Explorer Day Camp and look forward to coming back next summer!
For more information about the St. Croix County 4-H program contact Marie Witzel at the UW Extension Office, 1960 8th Ave Suite 140 Baldwin, WI 54002, (715) 531-1930.