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Gift the Gift of Camp this Holiday Season

Photo credit UF IFAS Washington County

This holiday season, many parents and grandparents will be inundated with the newest toy or gadget that is all of the craze.  I have a suggestion for you while you are making your list.  Give the gift of 4-H camp this year.  During the summer and even during the winter, 4-H youth experience camp and it creates memories that can last a lifetime.

I began attending 4-H summer camp at the age of eight.  As a new and eager 4-H member, I learned many life skills that I still utilize to this day.  Many life skills learned at camp include: making your bed, cleaning up after yourself, helping others, learning to be an independent thinker and most of all, leadership.  At the age of eight, I was a leader.  I was only leading myself, but I was responsible for myself.  As I grew in the 4-H program, I became a camp counselor and was a leader of other youth.  4-H camp taught me so many wonderful skills as a child, and I only thought I was having fun!  I ask that you give this kind of experience as a gift to your child.

When a child attends 4-H summer camp their week is full of fun and adventure.  Youth will learn to kayak, dance, and even shoot a bow!  Many of our youth experience new and exciting adventures like learning how to build a fire and even what “Ga-Ga Ball” is all about.  In addition to all the “fun” stuff, 4-H camp teaches life skills, like how to get along with others, independence and leadership.  If you have a teen in your family, 4-H camp provides leadership experiences that can help them with college scholarships and applications.

We have all seen Christmas gifts go unused shortly after they are taken out of the box.  I know that the gift of camp will not go unused and is a gift that will keep giving every year as your child or grandchild or niece or nephew grows in the 4-H program.  Contact your local UF IFAS County Extension Office and find out how to register the child on your list for 4-H Camp today.  This is a gift that can last a lifetime!