Teen Leadership Camp
June 14-18, 2021
Location: Wakulla Visitors Center
1505 Coastal Hwy, Panacea, FL 32346
UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension and the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners in partnership with the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to present a one week leadership camp for teens in June 2021.
The Wakulla 4-H Teen Leadership Camp will engage 30 youth ages 12 to 18 in an immersive, experiential camp that will develop their leadership potential while providing insights into potential career and life paths. During the week, youth will engage in hands on learning – including basic first responder training, marine science, cooking, archery, plant identification, and gardening. Youth will interact with local and state leaders and engage in real-life problem solving activities.
The week-long program is free. Registration is required. Spaces are limited. The camp is grant funded, through the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), and supported by local financial sponsors.
Teen CERT Program
Youth who participate in the Wakulla 4-H Teen Leadership Camp will be introduced to the Teen CERT program. After the summer camp week concludes, youth may opt to continue with the Wakulla 4-H Teen Leadership Corps (Wakulla 4-H TLC). Note: Commitment to the Wakulla 4-H TLC year is not required to attend camp. Youth may attend camp as a stand-alone activity.
Leadership Year with Teen CERT
Wakulla 4-H TLC Corps who choose to continue in the program will have the opportunity to complete the Teen CERT training over the course of a school year, starting in August and receiving a program certificate in May. Throughout the year, youth will engage in hands-on learning experience designed to develop leadership skills, introduce youth to potential careers, and provide youth opportunities to engage with community and state leaders.
The Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program teaches participants leadership, readiness and response skills. Through participation in this program, teens will learn to recognize hazards, man-made or natural, in order to prevent a possible disaster. Additionally, teens participating in the program are trained to safely respond to an emergency and assist victims without endangering themselves. Examples of what youth may learn include:
- extinguishing small fires
- conducting light search and rescue
- setting up medical treatment areas
- assisting emergency responders
In addition to the CERT training, youth who participate in the year-long program will be able to sample a variety of 4-H activities as well as having an array of community service and civic engagement opportunity choices. Graduates of the year long program will be eligible to pursue an additional advanced leadership development program with 4-H.
Applications for camp are due April 30. The enrollment period for the school year program will be from August 16 to September 3, 2021. The program dates will be announced in August and youth will meet monthly from September to May.