Scotland County 4-H Got Spirit…Yes, we do!

— Written By Amanda Taylor

On Friday, March 27th, nine Scotland County youth, ages 13-18 traveled to the Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center in Reidsville, NC for teen retreat. 4-H Teen Retreat is a weekend getaway in which, youth “get out of town, mingle, and learn by doing” with other teens representing 18 other NC counties. During their stay, the teens actively participate in County chants and skits; enjoy an evening dance with a disk jockey blasting tunes. Hovered over a campfire, the teens make s’mores continuing to bond. Saturdays include a day of attending and participating in workshops ranging from wall climbing to minute to win it games, as well as completing a community service project.

Attendees utilize the electoral process to elect South Central District officers for President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and Reporter. Candidates perform skits for their campaign, distribute literature, set-up a campaign booth and visit county huddles to answer questions of their constituents. This year, Taylor Davis, a member of Scotland County 4-H since the age of 5 ran for the office of Vice-President. Formerly, serving as Vice-President of the 4-H County Council, she wanted to expand her leadership reach throughout the district to 19 NC counties. Another long-time 4-H member representing another county opposed Taylor. In the end, Taylor represented Scotland County and was elected to the office of Vice-President of the South Central District 4-H Council.

Taylor’s theme mimicked the character, “Olivia Pope” of the hit show, “Scandal”, as she portrayed to be a “fixer” of situations in 4-H. With other Scotland County 4-Hers portraying as her gladiators, they performed a dance scene from Bruno Mars’ video, “Uptown Funk”. Scotland County 4-H is proud of Taylor as she represents not only our county, but assists in the leadership of the South Central District. Another victory for the county included winning the 4-H Spirit Stick. Counties earn points per their county skits and chants that is based on creativity and energy. The spirit stick will remain in Scotland County until we travel to 4-H teen retreat in 2016, as we prepare to return home with another victory!

Joining 4-H is free and open to all youth, ages 5-19! For more information, please visit our website at and/or contact Angela D. Galloway, 4-H Extension Agent at (910) 277-2422.

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