Scotland County 4-Hers Attend Residential Camp

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Five Scotland County 4-Hers, Janiya Fuller, Victor Gordon, Taylor Kitchings, Mahalia Galbreath and Chancellor Byrd spent a week at camp this summer at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, NC. The camp, donated to North Carolina 4-H in 1964 by Betsy Penn, is situated on 200 acres of land comprised of fields, forests, lakes, streams, and a large variety of Piedmont ecosystems and wildlife.

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Each year Scotland County 4-H offers a chaperoned five-night, six-day camp week at a North Carolina 4-H camping facility for youth ages 8-14. However, there are many other camping opportunities offered for youth of all ages; including leader in training for older youth and horse camp. A 4-H camping experience provides youth many positive outcomes including: respect for the environment, skill building, developing new talents, improving social and learning skills, valuing teamwork, gaining leadership skills, and developing effective communication skills.

The campers enjoyed traditional camping activities such as: canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, archery, wall climbing, ultimate slip-n-sliding, teambuilding, fishing, arts and crafts, animal science, outdoor sports, and hiking. In addition, the 22- acre lake, wetlands and forestry features provided opportunities to study aquatic biology, water quality, forest ecology and wildlife habitats. Also, the youth gained knowledge of how early pioneer settlers lived; and explored Native American heritage.

Evening activities included a talent night, with campers performing acts in juggling, singing, dancing, gymnastics, comedy and more. Campers enjoyed all their meals family-style, eating together, practicing table etiquette and learning how to properly set the table. Also, the campers enjoyed nightly campfires, with s’mores and storytelling. On the last night of camp, the youth enjoyed a dance, snow cones and good music. The camp concluded on the final day with an awards and recognition program.

“Mahalia had fun at camp. She was hesitant about going but thought about friends she had made the previous year and got excited about it all over again. I sign Mahalia up for camp because it has provided opportunities for her that she may not have experienced such as horseback riding, canoeing, and rock climbing,” stated Brenda Galbreath, mother of Mahalia.

Nyeree Charette, mother of camper, Victor shared, “I wanted my son to gain some independence away from home and learn to be self-sufficient by learning how to take care of himself, learn some independence, and follow rules. This was probably the longest week but when my son returned he had matured a lot.”

A great gift idea for a child is a week at 4-H summer camp! For more information about Scotland County 4-H programs and how to purchase a summer camp gift card, contact Angela D. Galloway, Extension Agent of 4-H Youth Development at (910) 277-2422 or adgallow@ncsu.edu.