Scotland County 4-Hers Get Out of Town
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On Friday, March 17th, six Scotland County youth, ages 14-18 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, workshops, games, adventure and dances. Upon Friday’s arrival, the participants, Chancellor Byrd, Kiyami Covington, ShaToya Covington, Rakeem Davis, Kayvon Douglas, and Victor Gordon attended a youth-led business meeting, meet and greet activities and did a chant to proudly represent Scotland County. Once business was out of the way, the dance and games began, including an ice cream social until late Friday evening. Saturday morning kicked off with youth getting to know each other over breakfast, interactive activities and workshops ranging from wall climbing, Irish dancing and team building to fishing, livestock judging and citizenship; 4-H is a place for EVERYONE!
Attendees utilized the electoral process to elect South Central District officers for President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and Reporter. Candidates performed skits for their campaign, distributed literature, set-up a campaign booth and visited county huddles to answer questions of their constituents.
Every year, there is a competition for the Spirit Stick in which counties perform a skit to earn points along with county chants. Scotland County youth created a skit of the infamous Kermit the Frog memes in which the original Kermit wants to make great decisions but his evil conscience (Kermit wearing a hood) tries to persuade him to choose the negative option. One youth pondered if he should join 4-H, as his positive conscious shared reasons he should join while battling his negative conscious, deciphering through the negative comments. Luckily, the positive outweighed the negative. In life, we have to process making choices and sometimes negative thoughts can persuade us to limit ourselves and miss out on valuable opportunities. 4-H has a place for everyone, youth from all backgrounds, personalities and lifestyles allowing youth to be creative in helping develop programs and share ideas to make Scotland County a better place.
The youth participated in a community service project before dinner and prepared for Saturday evening’s dance and games. Saturday evening was concluded with the youth hovered over the campfire for a closing meeting, as the outgoing officers shared their experiences and thanks to all who helped them and announcement of the 2017-2018 officers. The youth returned to their cabins for rest and relaxation, to rise Sunday morning for a motivational speech, breakfast, goodbyes to new friends they met, and a closing meeting that included a highlight reel of the weekend.
There are complaints that there is nothing to do in Scotland County, when there is Scotland County 4-H hosting events and activities on a monthly basis. We are seeking youth, ages 5-18 and volunteers who are able to positively impact our community. If you want to be a part of this revolution of training youth to be responsible citizens who can lead a class, lead a community, lead a nation, contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension Center.
Joining 4-H is free and open to all youth, ages 5-18! For more information, please visit our website at scotland.ces.ncsu.edu and/or contact Angela D. Galloway, 4-H Extension Agent at (910) 277-2422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.