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Thumb Area 4-H Camp a huge success

LEXINGTON, MI -- Forty youth and 10 adult chaperones from Huron, St. Clair, Sanilac and Tuscola counties attended 4-H Camp held at Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI, on June 29-July 1. The main purpose was to get young 4-H'ers and non-4-H'ers, 9 to 14 years of age, involved in an outdoor living experience.

A team of 19 awesome 4-H teen camp counselors and five adults are responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Thumb Area 4-H Camp program.Throughout the year, committee members are involved in numerous workshops in preparation for 4-H Camp.

Thumb Area 4-H Camp offers a golden opportunity to 4-H'ers and non-4-H'ers to make new friends and share experiences in camping, all while building and developing life skills.Camp featured arts and crafts, singing, outdoor games, outdoor cooking, campfires and s'mores."Game On" was this year's theme for 4-H Camp.

Activity sessions included outdoor skills, shooting sports, mud hiking, kayaking, tree climbing, swimming in Lake Huron, STEM I and STEM II, animal tracks, and team building events.Campers built their own Mario carts using cardboard boxes, made Pac Man Cootie Catchers, learned how to pitch a tent and how to make a shelter with a tarp to name a few.Youth participated in an Arcade Night where the kids played numerous games related to video games; and even watched a watermelon explode by putting numerous rubber bands around it.

The campers made duct tape boats using cardboard boxes and duct tape.Later that evening, the campers watched and cheered as selected teen counselors had to test out the duct tape boats in Lake Huron to see which duct tape boat/counselor would or would not sink first.Campers also had a blast taking apart electronics as part of their 4-H Camp activities.

MSU Extension in Huron, St. Clair, Sanilac & Tuscola Counties along with the Bay Port State Bank, Caseville Small Animal Clinic, Eilber Insurance Agency, Greater Huron County Farm Bureau, Huron County United Way, Interfaith Council (Kelly Rae Flannery Scholarship Fund), J.W. Hunt OTC, Northstar Bank, and St. Clair County 4-H Council sponsored this three-day event for the youth.Thank you to the wonderful Camp Cavell staff, and all those who provided their assistance in making 4-H Camp an enjoyable and memorable event for our area youth.Without their phenomenal support, 4-H Camp would not be possible!

SAVE THE DATE:Thumb Area 4-H Camp is scheduled for June 27-29, 2016, at Camp Cavell, Lexington.Camp information will be available in the winter/spring to all youth ages 9 to 14 by January 1, 2016.This is also a reminder that we will need teen camp counselors, adult male & female chaperones for next year's 2016 Thumb Area 4-H Camp.Please keep this in mind if you can volunteer your time to help out.For more information about the Thumb Area 4-H camp or the Huron County 4-H Youth Development Program, please contact Cathryne Goulet, 4-H Youth Program Coordinator, at 989.269.9949, ext. 609 or