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It has been busy in our office the past few weeks as we prepare for North Dakota 4-H Camp in Washburn. Several evenings and weekends have been spent working on preparing the camp for the hundreds of campers and many hours have been spent ensuring educational opportunities are provided along with the chance to meet new friends.

Camp provides children with a community of caring adults, who nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and appreciation for human value. All of the outcomes — self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership and self-respect — build personal competencies. For years, parents have reported that when their children return home from camp they are more caring, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right and are willing to be more responsible. These qualities achieve the 4-H mission of developing healthy productive citizens.

Campers are at less risk at camp, where they have a sense of community, develop relationships,and learn through first-hand experiences. Camp helps children grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment.

As I reflect on the many 4-H camping experiences I have had the last nine years, I smile as the memories of dances, learning about coon dogs, bus trips to the lake for fishing and much more have provided campers the chance to try new things in a safe environment with lifelong friends they have just met.

To learn more about 4-H Camp in North Dakota, visit www.ndsu.edu/4h/camp/.

The camp schedule:

• June 10-14: Livestock Camp; Whopper Club Fishing Camp.

• June 15-16 : Clover Camp I.

• June 17-21: Extreme Survivor; Outdoor Skills: Archery; Create It: Science, Photography, Wood Working Camp.

• June 24-28: Discover North Dakota Camp; Completing the Pattern: Horse Camp.

• July 8-12: 4-H Adventure Camp I: The “Whodunit” Mystery Camp.

• July 15-19: Military I; Military II .

• July 20-21: Clover Camp II.

• July 29-Aug. 2: Adventure Camp II: Ninja Challenge.

• Aug. 5-9 : 4-H Adventure Camp III: The “Whodunit” Mystery Camp; Junkin’ It: Reuse and Recycle Camp.

Karla Meikle is the Morton County Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development.

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