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Preparing young people to be positive and contributing members of society is one of the most important tasks facing our society today.
The 4-H Youth Development does just that. We all know the four “H’s” stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
Head: 4-H gets the youth thinking. They will learn how to think as team members and to work with others to accomplish goals. They will discover the world around them and build the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to be strong, self-directed and productive adults.
Heart:Youth can talk to leaders and other 4-H members about issues that are important to them. 4-H youth will develop relationships with other young people and with adults where they form lasting friendships and make cherished memories.
Hands:4-H Youth will participate in fun activities and learn skills they can use for the rest of their lives—on the job, at home or with their friends. They work to improve their community, share their skills and ideas with others, and get hands-on experience for the future. They learn new skills and explore careers that interest them.
Health: 4-H helps youth to learn to make healthful choices about exercise and eating. By being healthy means a person feels good inside and outside, with school, friends, and family.
In 4-H, they will learn how to develop a healthy lifestyle, and they will understand the consequences of unhealthy decisions. Their physical and emotional well-being is important, and in 4-H they can achieve their fullest potential.
4-H camp meets the needs of our youth. Last week was a great week for 4-H members as we traveled to North Central 4-H camp in Carlisle for a week of meeting new friends, learning new skills, and making memories that will last a life time.
We camped with Kenton, Owen, Gallatin and Grant counties. Several of our 4-Hers won top honors in their classes: Clara Tuttle in archery and photography; Vince Sanchez in canoeing and fishing (honored in three categories — most fish caught, biggest fish and littlest fish); Ashley Rosell in swimming; Carlos Sanchez in high ropes; Tracey Rosell in photography; Eli Yocum in riflery; John Glauber in riflery; Trenton Jones in beginning swimming; and Lauren Perkinson in fishing for mastering the art of putting worms on a hook.
The overall most creative decorated and cleanest cabin award went to Cabin 4 where Traci Morgan, Chirs Higgs, and Carmen McArter were the counselors and the camping group was Bailee Blackburn, Emily Blackburn, Abigail Chandler, Makayla Gray, Megan Higgs, Kinley Huesman, Layne Huesman, Nadja Lacefield, Hannah McArter, Grace Morgan, Lauren Perkinson, Megan Perkinson and Madeline Watts.
Overall best team went to Team 9, where Dave Huesman, Eric Popp and Nate Walker were the counselors and campers were Kyle Ashton, Nicklaus Barry, John Glauber, Trenton Imus, Clayton Mitchell, Jacob Robertson, Garett Sanders, Vince Sanchez and Eli Yocum.
The camping week would not have been possible without the support of all the parents and guardians and the adults who took vacation time to supervise our youth. Thanks to Chris Higgs, Dave Huesman, Patty Kost, Mindy Matthews, Traci Morgan and Carrie Wilson for being cabin adult counselors and to Kelly Chandler, Robin Huesman and Mary Louden for being bus chaperones.
Without the support of the Carroll County Board of Education and the bus drivers who provided transportation, this trip could not have been possible.
Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu.