by Julia Wilson, Edmonson County Extension Office
Earlier this summer 47 campers, teen leaders, and adult volunteers from Edmonson County traveled to the 450 acre Western Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. During the four day camp, campers were able to participate in a variety of classes such as archery, fishing, nature, canoeing, zip lining &ropes, riflery, horseback riding, crafts, cooking and more. These activities are a fun way to help youth learn new skills and develop a greater appreciation for the environment and wildlife.
Campers spent their free time at the Olympic size swimming with a diving board and slide or playing their favorite camp game, GaGa Ball. Campers looked forward to the traditional “Sally Down the Alley” dance every evening.
Numerous studies have shown that overnight, residential camping offers many benefits to youth. Youth who attend overnight camps make new friends, develop new skills, and become more independent and able to take care of themselves.
Due to money received from the Ag Tag donation program and private donations, every single camper received a half scholarship to attend camp in 2016.
Please take time to thank the following adult volunteers. Without their help camp would not be possible. They take time out of their busy summer to ensure Edmonson County children can attend camp. Susie Vincent, Jeff Jacobs, Elizabeth Honeycutt, Windy Michelle Coogle, and Tim Oates who traveled from another county to ensure the boys cabin had enough leaders.
Many campers are already looking forward to camp next June. If your child is interested in attending 4-H camp or joining 4-H please contact the Extension Office at 270-597-3628.