At Camp 4-H, a week of fun, challenges and character building | Local News

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More than 250 youth from Pittsylvania County, Franklin County and Danville attended the 4-H camp at Smith Mountain Lake last month.

Throughout the week, campers learned about the six pillars of character: citizenship, respect, reliability, caring, responsibility and fairness.

Summer staff at the WE Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center took time to teach campers flag etiquette and then provided hands-on opportunities to put their civic skills to the test.

Campers create their own fashion designs for the Wacky Fashion Show.

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Summer staff, adult volunteers and teen facilitators were also on the front lines leading classes throughout the day. These classes included horseback riding, fishing, swimming, kayaking, STEM, performing arts, small animal science, outdoor cooking, and archery. In each class, campers used their knowledge to master new skills. During this process, young people developed a sense of pride in their accomplishments and a new level of confidence as they stepped out of their comfort zone to take on new challenges.

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Adult volunteer Melvin Dolan helps camper Paul Bryant launch his rocket.

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While at camp, youth stayed with their peers and were supervised by teen leaders and adult volunteers. Through this experience, campers learned to make new friends, form new relationships, and respect each other’s space. Additionally, campers learned the value of responsibility as they had to keep their rooms clean and plan the day to ensure they had all their belongings and supplies they needed for their classes so they could meet the calendar.

Each evening, campers and volunteers participated in special programs. From a wacky fashion show that involved creating costumes out of newspapers and duct tape to silly but competitive recreational relays, young people had plenty of opportunities to excel in the areas of caring and fairness. . These activities required campers to work together, support each other, and engage their creative side while solving problems to achieve their goals.


Makinzie King discovers what it’s like to bottle-feed a calf in the small animal science class.

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This special 4-H event takes place every summer, but there are also ways to stay involved in 4-H throughout the year. For more information about 4-H involvement and/or volunteer opportunities, contact Mandi Dolan, 4-H Extension Worker, at [email protected] or by calling 434-432-7770.