Lions, and Tigers, and 4-H Camp, oh my!

Gulf and Franklin County campers and teen counselors learning how to kayak off the camp shore in Cho

Gulf and Franklin County campers and teen counselors learning how to kayak off the camp shore in Choctawhatchee Bay.

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:19 AM.

4-H fun was had by all! Youth from Gulf, Franklin , and Bay counties attended a joint-county five-day, four-night residential camp, July 7-11, at Camp Timpoochee in Niceville.

This year’s theme, “Welcome to Our Jungle,” provided a great opportunity for learning about the animal and plant life of the jungle. While at camp the youth participated in opportunities to expand their leadership skills, make new friends, and learn community living skills and other basic life skills, while away from the comforts of home.

The Florida 4-H camping program strives to build youth’s life skills through outdoor adventure. Instilling a sense of wonder of the natural world, respecting wildlife and its habitat, and encouraging kids’ curiosity about the outdoors are major components of 4-H camping.

However, 4-H camp is not just about nature. Science and technology, sports and leisure, teambuilding and healthy lifestyles are all part of today’s camping phenomenon. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) workshops were a major focus during the camp day. These included activities in robotics, marine science, geocaching/GPS, and environmental science.

Recreation was a big part of camp, too! Kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, volleyball, archery, marksmanship, dance, scavenger hunts, and team building games are just a few of our recreational activities. Creativity was emphasized through camp songs, skits, and crafts.

The youth also enjoyed a field trip with a day of swimming, snorkeling, and playing in the sand at Henderson State Park in Destin along with a picnic lunch. The emerald water was crisp and clear, perfect for a day of swimming, hanging out, and enjoying time with new friends.

After a busy, enthusiastic and fun-filled week at 4-H camp, the youth arrived back home on Friday with lots of fun-filled memories and unique experiences to share with their friends and family.

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