4-H Summer Camp

Interested in being part of the 2018 4-H Camp Staff?!?! 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 9th grade or older
  • Willingness to be creative, energetic and compassionate
  • Ability to lead and support others

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS(You may apply for more than one position.)

a.   JUNIOR CAMP DIRECTOR: Responsible for program/theme planning with camp committee.  Responsible for the day-to-day large group activities – including but not limited to: Flag Raising/Lowering, Campfire, Camp Games, Evening Activities, other camp programming and additional assignments with campers or general camp operation as needed, requested by adult camp staff.  You can choose to be a junior director for both camps or one camp (please indicate in your cover letter).  Please remember to include any qualifications and/or certifications do you may have in your resume.  

b.    CABIN COUNSELORS: Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of up to 10 campers.  Responsible for escorting campers to and from all scheduled activities and assisting or participating in activities.  Responsible for events including but not limited to: flag raising/lowering, campfire, camp games, evening activities, and other camp programming.  You can choose to be a counselor for both camps or one camp (please indicate in your cover letter).  Please remember to include any qualifications and/or certifications do you may have in your resume.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Applications are due November 1 as part of the part of the Older Youth Opportunities Resume Process (see the 2017-2018 Older Youth Opportunities Resume Guide).
  2. Attend Camp Counselor Training on date and time to be determined

Summer 2017 4-H Camp Information

Earlier this summer some of our very own youth went to the 4-H summer camp with other youth from Portage, Taylor and Waupaca Counties. Here they meet tons of new friends! In addition to finding new friends they learned and created tons of new things. This will be a camp that many youth will remember for a life time.

This year’s theme for both Junior Camp and Intermediate Camp was “Under the Big Top”. The theme was used throughout both camps duration. The older youth who served as camp counselors along with staff had fun planning around this year’s theme.

4-H Junior Camp held on June 9-10th was for youth in 2nd – 4th grade to gain life skills through hands-on activities, experience nature, meet and interact with other youth, and work in group settings. The youth were excited to be at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/cwes/Pages/default.aspx).  The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station is a 200-acre teaching and learning center located 17 miles east of Stevens Point on glacial Sunset Lake. Since 1975, the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station has been an integral part of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point College of Natural Resources program and is staffed with professional natural resource and environmental educators.  Their Mission is to foster in adults and youth the appreciation, understanding, skill development, and motivation needed to help them build a sustainable balance between the environment, economy, and community.

The campers at Junior Camp had time to build team bonding skills through making arches from noodles and marshmallows. With many looking pretty good, and the team building was off the charts. They also got to test out their creative skills by doing some mask building, paintings, and finding a way to get all their cotton balls to safety. The youth got to bring home their masks, juggling balls, paintings and the natural brushes they made at camp. They also worked a bit on some math skills through some paper rockets they launched at a target.

4-H Intermediate Camp held on June 29th to July 1st was designed for youth in 5th – 8th grade to gain life skills through hands-on activities, experience nature, meet and interact with other youth, and work in group settings.  Youth were excited to be at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center (http://fyi.uwex.edu/uphamwoods/).  The Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center provides educational opportunities through programs focused on environmental and leadership education.   Operating since 1941, Upham Woods is a model residential outdoor learning center, managed by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The center sits on a prime location on the Wisconsin River, two miles north of the Wisconsin Dells, offering an excellent “river classroom” to study both the natural and cultural history of Wisconsin. The center rests on 310 total acres of forested land, including a 210-acre island called “Blackhawk Island.” The facility consists of 14 buildings including a fully equipped nature center and a raptor enclosure housing educational birds of prey.

Campers at Intermediate Camp had a chance to take a trip in the Voyager Canoe, participate in arts and crafts and archery.  They could also take a hike on Blackhawk Island or participate in a Peanut Butter Mountain course.  Youth planned and performed cabin skits, sang campfire songs and had a circle dance plus much more during their 3 day camp experience.

The older 4-H youth leaders that served as counselors, including Lily Cordova, Bailey Iwen, and Keia Woller from Lincoln County, were a huge help in running both of these camps. They planned their own activities and at many of the different stations they had to help the adult staff members lead activities they possibly knew nothing about. Our counselors, this year, also had very wonderful signing voices which they utilized to sing the campfire songs and do some skits.  Through their role as camp counselors, older youth in 4-H are provided with an opportunity to build important life skills such as decision-making, creativity, teamwork, communication, and responsibility.

The activities at 4-H camp are intended to be educational for both the campers and the camp counselors.  They give the participants a taste of the wide variety of activities available in the 4-H program and they give older youth an opportunity to develop leadership skills.

More details about our camping programs:

Camping opportunities are sponsored by the Lincoln County 4-H Organization as an outreach program for youth countywide.  4-H Youth Leaders and Adult Volunteers plan and lead youth in camp activities.  The camp program is developed with guidance from the 4-H and Youth Development Program, Lincoln County UW-Extension.

There is a camp first aid person on duty who is a volunteer with first aid and/or nursing training. Campers will be under the direct supervision of older youth counselors (grades 9 and above) and/or adults. The ratio of adults to youth participants is 1:10 or less. Adult Advisors are active 4-H volunteers that have completed the youth protection process. Adult Advisors assist by monitoring youth activities, possibly leading activities, and assisting with camp operations. Participants will eat in the camp cafeteria; sleep in a bunk bed in a cabin or large dorm room with other campers and counselors of the same gender and use a restroom with private showers. Adult Advisors are assigned to sleeping areas in the same buildings, but separate areas from the campers.  During camp, adults and youth will participate in large and small group activities which may involve any of the following: discussion, writing, reading aloud, problem solving, arts and crafts, singing, swimming a lake, canoeing, hiking, walking, role plays or skits, running, dancing, climbing stairs, standing or sitting for long periods, outdoor/indoor games, or having personal contact with other participants. A certified lifeguard will be on duty for swimming and canoeing activities. Life jackets are required and provided by camp for canoeing and a swim test needs to be passed to swim in certain depths of water. Please be aware that because of the nature of camp activities, some of them may involve an element of risk but the participant will also be taught safety procedures. We hope you can join us at camp this summer!

* American Camp Association (2005). Directions: Youth Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience. Martinsville, IN: American Camp Association. Retrieved March 10, 2006, from  http://acacamps.org/research/research_book.pdf

** Garst, B. A. & Bruce, F. A. (2003). Identifying 4-H Outcomes Using a Standardized Evaluation Process Across Multiple 4-H Educational Centers. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech. Retrieved March 10, 2006 from http://www.joe.org/joe/2003june/rb2/shtml

 

In the news:

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Sunny popcorn bars

4-H Summer Camp Campers and Camp Counselors with the community service project they made: Tie Blankets

4-H Summer Camp Campers and Camp Counselors with the community service project they made: Tie Blankets