Local Youth Take the Lead at 2011 Regional 4-H Camp

Front row from left to right: Amanda Pennington, Brooke Ell, Jessica Tomasko, Shelby Flanagan, Lauren Turner, Lance Stone, Ryan Lazauskas, & Gust Fisch. In middle row from left to right: Kestrel Merritt, Cassandra Folmar, Andrea Walters, Kimberly Ward, Amy Tomasko, Tyson Stone, Michael Minicucci, Nick Kovalick, & Jaret McCracken. Back row from left to right: Fran McAninch, Ariana Yaple, Abby Junod, Chelsea Folmar, Devon Turner, Liz McAndrew, Mindy Hutchins, & Jesta Warholak. (Photo provided by Jana Davidson)

Camp Kanesatake, located in Spruce Creek, Huntingdon County, PA was the location of the 2011 Regional 4-H Camp.  This year’s 4-H camp theme was “Take the Lead” and campers from the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fulton, and Huntingdon took part in the 4-day program.  Our Traditional 4-H Camp welcomed close to 200 campers & counselors from June 21 through June 24.  Over the course of 4 days, campers between the ages of 9 and 14 years of age selected a variety of both theme, recreational, and three day/build-on workshops to take part in over the week.  

Daily recreational workshops included Air Rifle, Archery, Bouldering Wall, Crafts, Fishing, Ropes Course, Line Dancing, and Sports & Recreation.  Daily theme workshops included Sow Your Gardens, Public Speaking 101, Build a Team with Self-Esteem, Win-Win/Leading Not Bossing, Environmental Stewardship, & Healthy Snacking.  This year, we also offered 3-day build-on workshops during each afternoon session.  A camper selected a workshop and was placed in the same workshop each day to expand their knowledge on certain subject areas.  These workshops included GPS, Improvisational Theatre, Photography, Trees, Crafts, Home Alone Survival Skills, Spa Day Rest & Relax, and a Counselor-at-Training workshop was also conducted daily for our campers 14 years of age & older that wished to serve in the role of a camp counselor for 2011.  Additionally, the campers took part in swimming, Minute to Win It challenges, a graffiti dance, a performance by Dennie Huber – Master Balloon Artist, and other fun activities within their tribes.   Camp concluded with a parent program on Thursday evening.  

Rrepresenting Clearfield County at the 2011 Traditional 4-H Camp were Brooke Ell of DuBois, Gust Fisch of Morrisdale, Shelby Flanagan of Clearfield, Cassandra Folmar of Luthersburg, Nick Kovalick of Woodland, Ryan Lazauskas of Woodland, Jaret McCracken of Clearfield, Kestrel Merritt of Morrisdale, Michael Minicucci of Clearfield, Amanda Pennington of Westover, Lance Stone of Winburne, Tyson Stone of Winburne, Amy Tomasko of Allport, Jessica Tomasko of Allport, Lauren Turner of Philipsburg, Andrea Walters of Rockton, and Kimberly Ward of Morrisdale. 

All 4-H campers received a t-shirt, certificate from their counselors, and a photo DVD as mementos of their experience.  

“The 4-H Camping Program would not be possible without the help of our dedicated 4-H Camp Counselors.  Clearfield County had 8 amazing counselors this year that volunteered a lot of their time to make camp a memorable experience for all the campers.” Jana Davidson, 4-H Youth Development Educator.  

2011 Clearfield County 4-H Camp Counselors included: Chelsea Folmar of Luthersburg, Mindy Hutchins of Reynoldsville, Abby Junod of Mahaffey, Liz McAndrew of Brockway, Fran McAninch of DuBois, Devon Turner of Philipsburg, Jesta Warholak of Rockton, and Ariana Yaple of Houtzdale.  Jana Davidson, 4-H Youth Development Educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension of Clearfield County served as the 2011 4-H Camp Co-Director. 

“We want to thank the entire Camp Kanesatake staff and all of our wonderful workshop presenters for volunteering their time to help educate the youth.”  Jana Davidson, 4-H Youth Development Educator    

A 2012 Regional 4-H Camp is currently being planned for next June.  The tentative date is June 17 through June 21, 2012.

4-H is a non-formal youth development educational program of Penn State Cooperative Extension for all youth between the ages of 8 and 19, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, or veteran status.  For additional information on the 4-H program or to locate a 4-H club in your area, contact Jana Lynne Davidson at the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Clearfield County at (814) 765-7878 Ext. 3.

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