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Local 4-H'ers attend camp

First-, second- and third-graders from St. Croix County gathered to experience Cloverbud/Explorer Day Camp last week.

This year's theme was "Nature Exploration." Two days of camp were offered. The first was in Hudson at Prospect Park on July 31st. The second was in Baldwin at Mill Pond Park on Aug. 2. Both camps were held from 8 a.m.-noon. The day camp serves to build life skills and give kids the opportunity to interact with others their age. To promote 4-H, the camp is also offered to non-4-H members to encourage new families to join.

Campers started off their day making their Butterfly Snacks that they would enjoy later that morning. This snack activity helped them to learn how to make healthy choices and promoted a healthy lifestyle. Continuing with the nature theme, campers created butterfly magnets. Next, the kids went on a Nature Scavenger Hunt around the park. With the help of their counselors, they checked everything off their list and each found their own favorite discovery. This activity helped them to appreciate nature and realize that we need to take care of the world around us. After snack time, they made pinecone bird feeders to hang in their trees at home. Their last activity was to plant some seeds that they could watch grow and learned how to take care of them once they do start growing. At the end, the campers and counselors had time to play on the playground with their new friends.

The camp isn't just a great experience for campers it's also great for the older members in 4-H who volunteered to be counselors. There was a total of seven youth who volunteered to be a Day Camp counselor. For some of them this is one of their first leadership roles. The role as a counselor prepares them for a possible future role as a counselor at the weeklong 4-H summer camp. The presence of the older youth shows the younger members the importance of volunteering through 4-H. Campers and counselors enjoyed this year's Cloverbud/Explorer Day Camp and look forward to coming back next summer!

For more information about the St. Croix County 4-H program contact Marie Witzel at the UW Extension office, 1960 Eighth Ave., Suite 140 in Baldwin, or at 715-531-1930.