Challenge Camp started with a sizzle as our young 4-H members aced the grill. Under the expert guidance of Hannah Devall, LSU AgCenter, and with the support of The Louisiana Beef Association, they learned the art of seasoning burgers like seasoned chefs. Not only did they savor the delicious outcome, but they also got a taste of the culinary world.
But that was just the beginning. These future engineers put their skills to the test, using nothing but cardboard and duct tape to create boats. Two brave sailors were chosen from each group to race their cardboard vessels across the pool and back. It was a thrilling and wet adventure that showcased their creativity and teamwork.
There was time for swimming, volleyball, and group games. Camp reached new heights when our 4-Hers dared to challenge themselves on the ropes course.
While fun and games were a significant part of the experience, the heart of this camp was about making a difference. Our 4-Hers took this to heart as they tackled the issues of hunger and homelessness through service learning projects. They crafted shower rolls for those in need and honed their sewing skills to add pockets to washcloths for storing toiletries. These small acts of kindness would undoubtedly significantly impact those less fortunate.
In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, they also learned to weave waterproof mats from plastic bags, turning waste into a valuable resource. These projects showcased their creativity and instilled a sense of responsibility toward the environment.
The learning didn't stop there. The students visited the First West Thrift Store, where they learned about its mission and how the proceeds support multiple programs in Northeast Louisiana. It was an eye-opening experience highlighting the importance of community support and charitable efforts.
As the Northeast Louisiana 4-H Challenge Camp ended, our 4-H members left with hearts full of newfound knowledge, experiences, and a deep sense of accomplishment. They had sharpened their culinary and engineering skills and honed their sense of social responsibility.
These young minds are not just campers; they are budding community heroes. They are determined to keep improving the world, one step at a time. Their journey at Seeker Springs Camp was not just a memorable adventure but a stepping stone towards a brighter, more compassionate future.
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