4-H Summer Camp is a great experience for youth ages 9-12. Franklin Parish will be among six other parishes who attend summer camp the week of July 21-25. Approximately 400 youth will attend camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollack, LA during this week.
Camping is one of the most important experiences a youth can have. The 4-H camping program provides an excellent opportunity for youth to experience hands-on interactive activities that help teach them independence, responsibility and teamwork. For some this may be their first experience away from home for an extended period of time. Through interaction with other youth, 4-H staff and volunteers, one of the camp's goals is to ease this anxiety and create an atmosphere where youth feel comfortable. The most important lesson of camp may be self-sufficiency. The campers learn they can survive on their own for four days.
4-H Camp involves five days of typical camping experiences - swimming, arts and crafts, archery and canoeing. But campers can pick a special activity to pursue as well. This year, 4-H'ers may choose from five activity tracks. These are: Dramatic Arts, Outdoor Adventures, Explore Louisiana, SET and Food and Fitness. Another specialty track is the Hunter's Safety Education Course.
Youngsters in the Dramatic Arts track will work toward staging a show in the newly designed Theater in the Woods. The Outdoor Adventure track includes hiking, shooting a bow and arrow and also an air rifle, and outdoor safety tips. 4-H'ers in the Explore Louisiana track will get first-hand experience about wildlife and vegetation native to Louisiana swamps and marshes. The SET track gives youth the opportunity to explore the exciting worlds of chemistry, computers, construction, digital photography, rockets and much more. Food and Fitness allows 4-H'ers to learn to set healthy goals, work as a team and get up and get moving! Hunter's Education gives campers the opportunity to get their Hunter's Safety card. This is great for youth who are ten years of age. During free time at camp, 4-H'ers take part in a variety of sporting events, games and arts and crafts. The campers' evenings are filled with skits, talent shows, dances and guest speakers.