Youth Take the Fast Track to Fashion at 4-H Camp

Karol Osborne  |  3/9/2012 10:58:33 PM

Mrs. Betty Bedgood and Dusty Bedgood work on a craft project at Fashion Camp.

Mrs. Gloria Henderson and LaKayla Henderson are busy creating a tote bag.

Ready…set…sew! The 2012 4-H Fashion Camp kept campers and their adult helpers in high gear throughout the two-day event held January 21-22 at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, Louisiana.

Two teams from Madison Parish participated in the fast-paced program featuring sewing fundamentals and creative projects. 4-H members Dusty Bedgood (5th grade, Delta Christian 4-H) and LaKayla Henderson (5th grade, Wright Elementary 4-H) revved up their machines to make five sewing projects and two craft projects by the end of the weekend. Assisted by their personal ‘pit crew,' Betty Bedgood and Gloria Henderson, the girls completed a t-shirt scarf, place mat sewing caddy, T-shirt tote, ric-rack pillow case and flip flop-shaped pillow. Other fun craft projects included a sock bunny and a personalized picture frame.

“Fashion Camp is a great way for younger 4-H members to experiment in the clothing project and gain basic knowledge and skills to get them started toward larger, more complex sewing projects,” said LSU AgCenter Extension 4-H Agent Karol Osborne. The 4-H Clothing Project draws on math and engineering skills and offers youth opportunities in creative design.

Open to 4-H members in grades 4-7, the camp relies on youth-adult partnerships and requires a parent or adult caregiver to accompany and work with each young camper. A unique feature of the camp is that the camp theme, project selection, planning, organization and much of the supervision and teaching is done by teen Fashion Board members. Teens from throughout the state interview and are selected for the State 4-H Fashion Board each year at 4-H University.

4-H is the youth development program of the nation’s Land-Grant University System and is a dynamic effort designed to build citizenship, leadership and life skills. In Louisiana, it is administered by the LSU AgCenter. For more information about 4-H meetings, camps, and other events, contact the Madison Parish AgCenter office at 114 N. Cedar Street, Tallulah, Louisiana, or call 318-574-2465.

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