Busy Time for Youth Attending 4-H Activities in Lincoln Parish

Amanda Simmons  |  7/27/2018 4:41:57 PM

35833808_2052163635037587_5381628467525713920_njpgSummer time proves to be a very busy time for 4-H which may come as a surprise to many.Many times people assume that the 4-H program slows down during the summer time just as school does but that is not the case.The 4-H program actually experiences a very busy schedule for the summer time offering youth many wonderful opportunities to learn and have fun.

This summer, during the week of June 18th – 22nd, Lincoln Parish 4-H agents took 18 teen 4-H members to 4-H University on the LSU Campus in Baton Rouge.Chase Echols, Tucker Riser and Thomas Singleton placed 1st place state winning team in Outdoor Skills Triathlon; Thomas Burnside, Jake White, and Jeb White placed 2nd place team in state for Outdoor Skills Triathlon; Thomas Byrnside placed 2nd place blue ribbon individual in state for Outdoor Skills Triathlon; Chase Echols and Thomas Singleton placed blue ribbon individuals for Outdoor Skills Triathlon; Jessica Johnston placed 3rd place blue ribbon in state for the Child Development contest.Competing in other contests on the state level were:Karleigh Williams in Dog Science; Kyler Hughes, Tucker Martin, Tristan McKaskle, Zack Skipper, Jessie Spillers and Lauren Tinsley in Meat Identification; Summer Mullins in Public Speaking; Valerie Chatellier in 4-H Has Talent; and Allyson Martin in Child Development. While at 4-H University, Chase Echols and Zack Skipper attended the State 4-H Foundation Scholarship Banquet.Chase Echols received the State 4-H Foundation Ruth Johnson Scholarship and Zach Skipper received the State 4-H Foundation Joe Walters Family Scholarship.Thomas Singleton, Jake White, and Jeb White were selected to serve as Shooting Sports Ambassadors for the Louisiana State 4-H Shooting Sports Board.Lincoln Parish was also fortunate to have four adult volunteers attend 4-H University, along with the 4-H Agents to assist with the youth who attended.Thank you to Mrs. Melissa Echols, Mrs. Nadine Johnston, Ms. Megan Martin, and Mr. Steven Skipper for their time and effort during this event.The youth and agents benefited extremely from their contribution.

Two Lincoln Parish 4-H members were honored this summer for their 4-H work.Jake White has received the prestigious honor of serving as a National Shooting Sports Ambassador.He will attend the National Shooting Sports Conference in Bozeman, Montana this summer.Zach Skipper is a state winner with his 4-H record book and will be attending the awards trip to National 4-H Club Congress in Atlanta, Georgia in November.

The Lincoln Parish 4-H agents also took 71 youth to 4-H summer camp at 4-H Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, Louisiana for the week of June 11th – 15th.At this camp youth were given the opportunity to participate in swimming (in an Olympic size pool)/swimming lessons, softball, volleyball, tubing, arts and crafts, paddle boarding, dancing, archery, Zumba, and canoeing.The campers also participated in a variety of educational activities such as Hunter Safety, including the Hunter/Firearm Safety Program; Outdoor Adventures; The Artist Within; Food and Fitness; Get Ready - Get SET…Science, Engineering & Technology; Explore Louisiana: Wetlands, Wildlife, and You; and Water Safety, That’s What’s SUP.Along with the youth we also took five adult volunteers that were very instrumental in accomplishing the goals of 4-H Summer Camp with the over 300 youth that attended the camp from a total of 8 different parishes.We would like to recognize Mrs. Julie Stockton, Miss Garielle Dupree, Mrs. Darby Meyers, Mrs. Jill Parkman and Mr. Devin Rowland with sincere appreciation for the time and effort they gave during 4-H Summer Camp.Because of them, the week of working, living and playing together was of much value to the youth who attended. We also took seven Lincoln Parish 4-H teens with us to 4-H summer camp. Autumn Downen, Jade Ivory, Jessica Johnston, Mallory Mitchell, Sean Palmer, Thomas Singleton, and Zack Skipper served as teen counselors for 4-H summer camp. We would like to thank these teen 4-H’ers for working hard to be good role models and outstanding leaders for the 4-H youth during this camp.

Parents, youth, and/or volunteer leaders interested in finding out more about upcoming 4-H enrollment and events or if you have any questions about the LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Program, please call the 4-H Office at 318-251-5134.

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