What is a Challenge Camp?
The 4-H Challenge experience is a weekend camping experience focusing on 6th, 7th and 8th graders specifically. About 250 youth and adult volunteers from 12 Northeast Louisiana parishes attend the 3-day/2-night event. Parishes participating include Caldwell. Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union and West Carroll. Activities begin upon arrival at camp on Thursday night and are divided among indoor and outdoor small group “challenges,” similar to a low ropes course. Campers must work together as a team and communicate effectively to accomplish each task successfully. Recreational activities are also offered including sports and team games. Free time offers youth a chance to mingle and make new friends. The camp closes with a dance on Friday night to celebrate the camping adventure before traveling home on Saturday morning.
Where is Camp Located?
Camp Grant Walker is 80-acre campsite located near Pollock, on Highway 8 about 15 miles northeast of Alexandria.
What Can I Expect?
Youth will develop skills to:
4-H Challenge Camp is partially sponsored by the Louisiana 4-H Foundation to help defray costs. Fees have increased this year to cover general increases in operation of camp. The parish assessment for Challenge Camp is $75 and includes transportation, overnight lodging, meals, snacks and a souvenir Challenge Camp T-shirt. Camp fees are due prior to the camp date.
What Else Should Parents Know?
4-H agents, volunteer leaders and teen counselors from each parish supervise campers at all times and stay in the cabins with campers. All adult and teen volunteers have been certified through a rigorous screening and training process. Boys and girls are housed on opposite sides of the campground.
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