Lauren Edwards, Moran, Jennifer
It may be the same place where some kids’ parents or grandparents spent part of their summers, but today’s 4-H Camp certainly isn’t the same.
Although the LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center is over 85 years old, it has seen many changes and improvements through the years.
Known as 4-H Camp Grant Walker, the facility is located near Pollock, LA in Grant Parish. It plays host to thousands of young people who participate in weeklong summer camps, but it also sees a variety of other educational events for adults and youth throughout the year.
The original camp was built during the Great Depression, but it has been updated many times and now includes all of the modern conveniences of home – and then some.
While grandparents of today’s young people may have gone swimming in the creek, a modern pool is the place to beat the summer heat while the creek is used for canoeing and environmental awareness activities. Parents may have written a letter home, but today’s 4-H’ers have the luxury of a computer lab to send emails, access the Internet and play educational games.
4-H Camp is open to students in the fourth grade through the sixth grade. In 2014, 12 youths from Morehouse Parish attended camp. This year, Morehouse Parish 4-H'ers will attend camp June 8-12, 2015. Other parish 4-H'ers will be attending camp from Acadia, Bienville, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, St. John, Tangipahoa, and West Feliciana parishes. Certified youth camp counselors and adult volunteer leaders from the parish will assist Morehouse 4-H Agent Lauren Edwards during the five-day camp.
Camping is one of the most valuable experiences a child can have. It's a learning experience that helps boys and girls appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others and appreciate people with different interests and backgrounds. Activities at camp include canoeing, archery, hunter safety, environmental education and computers, along with swimming, softball, basketball, games and handicrafts. More information can be found at www.louisiana4h.org.
Camp fees, which include food, lodging, activities and transportation, are $190. There are special scholarships available for youth on free and reduced lunches. Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.
Thirteen boys and 13 girls from Morehouse can attend camp June 8-12, 2015. For any 4-H'er wanting to attend, camp forms must be submitted by April 1, 2015 along with a $75 non-refundable deposit (check or money order only, no cash accepted) to the LSU AgCenter's 4-H office in Bastrop, La. Please call 318-281-5741 if you have any questions.
For more information on the 4-H camping program or other educational programs offered by the LSU AgCenter, contact the 4-H office at 318-281-5741 or e-mail our 4-H agent, Lauren Edwards.