Stefen L. Givens | 4/8/2011 2:03:30 AM
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.
Many boys and girls from around the state participate in 4-H Camp Grant Walker. The camp is held at the LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center, an 80-acre campsite located near Pollock, Louisiana, on Highway 8 about 15 miles northeast of Alexandria. The 2011 LOST camp will take place August 1-5.
Monday: Registration, cabin assignment, track selection, swim test, free-choice recreation, camp tour and counselor meeting. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: After breakfast, campers participate in one of 7 camp tracks: Robotics/GPS, Astronomy/Astrology, ATV, Engineering/Mythbusters, Physics/Biology, Kitchen Chemistry, Recycling, Energy, Outdoor Skills, Videography, and Forensic Science/Super Human Senses.
One of the most important things youths learn from camp is to be self-sufficient. That is, they learn they can survive for four whole days on their own.
The camp week lasts four days and starts on Monday afternoon, when the boys and girls arrive, and ends on Friday morning after breakfast. The first meal served at camp is supper on Monday night.
To help children learn self-sufficiency, parents are asked not to call or visit campers unless there is an emergency. Parents also are asked not to send food or snacks. Three meals and snacks are served each day. Snacks include bottled water, soft drinks, fruit and crackers. Campers will not need money for food at 4-H Camp; however, they will be able to buy a few inexpensive souvenirs and treats.
4-H agents, volunteer leaders and teen counselors from Louisiana 4-H will attend and stay in the cabins with the campers.
Campers also will have recreational time to play softball, kickball, volleyball, washers, jump rope, basketball, parachute games, board games or horseshoes. Other choices include visiting with friends, shopping for souvenirs in the camp store, archery and swimming.
Evening programs are fun and filled with excitement such as dances and special guests.The LOST Camp flyer contains additional information about camp costs and what to bring. There is also a camp registration form.