VAN WERT – Van Wert County 4-H Camp counselors are already looking
forward to this year’s camp experiences. McKenzie Davis, a senior at
Lincolnview High School, will be a camp counselor for the fourth time
and Frankie Carey, a Lincolnview junior, will be spending her third year
as a camp counselor.
Both agree that serving in camp has not only
been an opportunity to have fun and partake of camping experiences, but
it has allowed both of them to learn how to be better team members,
leaders and learn how to feel the hurt and concerns of those they serve
who may need a reaching hand.
“I enjoy seeing kids have fun at
camp and learn more games and activities than they would know at home,”
said Davis. “I had an awesome counselor when I was at camp. It makes me
appreciate 4-H more.”
teaches us the importance of being a good role model,” continued Davis.
“It teaches us how to be friends to the campers and how to be there for
them if they need help and advice.”
Davis, who has been a Junior
Ambassador and served on the Junior Fair Board, hopes to attend Ohio
State University and major in Ag Business.
“As a camper I loved
camp,” said Carey. “I want to make sure that future campers love it as
much as I did. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a lot of new
friends, both as a camper and as a counselor. You get to do a lot of
things you never had the chance to do before.”
“Being a counselor
helps me to learn how to work with different age groups and how to be
patient with each age group,” continued Carey. “I am so thankful that I
have had the opportunity to work with them. They teach me more than I
Young Eli Scarlett, who is in the Cloverbuds, is excited because he is going to get to Coverbud Camp.
“We’ve been learning how to make paper airplanes,” said Scarlett.
is a key word for many younger 4-Hers such as Alex Showalter who is in
the first year with 4-H. Showalter, who has always liked people, finds
that 4-H has given a greater opportunity to make a bunch of new friends.
For fourth-year 4-Her Evan Scarlett, it’s all about making new projects and showing them at the fair.
good when you see that you have ribbons with your project,” said
Scarlett. “One of the things I’ve been learning is interviewing skills
and telling about my projects.”
One of the biggest moments for
Scarlett so far has been the fact that he was able to show a woodworking
project at State Fair last year.
“I really like 4-H Camp,” said
second year participant Ean Scarlett. “I like all of the activities but
my favorite activity is archery.”
Will Sharpe, in his second year in 4-H, also enjoys shooting sports and activity war games.
like it because you get to help out in the community. It gives you good
experiences around life and its responsibilities,” observed Sharpe.