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Black Friday is only a week away, but you can get one gift taken care of TODAY!

Making my list…checking it twice…adding 4-H Camp for a kid who’s been nice!

This holiday season, parents and grandparents get swamped with requests for the newest toys or gadgets.  Does it drive you crazy?  So, I have a suggestion for you.  Give the gift of 4-H Camp this year.

Life skills to last a lifetime

I began attending 4-H summer camp when I was eight.  As a new and eager 4-H member, I learned so many life skills I still use to this day – like making my bed, cleaning up after myself, helping others, learning to be an independent thinker and most of all, leadership.  At the age of eight, I was a leader!  I was only leading myself, but I was responsible for myself.  As I grew in the 4-H program, I became a camp counselor leading other youth.  4-H camp taught me so many wonderful skills as a child, and I only thought I was having fun!   

Fun, adventure (and education, too)

When a child attends 4-H summer camp, their week is full of fun and adventure.  Youth will learn to kayak, dance and even shoot a bow!  Many of our youth experience new and exciting adventures like learning how to build a fire and even what “Ga-Ga Ball” is all about.  In addition to all the “fun” stuff, 4-H camp teaches life skills, like how to get along with others, independence and leadership.  If you have a teen in your family, 4-H camp provides leadership experiences that can help them with college scholarships and applications.

4-H Camp keeps on giving

We’ve all seen Christmas gifts go unused shortly after they are taken out of the box.  The gift of 4-H camp will not go unused and will keep giving every year as your child, grandchild, niece or nephew grows in the 4-H program.  Contact your local UF/IFAS County Extension Office and find out how to register the child on your list for 4-H Camp today.

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