In this Issue:
  • 4-H Saves Lives: A Teen’s Trajectory to Thrive
  • Northwest Teen Retreat 2017
  • Volunteering Makes Good Sense
  • Life Lessons Learned at Camp
  • Growing Independence Through 4-H Clubs
  • Follow the 5 D’s of Mosquito Prevention!
  • 4-H Teen Retreat: Growing Leaders with Help from Farm Credit
  • The Impact of Teen Volunteers As Camp Counselors
  • Nurturing Volunteers = Happy Campers
  • Preparing for Summer Camp
  • Camp

    4-H Saves Lives: A Teen’s Trajectory to Thrive

    Many people know 4-H as the nation’s largest youth development organization. They may also know that 4-H programs focus on life skill development through experiential learning in a safe affirming environment. However, something many may not know is that 4-H, in many cases, is a LIFESAVER! 4-H saves lives daily through positive youth development provided to …

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    Northwest Teen Retreat 2017

    Interested in meeting other 4-H teens across the district?  Do you love camp?  Would you like to be more prepared for state events like 4-H Legislature or 4-H U?  What about scholarships for college?  If any of these questions caught your attention, then Teen Retreat is tailor made for you!  Last year, a committee of …

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    Volunteering Makes Good Sense

    In a world where so many things don’t make sense, Nate Grimsley has discovered something that does.  Ten years ago, Nate’s daughter won 1st place at the Leon County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program and was awarded a full scholarship to Camp Cherry Lake.  Nate had attended camp at Cherry Lake as a camper decades …

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    Life Lessons Learned at Camp

    Its official- summer camp season has started, which inspired me to ponder my own childhood camp experiences and how different they were from what 4-H offers.  My first youth camping experience was not fun, but it also was not through a positive youth development program (gasp!).  That’s right- although I have been a 4-H professional …

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    Growing Independence Through 4-H Clubs

    Today is our final post for this year’s National Volunteer Week Celebration.  We’ve heard from several different types of volunteers- project club leaders, school volunteers, gardening volunteers and SPIN club volunteers.  Today we will hear from Mrs. Linda Jones, a Gadsden County 4-H Community Club Volunteer.  After retiring from a career of teaching, Mrs. Jones stopped …

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    Follow the 5 D’s of Mosquito Prevention!

    It’s February in Florida and as the weather gets warmer we Floridians start to turn our attention to the thousands of outdoor activities our beautiful state has to offer.  Florida is not just known for its natural beauty, it is also known for it abundance of mosquitoes. With the mosquito transmitted Zika virus making headline …

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    4-H Teen Retreat: Growing Leaders with Help from Farm Credit

    Each summer Florida 4-H camps are bustling with 4-H volunteers, staff, and youth enjoying their week long residential camping experience. As a significant delivery mode in experiential learning, residential camping annually is home to nearly 4000 youth participants and 250 volunteers and agents. Within this mixture are some very important teens that give up their …

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    The Impact of Teen Volunteers As Camp Counselors

    Most of us are familiar with the need for our teens to become more independent, better communicators, and to develop good decision making skills.  A quick scan of the news headlines can really make one wonder about the future of our community, country, and world.  This post will help relieve your anxieties!  One of the ways that …

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    Nurturing Volunteers = Happy Campers

    From scrapes and sunburns to headaches and homesickness, Terre Arnold is filling a critical role at 4-H Camp Timpoochee by keeping campers safe and healthy.  During the school year, Terre works as a school health aid and a bus driver so she is a natural fit to serve as the 4-H Camp Timpoochee nurse.  Terre …

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    Preparing for Summer Camp

    School is out and the summer is quickly approaching. As a kid, this was my favorite time of the year because in a few weeks I would be off to summer camp. I was always excited about summer camp because it was a time to make new friends while participating in my favorite outdoor activities. …

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