4-H Camp offers outdoor fun for youth

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OREGON - Making new friends, learning new skills, and spending time outdoors are some of the highlights that 4-H campers experienced during 4-H Camp, June 11-15 at LOMC Camp in Oregon.

A total of 67 campers from throughout northern Illinois, including Whiteside, Lee and Carroll counties, participated in the five-day camp. Sixteen teen camp counselors helped lead activities and served as cabin counselors.

Two outstanding campers, Yuriy Guerrero and Faith Green, were recognized for their participation in activities throughout the week. Camp counselors Owen Abell and Erin Stichter were selected as top counselors. Assistance in planning and carrying out camp activities was provided by 4-H adult volunteers Olivia Guerra, Darren Mosher and Ashley Vegter, in addition to University of Illinois Extension staff members, Allie Johnston, Whiteside Extension Program Coordinator and Martha Ebbesmeyer, Youth Development Educator.

Campers were able to select from activities including challenge hikes, archery, canoeing, swimming and crafts. Youth worked together in teams, called “packs,” to gain team building skills throughout the week and participate in activities such as Pack Olympics, a backwards scavenger hunt and a game night. Participants could also choose to sleep under the stars during a “primitive” camp out.

Youth interested in 4-H opportunities such as the summer camp, should contact their local University of Illinois Extension office or search for more information online at https://4h.extension.illinois.edu.