Hardin County youth meet new friends at summer camp

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With the school year almost over, Hardin County youth will be heading for West KY 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs the week of June 21 through 24. 
With this year’s theme “Win it in a 4-H Minute” Hardin County youth will join others from Breckinridge, Caldwell, Lyon and Trigg counties for some of the best days of their entire summer. 
“Meeting new friends” tops the list as some of the favorite things at camp while learning to Sally  down the alley runs a close second.  Crafts, nature, fishing, canoeing, archery and shooting sports are also among the long list of activities found at 4-H summer camp. In addition to the traditional camping activities, several campers can learn basic horsemanship thanks to the students at Murray State University Equine division.
While campers find these activities “fun and awesome,” the camping experience also helps develop independence, responsibility, self-confidence and camaraderie among peers, teen counselors, camp staff and adult volunteers. More than 80 percent of participants indicate that they learned to take care of themselves, to try something new and felt good about something they had accomplished at camp. While this may seem trivial to an adult, it is a big step to building one’s self- esteem.
All of the KY 4-H Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) while providing a safe, nurturing and fun environment.
For information on 4-H Summer Camp call the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Office at 765-4121 or visit www.hardinext.org and click on the green 4-H Youth Development box at the top of the page.