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Local 4-H members enjoying a busy Summer

4-H has been busy the first half of the summer! Local youth have participated in day camps during summer weeks 1 and 2 such as beginner cooking camp and kebob grilling camp where they learned about food safety and handling, cooking and grilling techniques, selecting healthy food options, and kitchen safety. Additionally youth were able to go visit a local restaurant, a vegetable farm, a meat packing plant, and a local marketplace.
Some of our middle high school students spent the weekend at a leadership retreat between week 2 and 3 where they learned about state 4-H events, improved their public speaking presence, and met youth from all over the state of Florida.
For week 3, twenty-nine Gilchrist County youth traveled to beautiful Camp Cherry Lake where they kayaked, played field sports, made crafts, danced, did shooting sports, developed independence by spending the week away from home, and made lasting memories.
For week 4, some of our high school students traveled to our state capitol in Tallahassee to participate in 4-H Legislature. Each were assigned a role as a senator, lobbyist, representative or media correspondent and did spent the week discussing bills, debating, and presenting information. Hunter Allen, our county council Vice President this year, was selected out of approximately 70 lobbyists as a Chris Allen award winner which honors the most outstanding 2 lobbyists for the week.
We are off to a great start for the summer, and would like to thank all who have helped to support the summer program. A special thank you to Glory Farms (Hugh and Rita Martin and Joshua Moore) for donating watermelons for delicious summer snacks for our 4-H kids!
We have 4 more weeks of summer activities to share with you for ages 5-18, please call the 4-H office if you would like more information at 463-3174.
Jessica Altum Cooper
Gilchrist County 4-H Agent

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