Another Successful Year at State 4-H Camp

The 2018 Delaware 4-H State Camp proved to be the highlight of the Delaware 4-H summer calendar as 200 4-H youth from across the state attended the two week session held in mid-June.

2018 marked the seventieth anniversary of Delaware 4-H State Camp being held at the same location, Camp Barnes in Frankford, Delaware. Enrollments were full both weeks of camp with approximately one hundred, nine thru nineteen year old 4-H youth in attendance each week. Counselors, the majority of whom were campers themselves in years past, guided campers through their classes and recreational activities. From kayaking to outdoor cooking and archery, camp classes ran the gamut of traditional outdoor learning with 4-H youth taking with them life experiences at every turn. Special thanks this year to 4-H volunteer leaders, Dave Simpson and Denis Shaffer for taking charge of preparing and cooking the traditional Wednesday BBQ chicken dinner and to Dave Mitchell and Neil Anger for their assistance as archery instructors. In addition, a deep thanks to adult volunteer leader Theresa Scott for serving as the camp nurse for the entire duration of the second week. 4-H Camp cannot be the special place it is without the time selflessly given by our 4-H volunteers and 2018 was no different.

Needless to say, the 2018 4-H State Camp was a tremendous success. Campers experienced the beauty of Camp Barnes in a safe and secure setting with caring adults and counselors ensuring that the essential elements of the 4-H program were constant: generosity, belonging, independence and mastery. All of us on the State 4-H staff look forward to a wonderful seventy first year of 4-H State Camp in 2019 and look back fondly on this past summer.