Local youth enjoy 4-H camp

| July 8, 2013

MARTINSBURG – The week of July 4th is the traditional week for Coshocton County youth to attend 4-H Camp Ohio and approximately 150 area boys and girls did just that. And despite the daily rains, torrential downpours and thunderstorms, the kids had fun and made the best of the weather.

Alex Williams, who attends Union School, said this about camp, “I’m enjoying the swimming, seeing people play and everything. I like it.” Alex said he just dealt with the rain and he was looking forward to the dance later that evening (Saturday). He declined to tell The Beacon if he was going to dance with anyone special. When asked about the food, he replied “Awesome!”

Alex said, “It’s pretty cool here,” and he would encourage other youth to attend camp next year. “It is fun to do.”

Lindsey Mandau, who is the program director at Camp Ohio, said, “I enjoy everything about this. I was a camper here, a counselor here, adult staff, I worked seasonal positions here and now am employed full time. I love everything about this camp. I think this camp is special because of all the activities that we do. We have our adventure tower, zip line, climbing wall, a high ropes course, we do all the 4-H shooting sports disciplines. We try to make it special for everybody.”

“It’s important to get kids out doors, getting experience in nature, just making new friends, getting all these life experiences. This year we’re doing something new, called “Health Rocks.” It’s a grant that focuses on healthy lifestyle choices. A lot of that plays into getting the right nutrition, getting physical and all those good things.”

“We typically don’t cancel anything unless it thunderstorms. The kids take rain ponchos, umbrellas and make the best of it. A lot of times they’re just happy to get wet. A lot of the campers will grow up and become counselors. The experiences they get here keep them coming back.”

Lindsey said that the experiences gained at camp and 4-H help young people become successful future leaders in their communities and that camp exemplifies those traditions.”

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