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Youngest 4-H members get a camp of their own

Article Date: 
7 June, 2013 (All day)

Five- to 8-year-olds had the chance to pledge their heads, hearts, hands and health to themselves and others on May 28-29 at the first annual Cloverbud 4-H Camp.  4-H has been an important organization in Morgan County for over 100 years and now younger kids have the opportunity to be involved.  The group met at the Morgan County Courthouse for their activities during this day camp that lasted two days.
The first day of camp surprised the leaders as children kept arriving for the event.  They planned on 30; however, by the time the children were in rotation they had 48 participants and had to close registration for the camp.  
The first day the young group rotated through a fun itinerary of activities and learning.  They discussed community helpers including crossing guards and policemen. In this rotation, they made their own badge and stop sign to emulate these helpful individuals.  They discussed what they do and how they help.
At another rotation they learned about manners. They discussed proper etiquette in different situations.  They role played different situations.  They practiced properly setting a table and then created one-of-a-kind thank you cards.  
The Cloverbuds created music makers by filling containers with dried beans or corn at another station.  These groups had the chance to try different beats and rhythms.  Many of the children had a hard time sitting still and danced to the beat of their own music.  One group erupted in giggles as they shook their music makers hard enough they were sure they could smell popcorn.
One station hungry 4-H members were eager to participate in was a food demonstration.  Each child was able to make their own fudge with a few ingredients, a ziplock bag and a little muscle.  They also made ants on a log, a tasty celery treat.  
One of the biggest hits of the entire camp was held on the back lawn.  The children made rockets and took turns making them fly high into the air.  The excitement over the rockets continued into the next day.  
The second day brought new youthful helpers as the 4-H Teen Council planned and led the activities.  A game of food concentration filled a huge section of the courthouse auditorium as the teens helped the 4H members identify food groups after making matches.  
The children learned about animals and dinosaurs in two different groups.  After conversing about different species, the groups tried their artistic skills.  Egg, egg, dinosaur (played like duck, duck, goose) was a hit as the kids ran around in circles.  
Outside the teens helped the members plant seeds and to have races transporting fresh eggs collected by Aspen Francis.  On the other side of the lawn, Hailey Clark gave a lesson in warming up by comparing cooked noodles to warmed up muscles and uncooked noodles to muscles that had not been warmed up.  She explained how warming up before exercise and activity can help prevent injury.  The group then ran jumped and wove through an obstacle course.
The teens were able to work on their planning, teaching and leadership skills, while the Cloverbuds had a great time.  This gave the younger 4-H members good role models and a good experience.  
These young 4-H members have a chance to continue their activity throughout the summer by participating in Summer 4-H in the park.  Summer in the Park is open to all youth, not just 4-H members, and is June 19 and 26 and continues July 3 and 10.  They will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Enterprise, Morgan and Croydon Parks.  
Cloverbud members are eligible to enter items in the fair.  Each member will receive a participation ribbon and a $1 premium.  Entries from this age group will not be judged, but the participants will still get the experience of entering items in the fair.  They can enter any of the categories older 4-H members can enter.  Everything from baked goods, arts and crafts, posters on topics such as camp and more will be accepted.   This is a great opportunity for children to earn their own money to spend at the fair. 
The first Cloverbud group in Morgan began meeting in January, halfway through the traditional 4-H year which runs from October to October.  Since that time the groups have learned about pets and animals, plants, citizenship, money and budgets, and more.  They have met after school at both the Morgan Elementary and the Mountain Green Elementary schools to include as many children as possible.  The group will continue after-school activities in August or September.  
To find out more about the Cloverbud program or any other 4-H questions, contact the Morgan County Extension Office in the Courthouse, 48 W Young Street. Phone: (801) 829-3472. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.