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Elks send two Alton youth to summer programs

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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The University of Missouri-Oregon County Extension announced recently that due to the generosity and civic devotion of the West Plains Elk's Lodge, the Extension was able to send two Alton youths to 4-H events on full scholarships. Miranda Moore received a scholarship to attend Camp Clover Point (June 18-21) at Lake of the Ozarks while Tony Cupp received a scholarship to attend the 4-H State Congress (May 30- June1) in Columbia.

"The Oregon County Extension office is grateful to the Elks' Lodge for their support of our youth as they work toward becoming future leaders," said 4-H Youth Program Assistant Scott Greer.

4-H Summer Camp

Moore, an Alton High School junior, will attend Camp Clover Point as a camp counselor. She is planning to use this experience to further prepare her for her future in the education field.

Summer camp is one of the most valuable learning experiences a child can have, Greer said.

"Young people need strong relationships and emotional skills to meet today's challenges," Greer said. "Through camping, young people learn independence, responsibility, how to get along with others, and how to make the right decisions."

Camp promotes cooperation, teamwork and respect for other people and the natural environment.

Extension leaders said camp is more than just a leisure activity for youth. Evaluations conducted by 4-H staff across Missouri show that camp develops essential life skills in youth. In these studies, the specific life skills evaluated are teamwork, self-responsibility, learning by doing and social skills. Parents and youth agree that 4-H camp is a valuable educational experience.

4-H State Congress

Cupp, an Alton eighth-grader, will attend 4-H State Congress at the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Congress is designed for Missouri 4-H members ages 14-19. The Missouri State 4-H Council plans and implements the event that is held on the University of Missouri campus.

Objectives

* Elect the State 4-H Council

* Enjoy quality workshops and educational opportunities

* Experience campus living -- residence halls, cafeterias, classrooms, etc.

* Get to know other 4-H youth from across Missouri and have fun

What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be future leaders. 4-H members have the opportunity to learn more about activities that interest them. There are over 50 projects to choose from with two or three levels for each project, making fun learning experiences for the beginner, intermediate or advanced participant. In addition, members participate in community service projects, county fairs, camps, club parties, and trips to other states and even other countries.



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