Projects planned at camp

The Covington News - - EDUCATION - TERRI KIM­BLE FULLER­TON COLUM­NIST

Many 4-H alumni talk about the days of county camps in lo­ca­tions closer to home, such as us­ing Salem Camp­ground.

To­day’s 4-H’ers are ac­cus­tomed to our five large 4-H cen­ters from the moun­tains to the coast, so vis­it­ing an old county camp was a real treat this week­end.

Thir­teen 4-H’ers and two lead­ers trav­eled to Rich­mond County 4-H Camp in Au­gusta for an overnight port­fo­lio re­treat. It was hosted by Rich­mond County 4-H’ers and staff, in­clud­ing 4-H agent Robin Turi, who most re­cently worked with 4-H in Rock­dale County.

Rock­dale 4-H’ers also at­tended with agent Brit­tany John­son.

The three coun­ties’ youths spent Fri­day night se­lect­ing projects and writ­ing out their port­fo­lio work for 2013. Port­fo­lios sum­ma­rize the learn­ing, teach­ing, ser­vice and lead­er­ship each sev­enth- through twelfth grade 4-H’er does each cal­en­dar year. Mem­bers de­tail the learn­ing and teach­ing they do within a cer­tain pro­ject area, such as nu­tri­tion, earth science, ve­teri­nary science or sports.

They then record com­mu­nity ser­vice and lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties from any area, in­clud­ing what they have done with school, scouts and church.

The end re­sult is two pages of writ­ing sim­i­lar to a ré­sumé, along with two pages of sup­port­ing ma­te­ri­als and a cover let­ter for high-school stu­dents. Th­ese port­fo­lios are not only used in com­pe­ti­tion, but also can eas­ily help a 4-H mem­ber ap­ply to col­leges and seek schol­ar­ships in the fu­ture.

Sev­enth-graders might have en­tries such as “helped younger brother tie his shoes,” or “packed lunches for sib­lings.”

The older 4-H’ers tend to have more in­volved items, such as “led 12 youths in a river cleanup” or “taught seven classes on nu­clear science to the groups listed.”

The re­treat was a way for new 4-H mem­bers to get a jump start on their port­fo­lios, and for all three coun­ties’ youths to get to know some new friends.

And we were all ex­cited to try out a dif­fer­ent 4-H camp, even if it was pretty rus­tic. I must ad­mit, we joked that it seemed like we were sleep­ing in the seven dwarfs’ cabin – we had never seen such tiny bunk beds! A tree frog landed on my head not once, but twice, dur­ing the night, but I was too tired to care much af­ter the late night and morn­ing work­ing on port­fo­lios and ser­vice projects.

It’s not too late to start on a port­fo­lio. If you are in grades 7-12, give me a call to see how you can start yours and spend a 3-day week­end at Rock Ea­gle with us in March. Stu­dents ages 9 through sixth grade are work­ing on projects right now. Call to make an ap­point­ment to re­ceive help with your 4-H pro­ject.

And now, it’s off to Pitts­burgh, Pa., with sev­eral other Ge­or­gia ex­ten­sion agents as we net­work with a few thou­sand ex­ten­sion agents from around the coun­try.

I am pre­sent­ing a poster ses­sion on how to use national 4-H mar­ket­ing re­sources in county pro­grams.

I am also for­tu­nate to be re­ceiv­ing three awards this week at the con­fer­ence: a ser­vice award, a spe­cialty award for a geospa­tial pro­gram at camp, and my sec­ond national award for this col­umn.

I ap­pre­ci­ate you read­ing each week, and sup­port­ing our youth through 4-H.

Don’t for­get that we are in the fi­nal weeks of our 2013 alu­minum pop-tab col­lec­tion. Bring your tabs into the of­fice this week so we can reach our old record of 598 pounds!

Terri Kim­ble Fuller­ton is the New­ton County 4-H Agent through UGA Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion. She can be reached at tkim­ble@uga. edu.

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