Nova Sco­tia and South­west Saskatchew­an youth en­joy 4-H Club to Club Ex­change

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July was a busy month for ten 4-H youth mem­bers from South­west Saskatchew­an, specif­i­cally from District 3 and 4. They par­tic­i­pated in a 4-H Club to Club Ex­change which saw them host seven 4-H mem­bers from Nova Sco­tia from July 3 to 12.

While here the youth trav­elled to both West and East Block of Grass­lands Na­tional Park, they par­tic­i­pated in a brand­ing, they went on a horse drawn wagon ride. They ex­pe­ri­enced a day in the life of a pen rider at Red Coat Cat­tle Feeder, where they learned the in­tri­ca­cies of the high tech pro­duc­tion of a feed­lot.

They also re­searched and fol­lowed the trail of the North West Mounted Po­lice from Wood Moun­tain to 70 Mile Butte, all the way to Fort Walsh. There the youth were put to the test as new re­cruits, and were ex­posed to our First Na­tion’s cul­ture through gain­ing an un­der­stand­ing of Sit­ting Bull and the Bat­tle of Lit­tle Bighorn, as well they learned about the Cy­press Hills Mas­sacre. They en­joyed time in the teepee at Fort Walsh vis­it­ing with in­dige­nous woman as they demon­strated bead­ing and leather work.

The ex­change con­sisted of more than just tour­ing. Youth par­tic­i­pated in the 4-H “Hands to Larger Ser­vice” pro­gram where youth built gi­ant Jenga games that would be dis­persed back to each youth’s school com­mu­ni­ties. They also put on a com­mu­nity sup­per/bingo in Mankota which all the pro­ceeds were do­nated back to the Ar­nal Fam­ily Bur­sary and Camp Easter Seal. The com­mu­nity event saw up­wards of 150 peo­ple in at­ten­dance and raised over $1,600 to be split be­tween these very de­serv­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Be­fore re­turn­ing home, the Nova Sco­tia 4-H mem­bers vis­ited the Tun­nels of Moose Jaw, the Saskatchew­an Leg­is­la­ture, and went kayak­ing on Was­cana Lake. It was truly an hon­our to show off our great prov­ince, its tourism sights, and its “Liv­ing Sky”.

Their jour­ney did not end there. On July 22 to 30 these same youth ex­pe­ri­enced Nova Sco­tia in its finest. They went whale watch­ing where two hump­back whales put on a show in dense fog. They toured var­i­ous na­tional his­toric sites, gained an un­der­stand­ing of the Aca­dian cul­tures in­clud­ing home­made “Rap­pie Pie”. Vis­it­ing both rocky and sandy beaches were on the agenda as well as par­tic­i­pat­ing in a 4-H club tug-a-war prac­tice. These were only a por­tion of the great ex­pe­ri­ences and friend­ships that these youth ex­pe­ri­enced.

These once in a life­time op­por­tu­ni­ties and friend­ships were made pos­si­ble through the very gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship of 4-H Canada, Her­itage Canada, and many lo­cal gen­er­ous do­na­tions. These youth not only gained pride in show­ing off their home prov­ince, but got to ex­pe­ri­ence travel and cul­ture from a very dis­tinct and beau­ti­ful far away part of our coun­try, that they will have a fond­ness for, for years to come.

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Par­tic­i­pants in the 4-H Club to Club Ex­change be­tween youth from Nova Sco­tia and South­west Saskatchew­an were: TOP (L to R): Emily Mcmil­lan, An­nika Roberge and Haden Smith. MID­DLE (L to R): Erin Roberge, Shaye Le­gros, Han­nah Goffinet, Jane Hansen, Aspen Blake, Treena Blake. BOT­TOM (L to R): Arlis Hansen, Kade Gavelin, Hai­ley Yaremko.

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