LAKE CREEK CAMP - The 1970s 4-H camp, held June 27 through July 1, was a tie-dyed fun-filled success.-
This year 50 campers from Grant and Harney counties attended the camp at Lake Creek.
The camp is an annual five-day educational event, sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service in Grant and Harney counties for youth completing fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
The camp featured classes and activities centered around the theme chosen by the previous year's campers and life skills emphasized by the counselors.
The counselors are older youth from Grant and Harney counties who have completed hours of training prior to camp. Eighteen counselors helped campers learn skills and experience new sights and activities.
Teamwork and an appreciation for the natural environment were the major focus. Each class and activity included some part of the 1970s theme.
Campers learned new information, tried activities for the first time, and developed friendships. The "helping hands" project for this year was making table mats that could be used and enjoyed in adult foster care, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. Other activities were a four hour nature hike, campfire songs and skits, and the mysterious mosquito ceremony known only to the campers.-
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday campers participated in classes reflecting the 1970s. They included songs, tie-dying, table games, making paper, friendship bracelets, disco ball making, birdhouses, outdoor cookery, weather, flower identification, pet rocks, trees and teamwork.
Five full scholarships were provided: Jordin Cowdrey received the Sharon Geiger Memorial Scholarship; Jon Kimball received the Swede Pearson Memorial Scholarship; Dustin Gibson received a scholarship from the John Day Lions Club; and Daryl Ann Waltenburg and Brad Woodell received scholarships from the John Day Kiwanis.
In addition, the Grant County 4-H Leaders Association provided partial scholarships to Trevor Josi, Lorelle Bowling, Michael Snyder, Kayla Lambeth, Penny Ratliff, Mary Cade, Payton Warner, Samantha Boyer, Sabrina and Lance Saling, and Bianca Thomas.
Grant County counselors were Alec Oliver, Ashley Mund, Wilson Bruning, Marc DesJardin, Rebecca Locke and Marley Winkelman.-
Grant County adults teaching classes at camp were Maxine Day, Jami Chamberlain, Linda Brown, Sherri Bebb, Sue Malaney, Elaine Husted, Bob Parker and Pat Henry.
Next year's theme is "Hawaii." Hopefully, we will see many new and returning youth members.
Jami Chamberlain, an OSU Extension intern, was a counselor at the camp. For information about 4-H and OSU Extension, call 575-1911.