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Cloverbuds get a taste of camp life

Wisconsin State Farmer
Columbia Cloverbud camp members are pictured (front, from left) Ross Rhode, Vincent Bertrum, Gretta Hahn, Briella Brusveen, Cordelia Nyden, Beau Grosklaus, and Colin Langan, (middle) Shia Grosklaus, Katherine Hansen, Catherine Wendt, Kayden Bauman, Bradyn Starkenburg, Liam Seiler, David Maier, Nora Zieroth, Cash Radkiewicz, Katze Zieroth, (back) Allison Monfort, Madelyn Chapman, and Jimmy Heath.

POYNETTE - Seventeen 4-H Cloverbud youth attended the annual Columbia County 4-H Cloverbud Camp held recently at MacKenzie Environmental Center.

Youth, grades kindergarten through second grade, attended the day camp, which gives a camp experience without the overnight stay.  Camp activities were conducted by MacKenzie Center staff, volunteer 4-H adult and youth leaders as well as UW Extension staff.  

The theme for the day was “It’s a Small World.” Campers traveled from station to station with their passports and learned about how individuals exist in a world that really is not as big as one might think.  

Campers created crafts that were related to two different countries and prepared their own noon meal by using utensil-less cooking techniques over a campfire.  They also explored the MacKenzie Center pond, another part of their world and even had a chance to visit the animal exhibit at the Center.   

The 4-H Cloverbud program focuses on building self-esteem and creativity for younger member. Youth, ages kindergarten through second grade, are able to discover 4-H through experiences in expressive arts, mechanical sciences, environmental education, personal growth, animal sciences, family living, home environment and more.

For more information about 4-H youth opportunities in Columbia County and beyond, contact the Columbia County UW Extension Office at 608-742-9680 and ask for Karen Nelson or Pat Wagner.