“Game Time” was the theme of the 2019 Buffalo, Pepin, Trempealeau and Pierce Counties’ 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota from June 11-14, 2019. Over 100 youth ages 9 – 14 attended this year’s camp with 18 youth leaders contributing their leadership skills and time to serve as camp counselors.
Over the three days of base camp, campers in grades three through six took part in a variety of activities designed to help develop leadership, teamwork, communication, critical thinking and outdoor skills. These activities included: drama, nature, archery, arts and crafts, teamwork games, and much more! Base camp also included activities that the youth have always enjoyed, including an obstacle course, group games, swimming, campfires and a climbing wall. One cabin earned the Leaky Canoe Award for their Game Time skit!
At the three day 4-H Outpost Adventure, youth in grades seven and eight participated in a more traditional outdoor camping experience. Youth stayed in tents, swam, hiked at a state park, competed in a teambuilding scavenger hunt, identified trees, learned about waters sources and built their own campfire to cook their meals over daily. Youth gained teambuilding, problem solving and resiliency skills in a collaborative environment.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming that promotes critical thinking and problem solving is a central component of 4-H Camp. 4-H. Campers got to experience learning about the Fibonacci sequence and how to identify it in nature, they even created clay molds displaying the pattern. In addition, youth engaged in experiential learning activities that encouraged them to consider how they could solve real world concerns related to natural resources.
4-H Camp Kinnissippewa is made possible by its counselors who plan, teach and implement the learning experiences for their younger campers. Counselors engage in three days of leadership training that prepare them for working effectively with and caring for youth as well as teaching younger members to be leaders themselves. Buffalo County 4-H counselors included Reece Fernholz, Reece Lisowski, Cameron Patzner and Brooke Putz.