Mount Olympus at 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa

“Mount Olympus” was the Greek mythology theme of the 2017 Pepin, Buffalo, Trempealeau and Pierce Counties’ 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa in Marine on St.Croix, Minnesota from June 14-16, 2017.  Over 120 youth ages 9 – 14 attended this year’s camp with 25 teen leaders contributing their leadership skills and time to serve as camp counselors.

Amelia Ingli enjoys singing around the campfire

Morgan Moline give a thumbs up for cooking over the campfire.

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 Greek myth cabin 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.

Camp friends

.New this year was an “inpost” experience for seventh and eighth graders that incorporated the elements of both base camp and outpost with a close-knit group of campers guided by a college student, Kali Ashmore. The campers that participated in this inaugural event were Paige Danzinger, Makena Moline, Brooke Putz and Rylee Rosenberg. The experience was intended to provide a unique experience for campers and serve as a simple counselor-in-training experience as well.

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 designed and engineered Greek pillars and exploded Mount Olympus using a chemical reaction.   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 Counselors

4-H Camp Kinnissippewa is made possible by its 4-H teen 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. Pepin County 4-H counselors included Stephanie Brantner and Lauren Hendel.  Jordin McMahon and Brianna Hass, experienced counselors, served as Junior Directors for the Outpost and Base 4-H Camps.

To learn more about 4-H Camp or 4-H contact the Pepin County Extension Office at 715-672-5214 or Marie Ritscher at marie.ritscher@ces.uwex.edu.