Eastern 4-H Center, Here We Come!

— Written By Erin Massie

MAKING A CHANGE…….Beaufort County will be camping at the Eastern 4-H Center this year. Make the switch with us and be closer to home.

We have a few seats on our bus and a few beds available for Beaufort County youth to come with us for a week away from home at the Eastern 4-H Center! You do not have to be in 4-H to attend. Campers must between the ages of 8-14. “It is developmentally appropriate for a child ages 8-14 to leave home and family to attend a week of summer

Camp,” states Louise L Hinsley, Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development. “The separation is harder on the parents then the camper. Campers adjust quickly as camp residential staff are ready to greet them and they have so many fun things to do at 4-H Camp, the campers stay engaged!”  “I love 4-H Camp!” states Hinsley. “My role is exciting as I help youth in our county have a camping experience they will always cherish.”

“We have a few spaces open on our chartered bus and need parents to sign their children up for a very memorable week, July 28-August 2, at Eastern Center 4-H Camp.”  The total fee is $465 with a $165 deposit due at the time of registration. The remaining balance of $300 is due by June 20. Spaces are filled on a first-come-first serve basis. Camp orientation is scheduled for June 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beaufort County Ag. Center on Airport Road just past the entrance to McConnell Sports Complex in Washington.

Eastern 4-H Center is located outside of Columbia on a 250 acres site facing beautiful     Bull’s Bay and includes woodland, meadows, forest, wetland, creeks and rivers, boardwalks. Nature trails and boat piers give easy access to natural acres, which is operated year round by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service through NC State University. In the summer campers enjoy a week of outdoor Adventurer during 4-H Camp!

The Eastern 4-H Camp provides age appropriate, small group experiences in an enjoyable, noncompetitive environment. The programs are carried out with particular attention to age appropriateness and safety. Throughout the week, campers enjoy daily activities with their co-ed groups. These include swimming in the pool, canoeing and kayaking on Bull’s Bay, climbing the climbing tower, archery, air riflery, crafts, environ-mental studies, as well as other fun filled activities. The older groups participate in teambuilding and high ropes elements. Evening programs consist of the Talent Show, Land/Water sports, Campfires, Awards Ceremony and Dance.

Our oldest campers13-14 year olds, called Adventurers may experience a river trip. Adventurers learn outdoor living skills, at an outpost site on the Center property. Enrollment in the Adventurers group is limited. It is filled on a first come first served basis. A special consent form must be completed before any child will be placed in the Adventurers group.

The Eastern 4-H Center has a staff ratio of 1 adult to eight campers We provide full 24 hour supervision for all campers. Staff training is provided by the Center that includes CPR, first aid, and non-violent conflict resolution. Background checks are performed on the American and International Staff. Each cabin has 2 counselors. Activity groups are co-ed and have a male and female counselor, as well as an activity instructor present.

The state of the art facility offers climate controlled living quarters with private showers and flush toilets. While outdoors provides and optimal background for education and recreation, the music and art center and well-equipped science lab are areas for fun while learning.

Hinsley commented, “I can honestly market 4-H Camp by telling you about the 8 year old that successfully learned to swim, Cabin 6’s super clean cabin inspections!!!, new friends, new experiences, or the shy child that called me two weeks after camp and wanted to go back the next summer, the great climbing wall with my friends cheering me on, and the bond between camper and counselor, their new role model, the good food, the fun and craft, the super talent skit…My point is 4-H Camp is great for children and I will be happy to talk to any parent or child about the 4-H Camping Program. I know in my heart of hearts the Beaufort County Campers had a GREAT time at Camp last year and we are excited about going to the Eastern Center this year!

“I am a product of 5 years of 4-H Summer Camp as a youth and have great memories of camp Yes, it was hot, and we had bug bites and wet shoes with blisters..it was “summer” Camp! Now, as a tenured 4-H Agent for the last 28 years, I still love 4-H Camp. I look forward to going this summer and seeing those children change before my eyes from timid youth on Sunday without a friend on the bus to the campers that smiles with a tear on Friday when we say farewell until next time!”  Staying away from home in a safe environment is a great experience for our children.

For more information about 4-H Camp or 4-H in general please contact Louise Hinsley or Erin Massie, Extension Agents, 4-H Youth Development, Beaufort County Center, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, 155A Airport Road, Washington, NC  27889 or call (252) 946-0111.