Camp in Columbia

Published 9:05 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4-H move summer camp to Eastern 4-H Center

If Beaufort County kids are looking for an exciting week away from home, they need look no further than Columbia, according to Extension Agent Louise Hinsley.

Hinsley heads up the 4-H Youth Development program at Beaufort County’s North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and she’s looking for five more campers to sign up for a weeklong camp from July 28 to Aug. 2 at Eastern 4-H Center, located on a 250-acre waterfront site amidst fields, forests and wetlands.

Hinsley describes camp activities as age-appropriate, small-group experiences in an enjoyable, noncompetitive environment. Older kids participate in team building, including high ropes elements (learning how to climbing rope nets and traverse rope-bridges in the air, with appropriate harnessing) and Adventurers, ages 13 and 14, have the opportunity to take a river trip to learn outdoor living skills at any outpost on center property, according to Hinsley. Campers ages 8 through 14 are invited to swim, kayak, canoe, walk the nature trails over boardwalks and through wetlands, as well as take part in activities like archery, crafts, and environmental studies and more.

While parents might be concerned about sending their younger children off for their first camping experience, Hinsley had this to say to allay parents’ fears: “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.”

Right now, Hinsley said she’s anticipating 30 children from Beaufort County to attend this year’s camp.

Hinsley is a product of 4-H camp herself, having attended for five years of 4-H summer camp. Her 28 years as a tenured 4-H agent means she gets to relive the summer camp experience through the eyes of the campers.

“My role is exciting, as I help youth in our county have a camping experience they will always cherish,” Hinsley said. “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.”

For more information about 4-H Camp, contact Louise Hinsley or Erin Massie at 252-946-0111. Five camper slots are still open. Children do not have to be a 4-H member to attend.