McKenzie Davis and Frankie Carey are looking forward to returning to 4-H Camp as camp counselors this summer. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
McKenzie Davis and Frankie Carey are looking forward to returning to 4-H Camp as camp counselors this summer. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
VAN WERT – Van Wert County 4-H Camp counselors are already looking forward to this year’s camp experiences. McKenzie Davis, a senior at Lincolnview High School, will be a camp counselor for the fourth time and Frankie Carey, a Lincolnview junior, will be spending her third year as a camp counselor.

Both agree that serving in camp has not only been an opportunity to have fun and partake of camping experiences, but it has allowed both of them to learn how to be better team members, leaders and learn how to feel the hurt and concerns of those they serve who may need a reaching hand.

“I enjoy seeing kids have fun at camp and learn more games and activities than they would know at home,” said Davis. “I had an awesome counselor when I was at camp. It makes me appreciate 4-H more.”

“It teaches us the importance of being a good role model,” continued Davis. “It teaches us how to be friends to the campers and how to be there for them if they need help and advice.”

Davis, who has been a Junior Ambassador and served on the Junior Fair Board, hopes to attend Ohio State University and major in Ag Business.

“As a camper I loved camp,” said Carey. “I want to make sure that future campers love it as much as I did. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a lot of new friends, both as a camper and as a counselor. You get to do a lot of things you never had the chance to do before.”

“Being a counselor helps me to learn how to work with different age groups and how to be patient with each age group,” continued Carey. “I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to work with them. They teach me more than I teach them.”

Young Eli Scarlett, who is in the Cloverbuds, is excited because he is going to get to Coverbud Camp.

“We’ve been learning how to make paper airplanes,” said Scarlett.

“Friendship” is a key word for many younger 4-Hers such as Alex Showalter who is in the first year with 4-H. Showalter, who has always liked people, finds that 4-H has given a greater opportunity to make a bunch of new friends.

For fourth-year 4-Her Evan Scarlett, it’s all about making new projects and showing them at the fair.

“It’s good when you see that you have ribbons with your project,” said Scarlett. “One of the things I’ve been learning is interviewing skills and telling about my projects.”

One of the biggest moments for Scarlett so far has been the fact that he was able to show a woodworking project at State Fair last year.

“I really like 4-H Camp,” said second year participant Ean Scarlett. “I like all of the activities but my favorite activity is archery.”

Will Sharpe, in his second year in 4-H, also enjoys shooting sports and activity war games.

“I like it because you get to help out in the community. It gives you good experiences around life and its responsibilities,” observed Sharpe.