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More than 100 youth attend 4-H camp

4-H camping participants included (left to right) Kayla Egenes of Alexandria, Counselor Megan Egenes of Alexandria, Counselor Ariel Way of Garfield, Counselor Lauren Engebretson of Alexandria and CJ Schlosser of Alexandria. (Contributed photo)

One hundred and one youth from 12 counties attended the annual 4-H camp held at the University of Minnesota Morris, June 19-21. This was an increase of 15 campers from the previous year. The camp's theme was "Road Trip to 4-H Camp," featuring four different cultures.

"4-H is a great environment for youth to grow, learn about themselves and make many new friends," said extension educator Brian McNeill. "Camp is a safe place where youth learn some independence in a supportive way."

The 4-H camp was three days and two nights for 3-6 graders. Nineteen youth in grades 7-12 were trained and had various leadership roles. This year's co-directors were Jade Kutzke from Meeker County and Lauren Engebretson from Douglas County.

4-H is open to anyone in kindergarten through one year past high school.

For more information or to join 4-H, call the University of Minnesota Extension Office of Douglas County at (320) 762-3890 or visit the Douglas County Service Center Building at 720 Fillmore Street, Alexandria.