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4-H'ers attend counselor training

Chelsea Drown of Osakis (left) and Megan Egenes of Alexandria, both Douglas County 4-H members, attended a 4-H camp counselor training in March. (Contributed photo)

Chelsea Drown of Osakis, Liberty Livewires 4-H Club, and Megan Egenes of Alexandria, Chippewans 4-H Club, attended 4-H camp counselor training on March 16 at the Extension Regional Center near Morris.

The nine-hour training is a state requirement for all youth to become camp counselors. It ensures that camp counselors have the tools to provide a safe, respectful and engaging experience for the campers.

Life skills such as communication, teamwork and cooperation were learned, as well as how to handle homesickness, understanding age groups, new games and songs, basic first aid and event planning.

Counselors were trained for the Discover Your Treasure 4-H camp to be held June 18-20 at the University of Minnesota Morris campus and the Junior Leader Workshop to be held in October at Faith Haven Camp near Battle Lake.

4-H is open to anyone in grades kindergarten through one year post high school. There is also a program for kindergarten to 2nd graders, called Cloverbuds.

For information about 4-H camps, youth leadership opportunities or 4-H, contact the Douglas County Extension office at (320) 762-3890 or visit the Douglas County Service Center at 720 Fillmore Street, Alexandria.