During the weekend of March 1-3, 13 Vernon Parish 4-H youth, along with 190 other 4-H youth, wrapped up an eventful weekend during 4-H Challenge Camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock.

During the weekend of March 1-3, 13 Vernon Parish 4-H youth, along with 190 other 4-H youth, wrapped up an eventful weekend during 4-H Challenge Camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock.  
Challenge Camp is geared toward seventh and eighth grade students, with activities that include an array of different physical and mental challenges that develop leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.  
The camp also provides older youth as counselors, with several opportunities to practice their leadership skills as they work with younger campers.  
Youth experience working with campers from diverse background and cultures from the 13 parishes that attend.  
Parishes that participated included Rapides, Grant, Allen, Beauregard, Avoyelles, Richland, LaSalle, Pointe Coupee, Vernon, St. Landry, Vermilion, Calcasieu and Evangeline.
As soon as the campers arrive, youth are placed in groups with campers from other parishes.  
The first round of activities are get acquainted challenges the group must complete in order to secure materials to construct cardboard airplanes.  
The second day groups rotate between indoor and outdoor challenges that youth work in groups to complete such as the Egg Drop, Nitro Crossing, Trolley, Spider Web, Domino Effect and more.   
The activities are designed to facilitate communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
The camp theme was “In Search of Green in 2013,” and youth were treated to an awards banquet. Adults, dressed in pirate costumes, worked as servers for the event.   
The finale of the camp was a cardboard airplanes race.  
Team members plan and construct the planes using cardboard and tape.  
Members from each team must fly the finished plane towards a finish line.
Vernon Parish Campers included: Gracie Walker and Allyson Holaway of Evans Junior 4-H; Alyssa Anderson and Brenna Prewitt of Simpson Junior 4-H; Holden Bailey and Lauren Paddy of Rosepine; Emily Volpe and Elizabeth Brown of Hornbeck Junior 4-H; Cody Thomas and Ariana Smith of Leesville Junior 4-H; Ashlin Goleman of Pitkin Junior 4-H and Emli Morgan of Pickering Junior 4-H. Also attending as teen counselors were Kristen Eusay of Anacoco Senior 4-H, Lillie Minion and Hunter Minion of Evans Senior 4-H and Linzy Pelt of Rosepine Senior 4-H. Adults included J.J. Minion, Scott Lee, and Chad Hagan and Kem Johnson both with the LSU AgCenter here in Vernon.
For more information on 4-H and other youth development program activities, or if you are interested in serving as a volunteer or overnight chaperone, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service at 227-239-3231.