• By Ryan Farley, Extension Agent

4-H/Youth Development

Woodford County 4-H sets new camping record

After setting a new 4-H camping attendance record last year, Woodford County 4-H eagerly anticipated this upcoming camping season.Last year’s week was the perfect storm of an amazing group of campers, the return to North Central 4-H Camp and a big jump in attendance.

This year the question remained, could Woodford County 4-H continue its newfound excellence in camping. Well after the 2018 4-H camp week of July 16-20, the answer is a resounding yes!

This year Woodford County spent five days at 4-H Camp alongside 4-Hers from Scott and Franklin County. Though rain capped the week, the skies were sunny and blue throughout most of Tuesday through Thursday and made for a great week of camp. Over 130 campers attended 4-H Camp from Woodford County alone, shattering the record set last year of 95. In all, including campers, counselors and Extension staff the Woodford County group numbered 161 total, blowing by last year’s total number of 122. Likewise, the camping group including all three counties set a new record, bringing a total of 422 people to camp.

Rejuvenated by the new air conditioning in the cabins, bathhouses and dining hall, campers spent the week taking classes, competing alongside their teams at water and field Olympics and sallying down the alley. The week wrapped up with a campfire Thursday night, and Friday morning brought awards and tearful goodbyes. While 4-H Camp 2018 has just ended and school is right over the horizon, planning has already begun for 4-H Camp 2019. To check out some great camp pictures, head to Facebook and search for Woodford County 4-H to find the Woodford County 4-H page.

If you are interested in attending camp next summer, make sure to enroll in 4-H starting Sept. 1. For more information, you can call the Woodford County Extension Office at 859-873-4601 or email ryan.farley@uky.edu

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