4-H members attend summer camp opportunities

Several 4-H members in Washington County are attending leadership and education camps this summer. These camps provide opportunities for our local members to broaden their skills while meeting new people from around the country and around the world. Washington County members were awarded scholarships to attend these trips and camps this summer. Our trip sponsors include The Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee, The National Rifle Association Foundation, Nationwide Insurance, Farm Bureau Foundation and Farm Credit Mid-America.

≤ Bijou Burgardt and Melina Matics attended State 4-H Leadership Camp June 1-5. Nationwide and Farm Credit Mid America sponsor the Ohio 4-H State Leadership Camp which began in 1946. This camp is designed to build leadership skills while trying new things without fear or failure. Campers have the opportunity to experience personal growth and a chance to learn new ideas and methods to help strengthen local 4-H programs. The State Leadership camp is one of the best of its kind in the nation. Participants are chosen at the county level and have demonstrated leadership potential.

Bijou is the daughter of John and Prudence Burgardt of Marietta. She is a member of the Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club. Her projects include Get Started in Art and Seeing Through Graphic Design.

Melina is the daughter of Jeff and Sloane Matics of Marietta. She is a member of the Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club. Her projects include Purr-fect Pals, All Systems Go, The Truth about Tobacco, Cake Decorating and Am I Ready for Work.

≤ Kailee Cline will be headed to the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD and visiting our Nation’s Capital at 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus. This week long camp gives 4-H members the opportunity to participate in mock trials, meet their US Representative and Senator, tour the city and major sites as well as a dinner and show. This is the most prestigious trip Washington County offers for youth age 14 or older. Kailee Cline is the daughter of Jason and LeeAnn Cline of Waterford. She is a member of the Running Wild 4-H Club. Her projects include Beef Feeder, Market Beef, Market Goats and Market Hog.

≤ Flora Burgardt and Elizabeth Loughry will begin their adventure in July as they travel to the National 4-H Center for Leadership Washington Focus. This 4-H Leadership program is for youth entering grades seven through nine. Members will work together to accomplish a goal, develop a personal leadership style, exchange ideas and experience hands on learning. This is the sister program to Citizenship Washington Focus which has helped high school 4-H members for over 50 years.

Flora is the daughter of John and Prudence Burgardt of Marietta. She is a member of the Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club. Her projects include All Systems Go and Keeping Fit.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Tim and Cassandra Loughry of Marietta. She is a member of the Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club. Her projects include Not Just Knots.

≤ Eight members from Washington County will be attending Senior or Junior Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp. Josie Burke, Lane Cline, Taylor Haines, Travis Morris, Bryer Robertson, Kaden Robertson and Leann Trippett will be attending senior camp where they will stay five days and learn safe, responsible and ethical use of firearms and archery equipment.

McKensie Mason will have the opportunity to spend three days at junior camp. Campers will choose a discipline including archery, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading, living history or hunting and trapping heritage. Campers will choose one shooting discipline to specialize in. This unique camp is held at Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center in Jackson.

Josie is the daughter of Donald and Shawna Burke of Waterford. She is a member of Bull’s Eye and Decatur Buckeye 4-H Clubs. Her projects include archery, shotgun, market hog, market lamb, All Systems Go, Your Thoughts Matter, and Finding your Voice: Public Speaking.

Lane is the son of Jason and LeAnn Cline of Waterford. He is a member of Running Wild 4-H Club. His projects include beef feeder, market beef, hog, and goats.

Taylor is the daughter of Ray and Christie Haines of Lowell. She is a member of Lowell Lively Lassies and Lads, Bull’s Eye and Washington County Interstate Exchange 4-H Clubs and her projects include rifle, It’s my Home and Finishing Up.

Travis is the son of Thomas Morris and Colleen Michaels of New Matamoras. He is a member of Bulls Eye and Fur & Feather 4-H Clubs and his projects include rifle, archery, pistol, living history, beef breeding, beef feeder, breeding and market goats, chicken exhibition and market.

Bryer and Kaden are the sons of Keith and Sharon Robertson of Fleming. They are members of the Barlow Buckeyes and Bull’s Eye 4-H Clubs. Their projects include archery, shotgun and market chickens.

Leeann is the daughter of Ralph and Connie Trippett of Cutler. She is a member of the Trail Blazers and Bulls Eye 4-H Clubs. Her projects include archery, shotgun, pistol, learning to jump and dressage.

McKensie is the daughter of Dean and Misty Mason of Marietta. She is a member of the Warren Wranglers and Bull’s Eye 4-H Clubs. Her projects include rifle, archery, shotgun, pistol, living history, market hog and duck.

≤ Four members from Washington County will be enjoying the science of flight, building hot air balloons, model rockets and other things that fly at the 4-H Space Adventure Camp held at Marietta College. Hailey Anderson, Sydnee Cline, Michael Gardener and Taylor Starkey will be spending three days of their summer break exploring the stars and planets in the planetarium, learning about an astronaut’s life on a mission, computer flight simulation and space exploration. They will also build and launch their own model rocket.

Hailey Anderson is the daughter of Courtney Anderson of Fleming. She is a member of the Barlow Buckeyes 4-H club. Her projects include market goat and turkey, chickens, pet and breeding rabbits and scrapbooking.

Sydnee Cline is the daughter of Jason and LeAnn Cline of Waterford. She is a member of the Running Wild 4-H Club and her projects include from beef feeder, and market goat and hog.

Michael Gardner is the son of Michael and Mary Gardner of Cutler. He is a member of Bull’s Eye, Awesome Robotics and Barlow Buckeyes 4-H Clubs. His projects include archery, Let’s Start Cooking, The Laundry Project, and Robotics.

Taylor Starkey is the daughter of Joseph and Katie Starkey of Waterford. She is a member of Churchtown Shining Stars and Bull’s Eye 4-H Clubs. Her projects include Snack Attack, rifle, archery, pistol and living history.

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