By Samantha Richards
4-H Youth Mentor and Camp Counselor
Well it’s all over now; time to return back home. 4-H Camp Ocala was out of this world! All of the campers had a great time meeting new friends and the counselors had a chance to prove how responsible they really are. Camp gives the youth the chance to learn something new, meet new friends, all while having fun.
From right after 2012 Camp Ocala ended until the counselors arrived Sunday evening, camp was being planned to make it an amazing experience for all. The campers (and some counselors) were put outside of the traditional summer vacation of video games and junk food.
At Camp Ocala 4-H’ers have the opportunity to wake up early for Early Morning Awesomeness, which included Recreational Activities, Fishing, Kayaking and Canoeing. During camp, everyone gets fed several times a day to promote a healthy lifestyle. There are many outdoor activities that the youth can choose from, including: Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery, Outdoor Adventures, Aquatic World and O.C.A.L.A., but there are also a bunch of indoor activities for those who may want to stay out of the sun like: Rocketry, Ballroom and Recreational Dancing, Girls Day Spa, Science Insanity, and even a Culinary Class. My favorite class is a tie between going across the lake for a night in O.C.A.L.A. and Canoeing with all my friends.
On Thursday night the 4-H Spirit Awards are given out. Pinellas County counselors and campers were represented by John R., Marquasia B. and Nathan M.
As Friday came we all began to remember our exciting adventures at Camp Ocala and say goodbye to all of our fellow campers in what is called a Friendship Circle. Even though we are from all over the Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, and Hillsborough areas we are all friends.
I can honestly say that I am excited for what next year has in store! For all those who attended this past year, I can’t wait to see you all again next summer. For those who have never been to camp, I highly encourage you to sign up. You won’t regret it!