BROWNWOOD – 4-H members ages 9-14 will have an opportunity to hone their skills in several program areas during the Junior Leadership Retreat Nov. 8-10 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center near Lake Brownwood.
“The Junior Leadership Retreat features Texas 4-H Council members conducting hands-on educational workshops with younger 4-H members,” said Mark Carroll, center program director. “This year’s program will focus on increasing knowledge and skills in five 4-H project areas — veterinary science, leadership, and bullying and inclusion, as well as a ‘trashion show’ and archery.”
Carroll explained that for the trashion show, participants buy clothing from thrift stores and “recycle” it, using their talents and creativity to produce a different garment or outfit.
The retreat starts with registration at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, followed by general orientation at 9 p.m., then adult chaperone orientation at 9:30 p.m.
Each county sending 4-H youth to the retreat must provide adult chaperones for the weekend, Carroll said.
Nov. 9 activities start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a flag ceremony and breakfast, with the first of the day’s three general assemblies beginning at 8:30 a.m. The remainder of the day will have concurrent sessions on the five programming areas to be emphasized. Evening activities will start at 6:15 p.m. with a flag lowering ceremony and dinner, followed by a 7:30 p.m. presentation on state and national opportunities for 4-H youth and a costumed theme dance.
Adjournment is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 10.
“While this is learning retreat, the main ingredient for the whole weekend is a sense of fun,” Carroll said. “The State 4-H Council members take pride in showcasing their creativity, which will become apparent at the Saturday Night Theme Dance. The theme for the dance is ‘The Final Screening,’ and attendees will come dressed up as their favorite movie star. All the council members plan to be in costume, so it should prove to be fun for everyone.”
After the Saturday evening dance, campers will gather for the closing ceremony and to reflect on the day’s activities.
“This has been a 4-H Conference Center tradition since the early ‘70s when camp opened,” Carroll said.
Individual registration is $115 for youth and $80 for adult chaperones. The fees include two nights lodging, four meals, snacks and program fees. Online registration is currently available through Nov. 3 at http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu .
For more information, contact Carroll at 325-784-5482, firstname.lastname@example.org.