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October 05, 2007

4-H camping program receives award

Sertoma 4-H camp
A camper enjoys horseback riding at North Carolina's Sertoma 4-H Educational Center in Westfield.

North Carolina 4-H Camps and Conference Centers have been awarded the Edie Klein Award for Program Excellence. The award was presented by Tony Oyenarte, president-elect of the Southeastern Section of the American Camp Association. The presentation was made during the Section’s Fall Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. The American Camp Association has 263 accredited camps in the Southeast.

The Edie Klein Award for Program Excellence is given in recognition of existing programs of exceptional nature occurring at a camp or retreat center in the Southeast. Nominations are judged on uniqueness, creativity and imaginative programming; relevance to the needs of participants; involvement of target participants in planning or implementation; adaptability and potential for program replication; cooperative efforts with other organizations, agencies, or camps, and the ability of the program to meet its stated objectives.

Larry Hancock, Extension specialist for the North Carolina 4-H Camps & Conference Centers, said that the award was a pleasant surprise reflective of the efforts of many. He noted the partnerships that the 4-H camps have with N.C. State University campus departments, civic clubs, state associations and the military that provide unique programming for the state’s youth.

The American Camp Association noted that the North Carolina 4-H Camps and Centers have a rich tradition that dates back to 1927. The Association pointed out the relevance of current programming as evidenced by the NC Legislature providing $7.5 million in funding for improvements of the NC 4-H Camps.

Posted by Natalie at October 5, 2007 08:50 AM