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Local 4-Hers learn how to lead

"Bring Out Your True Colors with 4-H," a Junior Leader Workshop, was held Oct. 18-19 at Faith Haven Camp near Battle Lake.

This camp's focus is to be proactive in developing leaders in grades six through nine. 4-H has a long history of developing youth leaders, and recent research shows a higher demand for youth leaders in rural areas than in major metropolitan areas.

Youth participants are part of different committees: flag ceremonies, evening program, song leading/table fun and campfire. These committees are used as vehicles to empower youth to become more confident, learn to work as part of a team and to showcase their skills to others.

Committee members plan activities and implement them throughout the camp. Committees are guided by members selected after last year's Junior Leader Workshop through an application process.

This year, 46 youth from seven counties attended, including eight from East Otter Tail County. These included: Heather Weller, Madison Olson, Elizabeth Wippler, Sam Kogel, Veronica Schwartz, Johnthan Schwartz, Caleb Carrlson and Gavin Kehoe.

In addition to working in their committees, the participants took part in workshops to further develop their leadership skills. Workshops were taught by University of Minnesota Extension staff and Minnesota State 4-H Ambassadors. Workshops included: Super Hero Youth Leaders, Art and Color Traits, Community Service, Teambuilding, Exploring Different Leadership Styles, Building Junkbots and more.

For more information about this and the upcoming Leadership Lock-In (to be held Nov. 16-17 at the Perham Area Community Center for youth 7th grade and above), contact the local Extension Office at 385-5420 or Janet Malone, East Otter Tail County 4-H Program Coordinator, at or 385-5424.