This year's 4-H Junior Leader Workshop, "Leaders of the Past, Present and Future," was held Oct. 18-19 at Faith Haven Camp near Battle Lake.

Ten counties were represented by the 53 youth who attended, including eight youth from East Otter Tail County 4-H: Isaac Blashack, Kaitlyn Geiser, Madison Ruther, Troy Brandsma, Hannah Siepker, William Brandsma, Nathan Blashack and Mason Arens.

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Youth participants are part of different committees that are used as vehicles to empower youth to become more confident, learn to work as part of a team and showcase their skills to others. Committee members plan activities and implement them throughout the camp.

Committees are guided by Continuing Committee Members, who were chosen after last year's Junior Leader Workshop through an application process.

In addition to working in their committees, participants took part in workshops to further develop their leadership skills. Workshops were taught by University of Minnesota Extension staff and included: Lego Challenge, Teambuilding with Noodles, Road to Leadership, What is Your Leadership Quote, Kayaking, Circles of Leadership, Cake Decorating Challenge and more.

Faith Haven Camp's focus is to be proactive in developing rural leaders in grades 6-9.

For more information about 4-H, contact Janet Malone at 218-385-5420 or