This past weekend, over 300 adult volunteers, teen counselors, camp staff and Extension Agents attended this year's TALT (Teen Adult Leader Training) weekend at the 4-H Center. TALT is a remarkable event, because it brings together so many volunteers who are dedicated to the development of youth through 4-H camping.
Many people may know that 4-H camp is successful because of the volunteers who come. Without teen counselors and adult volunteers, we would not be able to offer the high quality camping programs that we do all year round. What most people don't know, however, is how much time and dedication these volunteers give. During the months prior to camp, volunteers give hours, days, and even weekends toward training and planning. Each year, they learn about managing youth behavior, risk management, making camp an inclusive environment, the educational goals of camp, and many more camp-related topics. So thanks to all of those camp volunteers and everyone else who makes camp possible!
TALT is a great opportunity to provide much of that training, but it's more than that. TALT means summer is coming...and camp along with it! At TALT, we can shake off winter's cobwebs, dust off our song books and celebrate our first campfire of the season. So for those who attended, I hope you had as great a time as I did getting back into that camp spirit. And for those of you who didn't, I hope we'll see you next year!