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Junior 4-H members make the most of winter camp experience

This year, the 4-H Winter Junior Camp took place between February 23-25 at Quinn Farm in Île-Perrot, bringing in young members from Lachute, Shawville, Sawyerville, Hatley, Howick, and Ormstown for a weekend of fun. For those who don’t know, the 4-H Winter Junior Camp is for our junior members who are aged 9 to 12. It’s a way to make friends, explore outside their home clubs, and have some fun for one of the younger age groups in 4-H.

Starting Friday night, we made banana boats (bananas with chocolate and marshmallows wrapped in aluminum paper and held over the fire to warm up) and had a bonfire. The kids were divided into four groups and were asked to create an original group name and slogan. After all that fun, the members of the Western Shootouts, Snowy Cow People, Western Saddles, and Frozen Bandits got settled in for the night so they would be ready for the next day.


4 H junior members constructed birdhouses during a weekend away at Winter Junior Camp at Quinn Farm in Île Perrot Top row from left Alison Brown Matthew McKell Ashton Bryson Keith Quinn Second row Lily Drummond Nelly Esterman Brooklyn Bryson Flora Gosselin Bottom row Eloise Thompson Peyton Brown Adelei Rusenstrom Genie Gosselin Bryce Thompson Lyle McOuat PHOTO Courtesy of Mackenzie Peddie

Over the course of the weekend, each group got to make a meal, feed the farm animals with Phil Quinn, make birdhouses and bird feeders with Steve Knox, and skate, ski, or play tag
outside. The members also enjoyed line dancing and square dancing, made bread for Sunday morning toast, and they each made a fruit crumble. After all that excitement, we watched a movie and headed off to sleep before our last day.

On Sunday, with the help of chaperones Sarah Brisebois, Christina Knox, Emily McQuat, Keith Quinn, and Mackenzie Peddie, the junior members were able to hold a mock meeting, where they held elections, made a quick agenda, and were able to run their own meeting without the older members of their clubs present. After they adjourned the meeting, we all went for a final skate on the pond before happy parents arrived to pick everyone up.

These three days helped create the beginning of many friendships in the younger 4-H population and gave members a chance to explore outside their home clubs and learn new things, such as how to run meetings.

Thank you to Ferme Quinn (Stephanie and Phil) for hosting this year’s Junior Camp, to the other chaperones for spending a weekend with the juniors, to Steve Knox for volunteering to help with birdhouses and bird feeders, Maeve McIntryre for donating ground beef for spaghetti sauce, and Simon Pierre Loiselle and Claudia Machabée. Thank you to all the young 4-H members who participated; see you next year!

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