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4-H Summer Camp Explore

July 1, 2019

Announcer: Farm and Family is a production of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Amy Myers: Today we're talking about the 4-H Summer Camp Explore. Hello. I'm Any Myers, and welcome to Farm and Family. Today we're speaking with Christina Meriwether, Mississippi State University Extension agent in Leflore County.

So, Christina, this Summer Camp Explore is hosted by MSU Extension. What is the 4-H Summer Camp Explore?

Christina Meriwether: The 4-H Summer Camp Explore is an overnight camp, July 23rd through the 26th, at Lake Tiak O'Khata. It offers participants many fun and exciting opportunities to experience nature and recreation, outdoor survival, first aid, and archery and firearm disciplines in a safe environment, of course.

Amy Myers: Okay. So, who comes to the 4-H Summer Camp Explore?

Christina Meriwether: It's for junior 4-H members ages 8-13, as their age as of January 1st.

Amy Myers: Okay, so tell me. What will they learn at this camp?

Christina Meriwether: There are four hands-on learning tracks that the campers will participate in. There's the Outdoor Expressive Arts, Health and Safety, and STEM. In the Outdoor track, they'll learn tree ID, animal and fish ID, kayaking, water seining, and much more. The Health and Safety track will include archery and air rifles, basic first aid, and survival skills. In the Expressive Arts track, it will include drama and communications. The Choctaw Indians will come over and do heritage activities. And in the STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics track, we'll include robotics and programming with an entomology theme. There will also be a volunteer service component that will include disaster preparedness and recycling. The campers will also have opportunities to go swimming and participate in the Spirit award contest and in team-building activities and games.

Amy Myers: What exactly is water seining?

Christina Meriwether: It's where they catch fish and identify the individual fish, look at their health and the number of fish that they caught, and discuss other aquatic ideas and things.

Amy Myers: Okay. That sounds like a lot of fun. Is there anything else you want to add about the 4-H Summer Camp Explore?

Christina Meriwether: Registration is available through your respective Mississippi State University County Extension office, and the deadline is Friday, July 5th. It does cost $200.00 and includes lodging, meals and snacks, activities, and a T-shirt.

For more information, you can contact me, Christina Meriwether, at 662-453-6803, or If you don't know how to find your MSU County Extension office, simply go to, and click on "County Offices." Or, google Mississippi State University Extension County Offices.

Amy Myers: So, this summer camp will be chaperoned and well-supervised, right?

Christina Meriwether: Yes, by about 25 Extension agents.

Amy Myers: When and where will the 4-H Summer Camp Explore be held, and where can we go for more information, or to register?

Christina Meriwether: The 4-H Summer Camp Explore will be held July 23rd through the 26th at Lake Tiak O'Khata in Louisville, Mississippi.

Again, for more information you can contact Christina Meriwether at 662-453-6803, or email me at Also, you can look for North Mississippi 4-H Summer Camp Explore on Extension's calendar. Just go to and click on "Calendars."

Amy Myers: Thank you so much, Christina. That sounds like a lot of fun.

Today we've been speaking with Christina Meriwether at Mississippi State University Extension, Leflore County agent. I'm Amy Myers, and this has been Farm and Family. Have a great day.

Announcer: Farm and Family is a production of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Department: Ctr 4-H Youth Development

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