Campers often describe camp as a “happy and fun place”.

By Melanie Taylor

Extension Agent II

4-H/Family & Consumer Sciences


Campers often describe camp as a “happy and fun place”. 

The campers and the counselors who work with them are obviously happy at camp. They smile a lot. They look relaxed. There’s a lot of laughter. So many fun things happen at camp every day that it’s no surprise it’s such a happy place for kids.

4-H summer fun was had by all!  From June 24-28, youth from Gulf County attended a five-day residential camp at 4-H Camp Timpoochee in Niceville. 

The campers had a fun-filled week of kayaking, archery, air rifle, snorkeling, swimming, marine science, rocketry, crafts, singing, dancing, campfires, and much more. 

While at camp the youth participated in many opportunities to expand their leadership skills, make new friends, and learn community living skills and other basic life skills, while away from the comforts of home.

The Florida 4-H camping program strives to build youth’s life skills through outdoor adventure.

Instilling a sense of wonder of the natural world, respecting wildlife and its habitat, and encouraging kids’ curiosity about the outdoors are major components of 4-H camping. However, camps aren’t just about nature. Science and technology, sports and leisure, teambuilding and healthy lifestyles are all part of today’s camping phenomenon.  After a very busy, enthusiastic and fun-filled week at 4-H summer camp the youth arrived back to Gulf County with lots of fun and unique experiences to share with their friends and family. 

4-H is a youth development program for youth ages 5-18 that is assisted greatly by adult volunteers.  If you are interested in participating as an adult volunteer or involving your child in this program please contact Melanie Taylor at the Gulf County Extension Office.  She may be reached at 639-3200 or  

4-H is MORE than you ever IMAGINED!  Come join the FUN!