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4-H, FFA join forces to host day camp

the lifetime of sports session features jump rope skills1 / 3
Miss Northwest, Lexy Okeson, advises youth on the sugar content of some favorite beverages. Wyatt McConkey, Cloverdale 4-H Club, also helps.2 / 3
Youth participants and instructors gathered for a fun and educational day camp.3 / 3

Becker County 4-H and the Detroit Lakes Chapter of FFA joined forces to host a fun and educational day camp for area youth.

The "Stepping Out" Camp was held at DLHS on Saturday, Feb. 13. Seven local FFA students -- Jessica Brahmer, Sammie Selck, Abby Schlauderaff, Dylan Herman, Sarah Malikowski, Alli Olds and Kayla Lehmann -- along with their advisor, Trescha Mitchell, assisted with the camp, in cooperation with Mickey Okeson, Becker County 4-H program coordinator.

Nora Ulmer from the Franklin 4-H Club, and former 4-Her, Lexy Okeson, also participated. Fifteen youth in grades 2-5 attended the camp. Six different sessions, all designed to encourage the young people to develop and maintain healthy, active lifestyles were presented.

To begin the day, each youth was given a pedometer to track the number of steps they took throughout the day. Many were surprised to find out at they end of the day how many steps they had actually taken while jumping rope, embarking on a scavenger hunt, geogaching in the park and more.

They were given instruction on healthy eating habits and were also given tips on how to incorporate exercise into their daily schedule. The program initiated from a $50,000 grant from Wal-Mart Foundation that was given to Minnesota 4-H to develop the curriculum.

The 4-H programs are implemented by the 106 Land-Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country.

Learn more about Minnesota 4-H at or call the Becker County 4-H Office at 218-846-7328.