4-H Teen Retreat
Submitted By: Laura Oliver, Washington County 4-H Agent
Weekend Full of Fun and Learning in 4-H!
District Teen Retreat is a fun 4-H weekend event where the 4-H’ers ages 13 -18 years old in the 22 counties of the Northeast District get to go and participate in District Officer Campaigning and Elections, Workshops, Roller Skating, Designing County Scrapbook Pages, and a Community Service Project. This event was held this past weekend March 28th – 30th, 2014 in Nash County. The 2014 District Teen Retreat had a total of 178 people, 156 youth, and 22 agents and staff in attended. Washington County had 6 youth to attend.
On the first night of the event the youth that decided to run for next year’s District Officer Team were able to present their officer campaign skit or speech and talk with other youth, then that night the 22 Counties voted on who they wanted to be the 2014-2015 Officers. The second night of the event at the big banquet the incoming District Officers were announced. The 2014 – 2015 Northeast District Officer Team is, President: Grace Swain from Tyrrell County, Vice President: Danny Wallace from Pasquotank County, Secretary/ Treasurer: Luke LaHay from Nash County, and Reporter: Joey Moore from Franklin County. The outgoing District Officers were also recognized at the banquet for their year of service to the district. Outgoing 2013-2014 District Officers were: President, Jameson Bergstedt of Pitt County, Vice-President, Brian Cuthrell of Washington County, Secretary/Treasurer, Johnathan Gay of Camden County, and Reporter, Katherine Hassell of Pasquotank County.
Youth who attended the event also had the opportunity to participate in many different workshops such as Teambuilding, Electric Programs, Horticulture, Water Conservation, Opportunities in 4-H, and Preparing for Your Future. Having many different types of workshops gave participants the opportunity to view, learn, get involved, and get interested in new 4-H programs. The workshops were scheduled and organized so that all the youth had the opportunity to visit every workshop offered on the second day of the event.
Every year at Teen Retreat the District will go out and do a fun activity together. This year’s group went Roller Skating at Sky-Vue Skateland in Rocky Mount!
It is the responsibility of the District Reporter to make a Scrapbook each year. This year the youth were asked by the District Reporter to help with the making of the book. Throughout the weekend the youth from each County were able to go and work on their own page of the scrapbook to show their County Spirit!
Each year at District Teen Retreat the youth participate in a Community Service Project. This year’s Service Projects included a dog and cat food and supply drive for the local animal shelter, making homemade dog treats, also to benefit the animal shelter, creating treats and door tags for two local nursing homes, and visiting each person in both nursing homes to visit and deliver the door tags.
This year’s Washington County participants included Brian Cuthrell, Dylan Spruill, Cameron Patrick, Keymiya Norman, Keyaria Norman, and Sierra Johnston. We were honored to have Brian recognized as a retiring district officer.
Next year’s Teen Retreat will be hosted in Beaufort County by the new 2014-2015 Northeast District 4-H Officer Team.