By: Amber Cafferty, U of M Student
This past summer, I had the opportunity to be a 4-H Intern in Wright County, Minnesota. During this internship, I learned more about what it takes to provide 4-H members an exceptional experience. Throughout the summer, I was challenged to gain experience and a better understanding of 4-H through the eyes of extension staff by planning and executing day camps, preparing for and working at the county fair, and connecting with 4-H members throughout the county.
One of the most memorable parts of this internship was the opportunity to plan and execute six day camps for children in grades K-5 and two science camps for children in grades 4-6. I was in charge of creating an engaging day filled with fun and educational activities that could interest a diverse age group. Camp themes throughout the summer included Wild West, Drones, and Animal Science, and at each camp we created crafts and activities related to the topic. Some of the fun activities we did included making ice cream when we learned about dairy cows and giving each camp participant the opportunity to learn about and fly drones. These camps were very gratifying, as I have attended many camps in the past, but being on the opposite side and planning the camps was a completely new experience for me.
Interacting with so many different 4-H members and building a connection with many of them over the summer was a very rewarding experience. It was amazing to see the youth develop within the program and gain numerous skills and memories during the short time I had with them. This internship gave me the chance to better understand the dynamics and day-to-day work of a 4-H program coordinator and staff, and I cannot thank Wright County 4-H and the community enough for the amazing summer that they gave me.