Henry Shoup snacks on a piece of ham Friday afternoon among the growing pile of sleeping bags, backpacks and camping supplies before this year’s 4-H Mountain Camp got started. Junior leaders came early to help get things organized and to help prep for the other attendees’ arrival.
As the rain started to let up, the kids set out to build their tents and get the activities moving on Friday afternoon. The kids were given all the necessary supplies and sent out to build their tents, working together with their companions to construct camp.
Bailee Alger laughs as she works with her teammates to slide a pole across the top of her tent on Friday afternoon. The girls and boys were split into different camp sites and frequently looked through the trees to see which group was putting the tents up quicker.
Bryce McKenzie, Johnson County Extension Youth Educator, worked to build a fire inside the cabin so the kids would have a warm place to dry their coats on Friday, June 25. The wet wood wasn’t helping the fire process, but the kids huddled around to soak up any warmth they could.
Milan Monterastelli, right, laughs as she grabs snacks and talks with Paislee Stevens on Friday afternoon. After building tents, the kids got to come inside for food and to warm up. Because of the rain, the day’s schedule got rearranged a bit to keep the kids dry and entertained.
Johnson County 4-H hosted their annual Mountain Camp during the last weekend of June, which this year meant pushing through lots of rain to enjoy the tropical Hawaiian theme. The kids arrived, in the rain, on Friday afternoon to set up their tents, in the rain, and then return for an afternoon snack, still in the rain. But the kids stuck it out for a weekend of outdoor activities, games and music at the Johnson County Youth Camp.