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Henry Shoup snacks on a piece of ham amongst the growing pile of sleeping bags

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.

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. 

Gracy Alger spins in the rain, catching water droplets on her tongue

Gracy Alger spins in the rain, catching water droplets on her tongue on Friday afternoon outside the cabin. Gracy’s siblings also attended the event and Gracy’s mom helped run the weekend camp.

The kids set out to build their tents

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

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.

Rain fell on the tent builders for the entire building process

Rain fell on the tent builders for the entire building process, leaving all of the kids wet as they returned to the cabin for snacks and to dry off after completing their tents on Friday afternoon.

Milan Monterastelli, right, laughs as she grabs snacks

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.

Bryce McKenzie works to build a fire

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.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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