4-H students attend retreat

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By Cathy Toole

This past weekend teens across 14 counties gathered in Northern Kentucky to develop leadership skills, get to know each other better and have some fun.

District 3 stretches from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties to Pendleton, and down to Bullitt County. The size of the district makes it hard for teens to get together for a day conference, so for the past few years a winter weekend has been planned. Six teens from Henry County participated in the event: Connor Toole, Nathan Carroll, Renee Toole, Christen Crowe, Kennedy Fitzgerald and Savannah Mertz.

The retreat began on Saturday afternoon with ice-breakers, followed by breakout sessions that included Zumba and Smallville. Zumba, which is a fun workout, got everyone moving. Smallville was an activity directed toward understanding diversity in many different formats.

After dinner the group headed to Perfect North for an evening of snow tubing. This was the most anticipated activity of the retreat, and there were many stories told of the fun had by all.

On Sunday morning the group participated in more breakout sessions that included leadership games and creating unique bandanas. The event ended with a video promotion of the Kentucy 4-H State Teen Conference that is held in June on the UK campus. This presentation was given by two of our state officers who attended the retreat, encouraging teens to become more involved in developing leadership opportunities that 4-H offer.

Each of the seven districts in the state are allowed State Teen Council representatives to help plan statewide teen activities. Henry County is proud to have Jordan Campbell serving as a District 3 representative. There are many ways for teens to become involved in 4-H across the state. If you would like more information on what is available please call the office at 845-2811 or speak with Jordan.