Lawnspur performing at 4-H Camp

Lawnspur performing at 4-H Camp

4-H campers dance to Lawnspur

4-H campers dance to Lawnspur

That was the theme of the annual central 4-H camp, a week of fun and educational events where youth learn by doing. Young people 8-13 attended as campers and those 14-18 attended as teen counselors. These youth started out the week of events with a real rock show by a local band from Truckee, Lawnspur, who performed an 8 song set of original punk rock music for the camp. The band consists of the brothers Johnson, Jamie as lead singer and guitarist and Charlie on bass; Ashley Galleher, rockin’ the drums and Brennan back up vocals and electric guitar. At first, the kids were surprised by the loud, novel music, but after a little help from adult counselor Nick Beaton and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Staff Karen and Joy, the kids rushed the staged and danced to the energy-filled rhythms.

Nick shows the kids how to dance!

Nick shows the kids how to dance!

Over an hour passed in a flurry of bobbing heads, feather boas and bandanas with cheers and smiles on everyone’s faces. At the end of the final songs, the kids chanted for more. Lawnspur obliged with one more raucous song. Ashley gave her drum sticks to the cabin with the best dancers and the party clean up ensued. Everyone was sweaty and tired from the pace of the music and dancing. It was a fun night and a memorable way to open camp.

The next morning, as part of the educational workshops, 3 groups wrote their own songs about the one shared experience they all had, 4-H camp. Lyrics about the awesome food, going polar bearin’ (jumping into cold Lake Tahoe at 5:30 a.m.), dancing and fun times with friends were common themes the kids used to create these original songs. Once perfected, the groups performed their songs for the camera and are archived on YouTube: Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3.

4-H camper gets a bird's-eye view of the stage on the shoulders of her teen counselor

4-H camper gets a bird’s-eye view of the stage on the shoulders of her teen counselor

The 4-H program in Lyon county is growing. We are looking for youth and adults who want to learn by doing! 4-H is not just a club: youth learn to use their hands, hearts, heads and health to better themselves and their community. If you would like to join or volunteer, contact our 4-H coordinator, Kate Schnoor, to get the process started today! Can’t commit to being a club leader? Can you give us one week of your time? Sign up now to be an adult chaperone for next summer’s 4-H camp.