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Volunteer citizen group leads camp fundraising event to benefit underserved youth

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Pickin’ in the Pines, a barbeque and blue grass concert featuring three world-class Bluegrass acts, including two-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Flatt Lonesome, is being hosted by the Millstone 4-H Camp Advisory Council on Saturday, October 20, 2018 to raise funds to provide scholarships for youth from limited resources to attend a week at Millstone 4-H Camp next summer.

Members of the Millstone 4-H Camp Advisory Council launched the inaugural event last year and have been planning and preparing for this event for over a year. Through their dedication and work, along with the generosity of donors including local businesses and civic organizations, the council hopes to secure enough in sponsorships to cover the $10,000 of overhead costs, so that all of the ticket sales can be used to provide camp scholarships to youth next summer. They hope to sell a total of at least 200 tickets, which would provide another $10,000 to help send underserved North Carolina youth to camp. Last year’s event raised enough funding to send 28 kids to camp from 16 counties across North Carolina.

In addition to funding the $420 registration fee per child for 4-H camp, $80 per child will also be used to purchase camp supplies including bug spray, swimsuit, sunscreen, water shoes, and other supplies, so those children have essential supplies to attend camp. Millstone 4-H Camp will be working with 4-H Agents across the state to identify children as prospective campers for the 2019 summer season.

Dave Herpy, director of North Carolina’s 4-H Camps & Conference Centers through NC State University, which facilitates 4-H programs along with NC A&T State University, added that this is a great example of how the dedication and work of citizen volunteers helps accomplish the mission of land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension.

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“4-H Camp is essential for experiential learning and developing life skills, as well as providing opportunities for youth to get outside and connect with nature, which is critical in today’s connected society,” said Herpy. “Through just one week of camp, youth have the opportunity to try new activities they’ve never done, learn new skills, and make new friends. There are few tools as powerful as the camp experience to positively impact the lives of young people”

Millstone 4-H Camp offers both day and residential 4-H summer camp programs beginning in June and running through August each summer. Activities include archery, arts & crafts, canoeing, challenge courses, nature study, and more. Youth do not have to be members of 4-H to attend 4-H camp. The camp serves more than 600 youth through its 8-week summer camp program and more than 7,000 participants during the school year through its facilities and programs. For more information, visit www.millstone4hcamp.com.

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