We’re making progress towards our goal! As of today, we are 75% of the way there with only 10 days to go! We truly appreciate everyone’s support of 4-H Camp Clifton! Share this campaign with other 4-H families, alumni, and supporters so they can share their love of camp and invest in the immediate future of Camp Clifton.
This week, Camp Clifton alumni Cindy and Kate White share some of the camp memories they hold close to their hearts. Cindy was a camper and counselor at Camp Clifton during the ‘70s. “Camp will be a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience,” Cindy said. “Even though it seems simple, it is such a wonderful time at camp – the spirit, excitement, there’s no place like 4-H camp.” It’s no wonder her daughter, Kate, also camped at Camp Clifton when she became old enough.
Cindy said there was a lot of anticipation surrounding camp. As a camper, she was excited to learn the camp theme, be assigned to a cabin, and learning what tribe group she’d be in for the week. When she became a counselor, she looked forward to many activities including decorating the cabin and leading workshop classes. Cindy reflected on how camp has changed since her time at Camp Clifton. During her time at camp, the outhouse-style restrooms were up on the hill. The toilets were on the left, the showers on the right, and there was a trough in the middle where you could brush your teeth or wash up. “The water was frigid!” she remarked and that it was something you anticipated returning to camp each year.
Kate also enjoyed the different workshops held at 4-H camp. As a counselor, they were required to help with one workshop each full day of camp. These workshops covered a variety of topics such as bottle rockets, campfire cooking, and various craft projects. She said that as a camper she looked forward to her workshops and was excited to learn something new or take home whatever she made that week.
Cindy and Kate both shared how they enjoyed the silly skits counselors would do during campfire. When Kate was a counselor in 2017, the theme was “Camp Clifton’s Got Talent.” For campfire one night of camp, each tribe did various talent acts. Kate’s group put on an optical illusion skit that took a lot of practice. Another counselor performed the YMCA dance with some help from mannequin backup dancers. However, in the middle of the dance, the mannequins started falling apart! Kate said that all of the campers were laughing, along with the other counselors. She went on to say that it is such a funny memory that it’s just one of those things you remember for a long time.
Do you have a favorite camp skit memory? Take a moment this week to tell someone else about a camp skit you enjoyed as a camper our counselor or share that memory on social media along with the link to donate. “Camp is a one in a million experience. Once the opportunity is gone you can’t get it back. I would encourage everyone to go to camp at least once,” said Kate. Your contributions will help allow for youth across Ohio to have the opportunity to experience camp.