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Nurturing Volunteers = Happy Campers

Camp would not be possible without volunteer Terre Arnold.

Camp would not be possible without volunteer Terre Arnold.

From scrapes and sunburns to headaches and homesickness, Terre Arnold is filling a critical role at 4-H Camp Timpoochee by keeping campers safe and healthy.  During the school year, Terre works as a school health aid and a bus driver so she is a natural fit to serve as the 4-H Camp Timpoochee nurse.  Terre has served as camp nurse for the Holmes/Washington/Okaloosa Counties week of 4-H residential camp for the past five years.  With her warm smile, infectious laugh, caring heart and love of fun, Terre easily soothes what ails the campers, makes them comfortable and sends them on their way to have fun.

Terre describes her camping experience as a joy from year to year. With each year bringing new experiences, she loves meeting new campers and seeing returning campers grow from year to year. From the youngest camper to veteran counselors, Terre has a way with kids that makes the overall camp experience better for them.  She’s also a great camp recruiter and never misses a chance to tell young kids what a great experience 4-H Camp is and how exciting and fun the week will be.

The 4-H camping program depends on volunteers like Terre.  Every county is required to have a camp nurse during their week at 4-H Camp Timpoochee or Camp Cherry Lake.  Typical responsibilities include curing occasional homesickness or tummy aches, or administering any prescription medications that campers may need during the week.   If you have an interest in serving as a camp nurse and would like to volunteer for your local 4-H program, contact your UF IFAS County Extension Office or visit http://florida4h.org/volunteers.

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Author: Julie Pigott Dillard – juliepd@ufl.edu

Julie Pigott Dillard is the 4-H Youth Development Agent in Washington County..

Julie Pigott Dillard

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/19/nurturing-volunteers-happy-campers/