Practice makes perfect' for 4-H guides

WARRENSBURG - Over the Columbus Day weekend, members of the 4-H Adirondack Guides group spent three days at the Fourth Lake Public Campground for a weekend of camping and fun.

The purpose of this trip was to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that they had acquired throughout the past year. , 4-H officials said this week. Each year, youth who participate in the 4-H Guide program take a series of tests in order to move onto the next level. This year, all of the 4-H guides passed, demonstrating mastery of the skills.

The 4-H Adirondack Guide program is a year round program offered to youth 12 to 18 years old who have an interest to learn outdoor skills, environmental education, and natural resources. There are three levels, Apprentice, Intermediate, and Advanced. Upon entering the program, youth spend the first year learning outdoor and camping skills; tree, mammal, fish, and bird identification; and map and compass skills. They then take tests to qualify to enter into the first level. As the teenagers graduate into the next levels, the skills and knowledge they must possess increases in difficulty. Upon completing the program, youth must be able to demonstrate the skills they have learned and are versed with the knowledge and skills to take and pass the New York State DEC Guide's License test.

This year, members of the 4-H Guide program tested into all three levels and demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary in order to pass. The trip concluded with a Geo-cache excursion led by newly advanced guide Ben Hoffman.

Those who are interested in the 4-H Adirondack Guide program and would like more information, contact Warren County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 668-4881 and ask to speak with John Bowe or Martina Yngente.

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