4-H members travel to 4-H Exploration Days

ESCANABA – The highlight of many 4-H member’s year is the opportunity to travel to Michigan 4-H Exploration Days. Explorations Days is a three day long event held in June where 4-H members stay on campus in the dorms at Michigan State University and can choose from more than 200 session choices to explore new interests or gain new skills in a project in which they are currently involved.

Thirty eight youth and six adult chaperones from?Delta County, including 11 youth from the Hannahville Indian Community, attended Michigan 4-H Exploration Days.

Michigan 4-H Exploration Days is a pre-college program designed to:

* Increase responsibility, confidence, independence, accountability, problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills.

* Increase communication, team work, citizenship, and leadership skills.

* Foster ability to meet new people and make new friends from different places and backgrounds.

* Develop and expand career and personal interests.

* Increase college exploration and access to the Michigan State University campus and everything you can do at MSU – right outside your window!

* Develop social and academic skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.

* Give youth opportunities to try things that aren’t available in their county.

In addition to their stay on campus, youth participants also planned a citizenship trip to accompany the event to make the trip a week-long excursion. This year, the group selected to tour Chicago and spend a day at Six Flags Great America and tour Shedd’s Aquarium, along with a shopping trip stop in Wisconsin on their way to Chicago.