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Montana 4-H Clover
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Edited by: Karen Johnson, Marla Goodman, Suzi Taylor
Contributors: Rae Lynn Benson, Wendy Gerky, Chery Ann Weatherell, Jennifer Wells, The Livingston Enterprise, The Great Falls Tribune
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|2003-2004 Montana 4-H Clover
Warm and Fuzzy camp
Katelyn Springer, a member of the Kremlin Hawks club, concentrates on her sewing.
There are Boy Scout camps, hunting camps and church camps, but one 4-H volunteer leader, Kelly Toldness, had a different vision for camp. She saw polar fleece, sewing machines and sleeping bags! Where did that lead? To a three-county overnight sewing camp, now in its second year.
4-H members from Hill, Blaine and Liberty counties stayed inside and kept warm during the winter sewing camps. So far they'
ve learned how to cut out patterns, sew pajamas and polar fleece jackets, and construct a quilt.
ers not only made something for themselves -- they learned about giving to others. In the first year, participants joined with the Bear Paw Red Cross Chapter to make personal care fire kits for people who lost their homes due to fire, and made quilts for needy individuals in the community. In 2003 they made baby towels and baby carrier covers for the Hill County Health Department.
Today very few mothers sew family clothing due to a lack of knowledge or time and lifestyle changes. Members are learning life skills by being involved in 4-H that were taught years ago as a necessity. One member has taken the skills learned through 4-H one step further and purchased fabric to construct polar fleece jackets as Christmas gifts for family members.
The overnight sewing camp was made possible through an Innovative Grant from the Montana State 4-H Foundation.
by Jennifer Wells and Wendy Gerky
The programs of the MSU Extension Service are available to all people regardless of race, creed, color, sex, disability or national origin. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, LeRoy Luft, Interim Vice Provost and Director, Extension Service, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.
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