Title

Adolescent Leadership Skill Development Through Residential 4-H Camp Counseling

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2005

Publication Title

Journal of Extension

Volume

43

Issue

5

Publisher

Extension Journal, Inc.

Abstract

Camping is a 4-H delivery mode and context for positive youth development. Research suggests that 4-H camping may enhance the life skills outcomes of adolescents who serve in leadership roles. The study reported here was to explore the lived experience of 4-H camp teen counselors and to better understand the leadership and life skill outcomes of 4-H camp participation. Eleven focus groups (n=68) were conducted with 4-H camp teen counselors from across Virginia's six 4-H educational centers. The results indicated that 4-H camp participation positively affected teen counselors by helping them to develop leadership-related knowledge, skills, and behaviors.