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.
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Garst, B. A., & Johnson, J. (2005). Adolescent Leadership Skill Development Through Residential 4-H Camp Counseling. The Journal of Extension, 43(5), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol43/iss5/14