Five 4-H youth took part in a first-ever primitive camping experience June 16-17 at the University of Missouri’s Wurdack Extension and Engagement Center in Cook Station.

The campers were Neva Trosper (of Dent County) and Annabelle Edmonds, Connor Briggs, Wyatt Bobo and Evan Haberberger, all of Franklin County.

The students learned about wilderness first aid, building shelters, fishing and tying flies, cleaning fish, stream health management, campfire cooking, conservation careers and outdoor safety, said MU Extension Field Specialist in Natural Resources Sarah Havens, who led a session on forestry skills and tree and plant identification.

“Our goal for this camp is to build confidence and interest in the outdoors in our 4-H participants,” Havens said. “We hope it is the start of many more natural resources-themed 4-H events at Wurdack.”

Havens, 4-H specialist Tanner Adkins and Associate Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Chad Higgins collaborated on the program to introduce 4-H students to outdoor skills and Missouri’s natural resources.

A donation from the Gateway Chapter of Trout Unlimited helped to make this positive youth development opportunity a reality.