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:
Area 4-H members and their chaperones recently took part in Michigan 4-H Exploration Days and posed for a photo in front of “Sparty” on the campus of Michigan State University.
* 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.