4-H group holding camp seminar in April

4-H Ontario and Me to We, a division of Free the Children, are seeking rural and urban high school students in grades 10 and 11 for the second annual Greenbelt Youth Forum.

The forum, to be held at the YMCA Camp Cedar Glen near Bolton from April 16-20, brings together rural and urban students from high schools in the Greenbelt. Through discus­sions, group work, workshops, guest speakers, and tours, the students explore a variety of issues such as environmental stewardship, resource preserva­tion, land use planning, and local food. 

Applications are available on the 4-H Ontario website at http://www.4hontario.ca/greenbelt.aspx or by calling 519-824-0101. Applications are due March 1. A $75 fee applies and covers costs of rooms, food, resources, and bus tours.

During the forum, campers are divided into groups that examine those issues. In 2008, the Conserving Canucks inves­ti­gat­ed issues surrounding en­vi­ronmental stewardship and green living while the Food Fanatics concentrated on land use and local food. Both groups spent a full day on bus tours where they visited a variety of sites including a composting facility, a gravel pit, a farmers’ market, a food bank, an organic beef farm, and a new dairy operation.

Following the four days, the campers are challenged to tack­le a project within their com­mu­nity or school over the sum­mer. The projects can be any­thing of interest to the youth. The results of these Bushel Basket of Change projects will be showcased at the 2009 Royal Winter Fair where the youth will meet again and celebrate successes.

The program is between 4-H Ontario and Me to We, with funding provided by Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

Me to We is the top youth leadership training organi­za­tion in the world, delivering innovative local and inter­na­tional training experiences to more than 350,000 youth every year.

The 4-H Ontario program builds leaders. Through a net­work of 1,600 volunteers, and staff and over 6,200 youth, ages 10 to 21, are provided with Learn to Do by Doing” oppor­tunities.