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Posted: July 14, 2012 6:30 p.m.

Kimble: 4-H a great way to make friends

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4-H Agent Terri Kimble with 4-H'er Charlie Reed at Wilderness Challenge Camp. Charlie is a 4-H'er from Coffee County, who attended Newton County's Health Rocks Day Camp earlier this summer.

I lived for 4-H events as a child.

Bullies and stereotypes were things I associated with school, but never a 4-H event. We danced, we made new friends and we accepted each other.

It also meant I had friends from everywhere, and started classes at UGA with friends in nearly every class while many of my old high school classmates looked lost.

A few weeks ago, we were excited to have a 4-H'er from south Georgia join us for our local day camp; his grandmother lives in Social Circle and reads this column.

This week, I spent a week at camp with Charlie, and I know my 4-H'ers are looking forward to seeing him at high school 4-H events throughout the year.

Today, I think I still have as much fun reuniting with friends at 4-H events as an adult. Four of the six agents I traveled to Nebraska with last fall were at camp with me this week.

My column runs short this week because I'm actually at camp even this weekend, enjoying the company of the Master 4-H Club at Camp Wahsega.

It's time to go splash in the creek with a few old friends, and get ready for square dancing later on.

Let me know if you'd like to sign up for the next 4-H event.

Terri Kimble is the Newton County 4-H Agent through UGA Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at (770) 784-2010 or tkimble@uga.edu.

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