Manitoba 4-H youth participated in an exchange with the local club. In front of the Confederation Bridge, from left to right: Lauren Shears, Margaret Black, Maddy Kilburn and Madison Teichroeb. Photo by Donald Black, local 4-H youth.
©Donald Black photo
AMHERST - A Manitoba and Nova Scotia 4-H summer exchange just finished, sure to leave lasting memories for 4-H youth.
The visiting group consists of 12 youth ages 12 to 16 and two chaperones from Neepawa, Gladstone and Langruth, Man. The Manitobans were paired up with participants from the local Double D club in Cumberland County, who first visited them in Manitoba from June 28 to July 8.
Arriving July 24, the groups went to a wide range of places, such as Hopewell Rocks, Magic Mountain, Prince Edward Island and Halifax. Locally, they spent some time at the beach, toured a farm and Maritime Pride Eggs. They also did service painting at the CFTA radio station and got the chance to speak on air.
For many, it was their first time to the Maritimes and for some their first time on a plane.
“A huge highlight for the kids was swimming in the ocean,” said Shelley Beaumont, one of the trip leaders from Manitoba. “Our week could be summed up with the tides. We were rafting the tides, we saw the Bay of Fundy on the New Brunswick side, on the Nova Scotia side.”
Participants and leaders completed an application process to be able to conduct the exchange. Once the participants were finalized, the pairs communicated by social media and telephone to get to know each other.
The youth were also trying many new things for the first time. Some tried clams and found that they liked seafood. Others, who are part of a life skills based club and had never handled animals before, got to do so for achievement day.
“All the kids had to handle a duck, a chicken, a horse, a rabbit, and they had to show all the animals,” said Beaumont. “I think for some of my kids that was huge.”
Brooklyn Hibbert, a local 4-H youth, recalled with her friends the previous trip in Manitoba.
“My favourite part of when we were there was the escape room,” said Hibbert. “It really made us think. I almost ruined some friendships – there was pushing!”
Some of the local 4-H fundraisers included serving at Masonic Hall, a barbecue and a garbage clean-up, with additional money from grants.
The groups finished with a breakfast Wednesday morning at Masonic Lodge, with the Manitobans flying back home later that day.
“I want to come back,” said Claire Beaumont, a youth from Manitoba. “Even though 10 days doesn’t sound that long, it’s a lot that we did.”
A huge highlight for the kids was swimming in the ocean. Our week could be summed up with the tides. We were rafting the tides, we saw the Bay of Fundy on the New Brunswick side, on the Nova Scotia side.
Shelley Beaumont, Manitoba 4-H