July 16–18, 55 people that included mentoring matches and a team of volunteer staff members got together for 4-H Mentoring Weekend at Kettunen Center. Participants took part in outdoor leisure activities while strengthening their mentoring relationships. They were able to experience first-hand some of the new activities from the 4-H Guided Adventures project, including fishing, canoeing, kite building, archery and geocaching. Participants also climbed the MAX, Kettunen Center’s new rock wall, created crafts, and explored theater and drama.
Three hours of the weekend allowed mentors to focus on skill building, using new curriculum from the Michigan 4-H Mentor Training curriculum project, while mentees performed science experiments and got to know each other through a series of team-building activities.
During free time, mentor matches worked together on a service project to benefit the Ingham County Capital Area Humane Society, explored tie-dyeing, participated in a talent show and took part in a Jell-O fight.
Programs from around the state were represented at this event made possible with support from an MSUE 4-H Participation Fee Grant and by donations from the Lansing Jaycees and the organizations that covered registration fees for their matches.
Jillian Tremonti, AmeriCorps member, coordinated the weekend. Lisa Bottomley, Michigan State University Extension 4-H mentoring specialist; Molly Frendo, MSU Extension associate program leader; and Dale Elshoff, conservation education specialist for MSU Extension and the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies; provided the staff oversight of the event.