The 4-H Thrive Model: Positive Youth Development Outcomes in Adventure Day Camp Participants and Volunteers
Goals, Scope and Objectives:
Adventure Day Camp (ADC) was first conceived in 2006 as a low-cost way for Pueblo youth to be introduced to Positive Youth Development (PYD) programs and practices. Sponsored by Colorado State University Extension and Pueblo County 4-H, this 3-day camp grew to be a Pueblo community favorite and has served thousands of youth aged kindergarten through 5th grade since its conception. After a six-year hiatus, Adventure Day Camp will return to its annual program rotation in Pueblo County 2023.
CSU Extension and 4-H provide youth-positive, targeted programming in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), health and wellbeing, nutrition, civic engagement, and experiential learning. Adventure Day Camp supports the 5 “Cs” of Positive Youth Development; Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character & Caring; while providing youth in Pueblo County a valuable learning experience at low cost.