Air Force/4-H Camp Opportunities
The 4-H Air Force Partnership Project supported day camps, residential camps and family camps for youth of Air Force members during the summer of 2016. Camp program designs covered at least three of the following five elements: communication, self-efficacy, competence, relationships, and resilience.
Communication – “Good communication is essential … because it breeds positive emotions instead of negative ones. Knowing more about how to communicate clearly and with sensitivity can help … avoid problems before they start.” (Mills & Dombeck)
Self-efficacy – “Self-efficacy is the belief that one can use his/ her skills, talents, and abilities to attain a desired goal.” (Bandura)
Competence/Confidence – “The more youth master life experiences, the more they realize they can tackle new challenges and, thereby, develop genuine confidence in themselves.” (Ginsburg)
Relationships – “Youth who have positive interactions with their peers are more popular, have stronger friendships, stay in school, have healthier bodies, experience less stress and are involved more often in positive activities than children who do not.” (Ginsburg)
Resilience – “…the capacity to rise above adversity and to forge lasting strengths in the struggle. It is the means by which children/adults can rebound from hardships and emerge as strong, healthy individuals.” (Wolin & Wolin)