Hands to Larger Service
The Dundas County 4-H Club welcomed a 4-H Club from Vegreville AB and in cooperation with the South Nation Conservation Authority completed some projects on Fri., July 20, at the Cass Bridge Conservation Area. Ten youth from each club participated in the day, along with four chaperones and a couple of youth leaders of the project dubbed Hands to Larger Service.      Moore photo

by Jeff Moore
AgriNews Staff Writer
CASS BRIDGE — As part of a community exchange, the Dundas 4-H Club welcomed their counterparts from Vegreville, AB and in cooperation with the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) took a day to have fun and clean-up the Cass Bridge Conservation Area just South of Winchester on Fri., July 20.

There were 20 youths ages 12 to 17 from both Vegreville and Dundas County along with two chaperones from each club and members of SNC were divided into four groups, each with a different task to do their part in the clean-up of the area.

On hand there were two youth service leaders who were from Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island as part of a program called Hands to Larger Service. The four stations were water testing – where they checked the water in the South Nation River for oxygen levels with a water testing kid provided by 4-H Canada and demonstrated by Youth Service Leader Sophie MacDonald from PEI. This was part of a 4-H Canada program called Find Your 4-H Wings. The second station was a kayak trek to pick up garbage and other debris found in or along the river; six kayaks were provided, the third station was putting together picnic tables and a bench; which were donated to the SNC by the club and the final station was the park clean-up as the group went around picking up garbage in the park and surrounding ditches.

This was the back end of a home and home visit for the youth after the Dundas Club spent 10 days in Vegreville where they did a history project as they visited the Ukrainian Cultural Village. They enjoyed the Pysanka Festival as they watched Ukrainian Dancers perform.

The group also visited the Hutterites and from there they travelled to the West Edmonton Mall and Elk Island National Park. Next, the group had planned to visit the Seaway Locks in Iroquois, the Visitors Centre in Cornwall, the Lost Villages Museum, Parliament Hill and take in the sound and lights show, Calypso Water Park and finally zip lining at Camp Fortune.