Editor's note: The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks. Today's column is written by Christine Jones and Valerie Machado

In September two local 4-H members and two leaders drove almost 400 miles south to Nevada City, Calif., for the 4-H WHY Conference, a leadership camp held annually each September.

WHY stands for Why Help Youth. We arrived at dusk, and after checking into our cabins, we participated in some activities, followed by the keynote speaker. Next, each county participated in skits and songs by the campfire. After that it was time to return to our cabins and meet our cabin mates.

The next morning we were up early for breakfast and onto a day full of workshops divided into five sessions. The workshops included: communication, ecobot challenge, teen leader training, clover games and Christmas ornaments.

First was the communication piece, where members learned many new ice-breakers that can be used at meetings. Next, they were off to the ecobot challenge where they learned how to construct mini-robots from a toothbrush head, watch battery and small motor.

When they were finished constructing their robots participants completed a challenge where the 'bots were used to clean up a simulated oil spill.

Their next workshop was teen leader training, where members learned about different leadership opportunities, scholarships and team building.

The clover games workshop was next. Members played clover bingo at this workshop.

Finally, the last workshop was a community service project. Members painted birdhouse ornaments to be donated to local senior centers.

Saturday evening ended with a dance. Camp ended on Sunday morning following breakfast.

THRIVE training

Also in September, three youths and three adults attended a 4-H THRIVE training in Redding for two days.

The training focuses on helping youths grow to reach the six C's: Competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contribution.

Del Norte County has had 4-H volunteers and youth in the THRIVE program since the California debut almost two years ago. Now, the trainees will return to the county and become the trainers, sharing the information with all 4-H members and volunteers.

Soup Supper and Auction

4-H Soup Supper and Country Auction is held annually on the first Saturday in November. Various soups are donated by local restaurants and made by 4-H volunteers.

This year's soups include: clam chowder, chicken noodle, cream of broccoli, lentil, goat stew and chili. Along with soup we also serve vegetables, bread and butter and a wide variety of desserts.

This year's soup supper will be Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Soup will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The silent auction starts at 5 p.m. and the live auction starts at 6:30 p.m.

Soup Supper tickets can be purchased from local 4-H members and at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, Del Norte Office Supply and Parkway Feed.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about 4-H, call 707-464-4711 or talk to any 4-H volunteer.