For the Browns, PLC is more than just a camp but the beginning of a lifetime of happiness

By Laura Squires

Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp (PLC) is a family tradition in many households and holds fond memories for all. For Brianne and Chris Brown, it is a moment that is held dearly in their hearts and marks the beginning of a lifetime of love.   

Brianne grew up in Dufferin County and was a very active 4-H member. “There’s not much that 4-H offers that I haven’t done” says Brianne. In her first year of 4-H she won the most outstanding first year member award after completing eight projects. Needless to say, she was hooked. Brianne participated in various clubs from Dairy, Sheep, Fitness and many others until the time she was 21. Chris lived in Bruce County and was also heavily involved in 4-H. He took part in several clubs including Dairy, Beef and various home making clubs with his sisters, up until the time he was also 21.

In the winter of 1998, Brianne was in her final year of high school and had planned to go to Florida with one of her friends for March Break. She had never travelled outside of the country before and she was really looking forward to spending a week relaxing on the beach. However fate had other ideas; her Mom had received a phone call from a 4-H Volunteer asking if Brianne would be interested in attending PLC that March Break and without consulting Brianne her Mom immediately signed her up.

On the first day of PLC, Brianne and Chris met and on that same day, both received acceptance letters to the University of Guelph for the same program and found out they would be spending the next four years of their lives together. Over the course of the camp, Brianne and Chris had the opportunity to spend some time together but it wasn’t until the final evening that they really had the chance to connect and the rest is history.

Since then, Brianne and Chris have shared many small and big moments alongside one another. They began dating shortly after PLC, went to Prom with one another, began their post-secondary careers together and five years later were engaged. They wed one month after their university graduation and soon started a family. Brianne and Chris have five children: Carter, 14, Payten, 13, Cohen, 11, Griffin, 9 and Chase, 7.

Today, Brianne and Chris own a dairy farm in Yarker, ON and are a part of the Frontenac 4-H Association where they are volunteers and almost all their children are members. They are actively involved in the Dairy club and have seven 4-H calves on their farm this year.

On July 19, 2019, Brianne and Chris are celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary. Please join us in congratulating this wonderful couple and celebrating their love of each other and connection to 4-H!

 

Discovery Days 2012

If you’ve been following 4-H Folklore since it launched in February, then you already know what Discovery Days is all about, but, we have a new perspective to share with you; Discovery Days from a facilitators point of view. If you aren’t familiar with Discovery Days, this post will be helpful for you as well because it provides a some great information about the camp.
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My Discovery Days Experience
By Julia Romagnoli

On Saturday, June 16, 2012 I had the opportunity to attend my first ever Discovery Days in Orangeville. Discovery Days provides 4-H and non-4-H Members ages 9-12 with a window into what the 4-H program has to offer. As a 4-H Ontario Ambassador, I was very excited to facilitate at this event as I never had the chance to participate in a Discovery Days during my earlier years as a 4-H Member.

Creating checkers boards
Discovery Day participants create checker boards

I thoroughly enjoyed running the craft and snack station where participants had the opportunity to create their very own checkerboard game as well as make tasty ice-cream cone treats. Other stations included Go For The Gold, team building activities, judging and a hands-on activity.

Science experiments
Discovery Days science experiments

The highlight of the day for me was running games in the Great 4-H Olympics and having the opportunity to speak with the participants about my role as a 4-H Ontario Ambassador. Fellow Ambassador, Jennifer Pollock, and I also had the chance to speak about various opportunities available to 4-H Members, ranging from Club projects to national exchanges.

Crafting t-shirts
Hand crafted Discovery Days t-shirts

Though I may have missed out on this event as a participant, I encourage you to attend if you are eligible! Or volunteer as a facilitator like I did. It truly is a great way to make friends and discover 4-H! So keep your eyes peeled for when Discovery Days comes to your area next summer!
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Discovery Days is sponsored by Ontario Cattlemen’s Association.  Thanks OCA!

A Discovery Days 4-H Story

4-H Ontario has a variety of camps and conferences that provide Members the opportunity to explore 4-H outside of their local association. From Discovery Days to the Sen$e Suite, there is an opportunity for every junior, intermediate and senior Member to explore.

4-H’r Paula Belliveau is a big fan of Discovery Days. Paula has been a 4-H Member for three years and has attended Discovery Days each year. She was kind enough to share her 2011 Discovery Days experience with us. Read on to learn Paula’s Discovery Days 4-H story.

Interested in attending Discovery Days this year? More information including dates, times and registration details, can be found here >

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My Discovery Days Story
By Paula Belliveau

On Saturday May 21st, 4-H Discovery Days was held. This event is for children 9—13 and each 4-H Member can bring a buddy, The theme of 2011 was “Have a Ball”, and the event ran from 9a.m. to 3p.m. There were six stations in total. The stations that were included were: Dart board crafts, four class judging, volleyball ice breakers, bovine jeopardy, sports Go For The Gold, and paint ball. For lunch, the group enjoyed pepperoni or vegetarian pizza, chocolate of white milk, apples, and carrots.

Discovery Days Group Shot
2011 Discovery Days Region 4 South group shot

For the crafts section each team took turns making a dartboard. We used different floored pieces of felt to make different score sections and markers for designs. Instead of darts, the object thrown at the board would be a hallow golf ball with Velcro stuck on it. When the Members finished making their craft they would play with it until every one at the station was finished. Then they put their crafts in a bag that they would take home at the end of the day.

The next activity was judging. Here, there were four classes to be judged. The classes included activity balls, chocolate covered granola bars, pretzels and calculators. Each person would place each class, but only give reasons for two of them.

Judging at Discovery Days
Discovery Day participants judging pretzels

My favourite activity were the icebreakers. The first game we played was a memory game where you had to give your name, your hobbies, what county you were from, and what you favourite Clubs were. After every one had said something about themselves you had to choose someone and repeat what he or she said.

We then played volleyball. Each team had to keep their foot on the mat and pass the beach ball three times before hitting it over the net.

Of course like every other Discovery Days the Members also played Jeopardy. The categories included: 4-H is 4 You, Know You Cows, What Goes In, What Comes Out and more. Here, each team broke into two groups, and they had to face each other. Another traditional activity we played was Go For The Gold. The different modes were multiple choice, short answer, who, what, or where am I, and one on one. This year of course, was mainly about sports.

The special activity this year was paint ball. We learned what types of games you could play in paint ball such as capture the flag. Zombie village, World War 1, and much, much more. We then took turns shooting a rusty metal target named John, which had a orange smiley face on it. When every team had finished at each station, we all had a relay obstacle course. It had skipping with a hool-a-hoop, spinning around a pool noodle, and filling up a bucket with a sponge full of water. Then all the kids and Leaders came together for a photo and the day was over. Even though this was my last year for Discovery Days, next year I can look forward to new and different camps.

Paint ball at Discovery Days
After shot of “John” post paintball fun

Paula has been a 4-H Member for three years. She has completed 12 projects including Foods, Judging, Conservation, Scrapbooking, Horse, A Sporting Chance, and Toastmasters, just to name a few.