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Register for 4-H Summer Camp Today!

Registration for 4-H Summer Camp will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing until camp is full or 10:00 a.m. Camping spaces are offered on a first come first serve basis.  Greenville/ Emporia 4-H Camp is open to all youth residents of Greensville/ Emporia who are 9-13 years old.  If you are not sure if your child is eligible, please call our office at 434-348-4223 before camp sign-up day. 4-H Camp Sign-up will be held at the Greensville/ Emporia Extension Office located at: 105 Oak Street, Emporia, Virginia 23847.

The purpose of 4-H is to help develop life skills in community youth.  Greensville/ Emporia 4-H is centered on positive youth development and camp have proven to be one of the most effective methods to involve a large number of youth in the 4-H program. 

4-H camp can have a huge impact on a child’s life.  Along with making lifelong friends and having fun, youth learn valuable life lessons and skills that they will carry with them the rest of their lives.  Many campers return to camp as a 4-H Teen Counselor where they gain valuable leadership experience volunteering their time to give back to 4-H. 

4-H camp is a fun opportunity for boys and girls to learn skills through hands-on experiences.  The camping program helps youth build self-esteem, and challenges them to be innovative and creative.  Participants have the opportunity to take several exciting classes, including Advanced Swimming, Beginning Swimming, Archery, Advanced Art, Arts & Crafts, Canoeing, Cooking/ Foods, Advanced Fishing, Fishing, GauGau, Leather Crafts, Low Ropes, Nature & Forestry, Outdoor Living, Riflery, Cheerleading, Sports of All Sorts, Theatrical Arts, Gardening, Woodworking – about 25 to choose from: There’s also arts and crafts, swim and recreation time, special evening events, songs and games, and more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to register on March 15th from 8:00am-10:00am or when space is full whichever comes first.


Pastor and Congregation Seek To Impact The Lives of Local Youth

Is there a local program that will empower the young people of Emporia and Greensville County spiritually, educationally, and socially? The answer to that question is, YEA! YEA is the abbreviated name of the St. Paul Youth Empowerment Academy! The Youth Empowerment Academy is a community outreach of the St. Paul Church Of God In Christ on Lowground Road in Emporia.

The philosophy of the Youth Empowerment Academy harkens back to a period in history when each child was every person’s concern.  A day when the community understood that if any child fails, it affects us all.  This divinely inspired program embraces the challenge of the biblical commandment to “Train up a child in the way he should go...” (Proverbs 22:6), and the African Proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” Both serve as the motivation and inspiration behind this holistic approach to the development of programs and activities that will enable the Academy to carry out its mission and fulfill its vision.   

The mission of the Youth Empowerment Academy is to empower young people by way of spiritual, educational, social, and service-oriented activities.  Its vision is to impact the lives of every young person within its reach by providing them with the resources necessary to grow spiritually, to excel academically, to interact socially, and to serve their community wholeheartedly. To that end, every second Saturday of the month, young people from kindergarten through twelfth grade have an opportunity to learn from volunteers, subject-matter experts, and guest speakers in a safe and secure environment.

When asked to share his thoughts about the establishment of the Youth Empowerment Academy, Brandon C. Allen, Pastor of St. Paul said, “I believe that the church has a responsibility to reach out and do what we can to impact the community around us. As far as our local community is concerned, parents need our help, the school system needs our help, and even though they may not realize it right now, the children of Emporia and Greensville County need our help. As an Emporia native whose life was positively impacted by community service organizations like the Community Youth Center, the 4-H Club, and others, I feel as though I have a duty to thank those who helped me during my formative years by doing something to help this current generation of young people, and those to follow. We have to do whatever we can to help ensure they’re successful in life. That’s why we made YEA free and open to all school-aged children. I’m glad that the members of my church have embraced this vision.”

Community involvement will be essential to the Youth Empowerment Academy’s success.  Community leaders, business leaders, and people of faith should ask themselves, “Do I have a child, or know of a child that could benefit from this program?...Can I volunteer an hour or two to share wisdom, meet kids and praise their successes?... Can I provide resources to help fulfill the Academy’s mission?...Do I know of organizations and/or foundations that support these types of activities?” If your answer to these questions is, “YEA,” you are encouraged to attend the Youth Empowerment Academy’s Open House on Saturday, April 5th from 12:30 – 1:30pm at St. Paul Church Of God In Christ, 294 Lowground Road, Emporia. If you are unable to attend, or would like more information, you can visit, or send an email to


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