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Murray County 4-H'ers build disc golf course for community exercise and fun!


Each spring the Minnesota 4-H Foundation distributes grants to 4-H clubs who want to make a difference in their community. We will be featuring one grantee every month this year to celebrate all the wonderful ways Minnesota 4-H'ers are living out the 4-H Pledge. Our April featured grantee saw an opportunity to enhance a local park which allowed youth to directly contribute to their community. We hope you enjoy their story.

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An open space, a willing community, a bright idea, and a 4-H club are the perfect ingredients for a fantastic community service project. The Lakers 4-H Club of Murray County knew just this, and in 2015 youth member Dawson Tutt proposed they build a Frisbee golf course within the community. A local park and campground, Swenson Park, was chosen and approved as the location for the course.

After Dawson and his father, Kerry, designed the course, 27 youth members and 15 adult volunteers came together to bring the project to life. This included several new 4-H'ers, who jumped in to help wholeheartedly!
The Lakers 4-H Club spent a June morning digging holes, pouring cement, and pounding stakes. With teamwork they were able to complete the course in just one day. "This will give visitors a fun activity to do while visiting or camping here at the park," says Kerry Tutt, parent volunteer, "I plan on using it with my own children." The Frisbee golf course provides a unique activity for friends and families to do together, while promoting an active, outdoor lifestyle.

The project showed youth how service can positively impact their communities, bringing people closer together. Regan Davis, Lakers 4-H Club youth president, says, "The Frisbee golf course project made me feel good about doing something to benefit our county. It taught me that doing good for others is very rewarding. I like getting to see our community enjoy what we have done."

Now, the Frisbee golf course is open to the community and campers to use during the warm months. The Lakers 4-H Club is continuing their service by maintaining the course, contributing discs and scorecards to be used, and increasing signage to direct the public to the course. 

Building a disc golf course isn't for every 4-H club, but as Anita Gaul, adult leader, added: "It is good for 4-H clubs to identify specific needs in their communities and work on projects that address those needs." Be it Frisbee golf or another need, the Lakers 4-H Club proved that working collaboratively on a project with a tangible, community-building result benefits both youth and the public.


4-H youth statewide contribute to their communities in creative ways. A Helping Hands grant from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation can help support service learning projects like this and others. Learn more at http://z.umn.edu/helping.


By Madeleine Miller
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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