4-H Summer Fun
Summer Fun 4-H programs have been at full speed this summer. Youth have experienced a wide range of opportunities through 4-H and the experiences aren’t over yet. There are still weeks of summer left and that means weeks left for fun. Youth have participated in camps from sciences to sewing and from ages 5 to 16. 4-H gives youth many opportunities to learn by doing and these camps are no different.
Carteret County 4-H has offered two levels of beginning sewing camp where students learn basics of sewing and the use of a sewing machine with instructor Chris Davis. Students were able to take home their finished products at the end of camp. The projects included pajama pants or a bag depending on the sewing level of the camper.
Campers participated in several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities. This included astronomy with a field trip to the Neuse Planetarium in Kinston to learn about the stars found here in Eastern North Carolina in our summer sky. Cloverbuds, ages 5-8 learned about soils, healthy living and bugs through a multitude of activities both inside and out. They collected soil samples for a soil shake mix to learn about different soil layers, tie-dyed a t-shirt using clay and did experiments with worms. They learned about safety in the kitchen, healthy eating and yoga during the healthy living day. Day three was spent learning about different insects and their unique bodies through activities that day.
NC Wildlife Resources Commission came out for a day to teach campers the art of fishing and archery. They talked about the importance of safety and the basics of each activity. Campers then participated in each activity using skills learned during instruction. Carteret Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Director Joe Rufra along with some of his BLET instructors taught students about finger printing and other law enforcement training.
Campers visited Simply Natural Dairy and Creamy for a farm tour to see first-hand where their ice cream comes from. This visit began with a hay ride around the farm to visit the cows and ended with a visit to the ice cream shop for their choice of ice cream. Campers had a special treat on this day with the birth of a calf while we were on the farm.
Carteret County 4-H has allowed many kids to have opportunities this summer through these diverse camps. Look for more opportunities like these next summer, schedules are typically released between March and April.