4-H Summer Programs Celebrate Extension’s Centennial

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Plymouth, NC – The heat and excitement of summer is giving way to cooler nights and new school supplies as 4-H wraps up summer programming. Washington County 4-H celebrated Cooperative Extension’s Centennial Anniversary with a variety of summer programs this year. In addition, to the traditional 4-H summer programs like, Residential Camp, Science Camp, and 4-H Congress, the past few months have brought tons of fun, and education, in the sun through 4-H Day Camps. This year’s day camps included a Go-Wild in Washington County Camp for ages 9 to 13, the Sew-What? Sewing Day Camp, a Cloverbud Water Day Camp for the younger kids, and a Career Exploration Day Camp for teens.

Cloverbud Water Day Camp participants show off their catch at Lake Mattamuskeet.

Cloverbud Water Day Camp participants show off their catch at Lake Mattamuskeet.

Youth were able to participate in a variety of activities through these programs from fishing and crabbing to creating their own garment. 4-H Summer Programming provides safe, supervised, educational opportunities for the youth of Washington County each year. Like all 4-H programs, summer day camps help youth, ages 5 to 18, develop life skills such as responsibility, teamwork, fairness, and more through hands-on activities.

Career Day Camp Youth follow careful food safety regulations on their visit to Rose Acres Egg Farm.

Career Day Camp Youth follow careful food safety regulations on their visit to Rose Acres Egg Farm.

One of the highlights of this year’s programming was the 4-H Career Day Camp. The second year of this camp brought a more expanded program and a larger audience. This program allowed its participants to travel to local businesses and factories and learn about the different career opportunities in Science and Technology, Math, History, and English. This year’s tours included the Washington County Government Offices and Water Department, Domtar, Rose Acre Egg Farm, Port O’ Plymouth Museum, Tidewater Research Station, and Tidewater Animal Hospital. In addition, youth learned about what skills and education would be required to achieve their career goals and participated in career preparedness workshops.

Sew What? Day Camp participant, Jada White, shows off her work.

Sew What? Day Camp participant, Jada White, shows off her work.

Cooperative Extension’s Centennial year also inspired a throwback to traditional 4-H programs with the popular Sew-What? Sewing Day Camp. Volunteers from the American Sewing Guild, Raleigh Chapter, Down East Neighborhood Group worked with youth one on one as they learned to measure, read pattern, pin, hand sew, pleat, use a sewing machine, and surge their garments to perfection.

You may not see the green van full of kids roaming the county this fall, but that doesn’t mean 4-H programs have ended. You can look for Mrs. Laura Oliver in your schools helping teachers with 4-H School Enrichment programming, at 4-H Club meetings across the county helping youth with community service and other projects, or at the variety of 4-H Special Interest programs through-out the year. For more information on 4-H contact the Washington County Extension Office at 793-2163.