4-H Offers Summer Programs for Youth
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Warm days, hands-on experiences and lots of learning await youth who register for a Caldwell County 4-H Summer Exploring program. 4-H is a youth development organization serving young people ages 5-18.
The 2021 line up includes a number of options, and most will be held outdoors. Registration, which is required for all sessions, opened April 22 to the public.
One program will use Project Learning Tree ® (PLT), an award winning environmental education curriculum, to guide its exploration. The group with youth ages 8-11 will meet at Redwood Park in Hudson on the following Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. this summer: June 10, 17 and 24 and July 8, 15 and 22.
Nature lovers ages 5-10 may also enjoy “Art Outside,” a program offered in partnership with the Caldwell Arts Council. Youth will look at the connections between art and nature on the following Mondays: July 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hudson Uptown Building.
The only program with a fee attached to it is the Anita Alta Family Day on June 12. (The free of charge programs are no cost because Caldwell County 4-H is a United Way member agency.) The cost for the day is $20 per family.
The day’s purpose is to offer families with youth ages 5-18 an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, so families will be able to choose their own adventure with a variety of activities being planned. The final program schedule will be sent to registrants ahead of the event.
At the Anita Alta Family Day event in northern Caldwell County, 4-H is not responsible for youth supervision. Parents/guardians must stay with their youth for the duration of their visit.
Another no-fee program is “Egg-Cellent Poultry” for ages 10-18.
Poultry is the No. 1 agricultural commodity in North Carolina by cash receipts, and it is an “egg-cellent” topic to learn about if youth are interested in science, animals, and agriculture. Workshop dates are July 7 and 14 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Lenoir. This is the only program planned to be held mostly indoors.
For teens wanting to practice and develop their leadership skills, Junior Leaders is one to review. It allows older youth to practice and build leadership and facilitation skills. In addition to supporting educational components, Junior Leaders will lead social time and help younger youth feel welcome at 4-H programs this summer.
Team training will be in person for Junior Leaders on May 15.
Applications for Junior Leaders are due May 7 at noon, and those who finish the summer in good standing will earn a $50 credit (expiring December 2022) toward any 4-H event.
To stay up to date about all things Summer Exploring, 4-H suggests families check the go.ncsu.edu/summer-exploring website periodically.
Again, Caldwell County 4-H is a member agency of United Way, and it enthusiastically supports its partnerships. Learn more about Caldwell County 4-H programs online.
Sarah Kocher is the 4-H Youth Development Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Caldwell County. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center, 120 Hospital Ave. NE #1 in Lenoir, provides access to resources of NC State University and N.C. A&T State University through educational programs and publications.