4-H’ers Beat Midsummer Boredom by Learning and Doing This July!

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Come July, kids are in mid-summer break and are close to hitting peak boredom. Most kids and their parents have exhausted every idea of what to do to keep their kids busy. If this is something you are struggling with, maybe it is time to sign your child up for Caldwell County 4-H!

Participants of Art Camp pose proudly with their artwork. From left to right, Joseph Penny, Ellis Waites (Junior Leader), Emma Combs (Junior Leader), Rhett Coffey, and Caleb Schwartz (Junior Leader).

Participants of Art Camp pose proudly with their artwork. From left to right, Joseph Penny, Ellis Waites (Junior Leader), Emma Combs (Junior Leader), Rhett Coffey, and Caleb Schwartz (Junior Leader).

This summer, youth in Caldwell County 4-H have been super busy and in a good way. Art Camp with Debbie Burns, our 4-H Program Assistant and former Art Teacher, was held the week of July 10th. The youth that participated had a wonderful time creating and learning about positive and negative space in
artwork. They were able to create their own prints and stamps.

While Art Camp was going on, we also had two Circuit Breakers 4-H club members attending NC 4-H’s Electric Congress. Eli Dillion and Thang Pham attended Electric Congress with their club leader William Meadows in Willmington, NC. This event is designed to recognize excellence in 4-H electric Projects.
Our members participated in educational workshops, meet with power company representatives, and learn about careers in the energy industry. Our 4-H’ers were eligible to go on this trip because they completed 4-H electric projects. Eli also served as a recruiter by sharing his presentation with our local 4-H
Livestock Club.

Thang Pham and Eli Dillion pose proudly with their awards from NC 4-H Electric Congress.

Thang Pham and Eli Dillion pose proudly with their awards from NC 4-H Electric Congress.

The next week, several 4-H members were sent off to enjoy a week at Fur, Fish, and Game Camp at Millstone 4-H Camp. These members will participate in many activities related to hunting and fishing throughout the week as well as learn about hunter safety. Caldwell County 4-H will also be headed down to Raleigh the following week for State 4-H Presentations and NC 4-H Congress. Eli Dillion will be presenting his Electric Project at the state level after winning at the district level. We are very proud of Eli and know he will do great!

We will also have several Caldwell County 4-H’ers attending NC 4-H Congress, which is an annual educational event for all 4-H members in North Carolina to get together and learn about leadership skills, participate in many different educational workshops, and participate in the democratic process through campaigning and elections of state 4-H

So while many children in Caldwell County are complaining of boredom in July, our 4-H members are staying busy learning and doing! To learn more about how youth can participate in 4-H or what is currently offered locally, contact Caldwell County  4-H Agent Gabby Whorley at glwhorle@ncsu.edu.Families can also view local 4-H information online at caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu.

Caldwell County 4-H is a proud member agency of United Way.
Gabby Whorley is the 4-H Youth Development Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center, 120 Hospital Ave. NE #1 in Lenoir, provides access to resources of N.C. State University and N.C.A&T State University through educational programs and publications.