Register for 4-H Summer Fun classes today
By Laura Allen
Even though school is out for the summer, it’s important that children continue to learn and grow during their time away from school. This summer, Rowan County 4-H is still offering 4-H Summer Fun workshops and classes, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will look a little different. Any youths ages 5-18 (as of Jan. 1) are invited to participate in these activities, regardless if they are currently in 4-H or not. We will be covering lots of topics, including agriculture, sewing, crafts, outdoor exploration, STEM and much more.
Because of COVID-19, more collaboration has happened among 4-H agents across North Carolina to make 4-H Summer Fun as hands-on, interactive and fun as possible, even though we cannot meet in person. There are tons of cross-county 4-H Summer Fun opportunities available; these programs will also allow youth to interact with other 4-H youth from across our state.
Rowan County 4-H has also planned programs just for Rowan County youths. We currently have three hands-on kits available that youth can be registered to receive. These kits are free and include a majority of the materials needed to complete the tasks. Pre-registration is required and is open until June 30. Once registration has been completed, parents will be contacted and will receive a scheduled pick up time to come by the Extension office to receive the kits.
Sew Much Fun: This kit, open to youths ages 9-18 (as of Jan. 1), will allow youths to learn how to hand stitch four different stitches and learn how to sew on a button. Families will need access to an iron and ironing board; all other materials provided. Pre-recorded demonstration videos will be provided to assist youth in this activity. Free. Twenty kits available.
Let’s Get Crafty: This kit is designed for youths ages 5-8 (as of Jan. 1). This kit will provide supplies and instructions for five different crafts. These crafts can be done at home at your own pace. Items required by the participant include: scissors, glue, hot glue, tape, pen/pencil, markers (washable and permanent). Free. Twenty kits available.
Up, Up & Away: This kit, available to youths ages 7-13 (as of Jan. 1), provides supplies and instructions for four different airplane and rocket activities. Items required by the participant include: scissors; tape; pen/pencil; crayons, markers or colored pencils; tape measure (optional). Free. Twenty kits available.
There are also non-kit, virtual Summer Fun opportunities available to Rowan County youth and one is coming up very soon.
Virtual Poultry Camp: This free, virtual camp will be held online on Zoom from 10-11 a.m. on June 8-12 daily and will be taught by the Rowan County Cooperative Extension 4-H agent and livestock agent. Youths will learn about poultry terminology & purposes, breed origins, egg color, breeds, types of operations, exterior parts of the bird, and the digestive system. Youths will dissect an egg, candle eggs, enjoy a virtual tour of a poultry farm and more. Each day will consist of a lesson, activity, and short, easy homework task. Limit to 20. Registration due by June 1.
To register for these programs, visit https://rowan.ces.ncsu.edu/rowan-county-4-h-summer-fun/. All registration links are provided. Check back to this site often for updates as Rowan County 4-H will continue to plan and create additional 4-H Summer Fun programs for July and August. This website also includes registration links to additional virtual 4-H programs from across the state that Rowan County youths are eligible to attend.
I want to highlight a few of the 4-H Summer Fun opportunities offered to youths all across the state. Even though these are not being orchestrated by Rowan County 4-H, do not neglect them. They will be amazing opportunities for your children.
- Since overnight camps are closed, N.C. 4-H is offering a virtual camping experience on June 22-26. Families have an a la carte menu of organized camp activities to choose from. Register soon, as it’s filling up fast. https://nc4h.ces.ncsu.edu/camps-centers/
- North Carolina 4-H is offering lots of free programs, with registration opening on June 1. For details, check out: https://nc4h.ces.ncsu.edu/4-h-curriculum-at-a-glance/nc-4-h-virtual-summer-programs/.
- 4-H Agents across the South Central 4-H District (a 19-county area that includes Rowan) are planning district 4-H SPIN Clubs. These special interest clubs will meet several times throughout the summer and focus on various topics. They will include learning, at-home challenges, and more! Details listed here: https://rowan.ces.ncsu.edu/rowan-county-4-h-summer-fun/
We will miss our in-person interactions this summer, but we are excited about the opportunity to continue educating youth by providing at-home and virtual opportunities. If you have questions about any of the summer opportunities available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-216-8970. The Rowan County Cooperative Extension office is located at 2727-A Old Concord Road in Salisbury.
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