Group wants to keep kids engaged

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

The Vance County Cooperative Extension added new activities to its 4-H youth development summer fun program this year.

The “Positively Electrifying” workshop, scheduled for June 25 through June 27, teaches youths 11 years old and older the basics of electricity.

The “Jellies, Jams and Jars” program, administered by the Vance-Warren Master Gardeners, will teach youths about vegetable and fruit canning techniques.

Turner Pride, a 4-H youth development extension agent, said he wanted to continue incorporating new activities into 4-H’s summer offerings to get more students engaged.

“I hope to make it even more jam-packed than it already is,” he said.

Festivities kicked off Monday with eight children participating in a weeklong camp at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

The camp included activities like rock climbing, crabbing, arts and crafts, canoeing and kayaking.

Pride said he expects about 400 to participate in the program this year — about the same as last year.

Activities such as cake decoration, farm visits and aquatic center getaways will stretch from June through August.

“I hope they take away a lot of new skills,” he said. “I know a lot of these programs are repeats from last year, but I hope to see a new wave of kids.”

June’s events end with the annual “Down on the Farm” trip. About 125 students from ACTS, Teen Court, 4-H, and the Boys and Girls Club will once again visit a local farm to learn about agriculture maintenance and conservation.

Pride said this year’s destination has not been decided.

Sign-ups for the farm trip are closed, but other sessions have spots available.

“I would say classes are about 50/50 with being totally signed up,” Pride said.

Students must be registered a week before each class; some are free, and some have a fee.

A complete schedule of events and costs are at vance.ces.ncsu.edu.

Youths do not have to be a 4-H club member to participate.

“It’s all about coming out and learning new things and meeting new people,” Pride said. “I want them to come back and deal with 4-H outside of the summer fun program.”

Pride said students should arrive at the event areas with all required items and wearing comfortable clothing suitable for getting dirty.

 

Contact the writer at dhairson@hendersondispatch.com.