Did You Know…Jones County’s 4-H Summer Calendar

— Written By Erin Morgan and last updated by Pam Brylowe

As you know kids are now out of school for the summer! Do you know what your child is going to do this summer? If you haven’t already made plans check out all the fun things Jones County 4-H is offering youth this summer.

Summer programs start the week of June 17 with a variety of workshops. Highlights for the week include a potluck workshop taught by talented 4-Hers. They will be teaching youth how to make origami, put together an electric kit, and other various take home items. There will also be a cloverbud (youth ages 5 – 8) art workshop, that will have youth making several art pieces they can take home, and enjoying some edible art as well.  The week will end with a trip for teens involved in 4-H to attend 4-H Congress, an annual event held on the campus of NCSU. Teens will enjoy leadership and citizenship workshops, as well as nightly activities such as youth dances, and a dessert social.

The week of June 24 will start with the last couple of days of 4-H Congress, then will end with some animal day camps. One of the day camps will be a horse camp for youth ages 8 and up at Bay Branch Stables in Pollocksville, on July 27. The cost of the camp is $20 and includes a full day of activities, including use of a horse for the day and lunch. The other animal camp is a livestock camp that will introduce youth to show animals, and to give them a taste for what it really means to prepare and show an animal. Members of the Jones County 4-H Livestock Club will be teaching this hands on workshop. The day will include a mock show, a skill-a-thon demonstration, and an introduction to other livestock events. The cost is $5 as it will include a hot dog lunch.

The weeks of July 8-12 and July 15-19 a weeklong entomology camp will be offered. Youth ages 9 and up are invited to learn about insects the week of July 8 – 12, and youth ages 5 – 8 are invited to attend the second week. This is a free day camp being offered to all Jones County youth.

On July 26 a workshop will be offered to youth ages 10 and up to learn the art of Batik. This is where hot wax and dye is used to create designs suitable to be hung in their homes. The cost of this workshop is $10 to cover all art supplies, and a bag lunch will be required. This workshop will take place at Country Dreams Bed and Breakfast in Pollocksville.

4-H camp is a residential camp being held the week of July 28 – August 2 at Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Center in Reidsville, NC. Camp provides youth ages 8-14 with a chance to experience new things, gain teamwork skills, communication skills, make new friends, and enjoy traditional camp activities, such as canoeing and swimming.

The summer workshops will conclude the week of August 5 – 9. During that week the wildlife game commission will be in Jones County to teach hunter safety education (this is the full course that adults and youth alike have to take to obtain a hunting license). This two-day course will go in depth into all the hunting regulations and safety tips; this workshop will end with a written test. For those who pass the test they will be asked to come back on August 7 demonstrate proper shooting skills and enjoy a morning of shooting skeet. On Thursday, August 8, youth ages 5 and up will be invited to learn how to or to sharpen fishing skills. This free workshop is open to all Jones County youth; all equipment and bait will be provided.

For more information on opportunities offered through 4-H or to get the full summer calendar with pricing and times, please call Erin Morgan, Jones County 4-H agent, at 448-9621. Allow you child to explore the world through 4-H. Call today for information. Workshops do tend to fill up, so be sure to sign your child(ren) up in advance. We do welcome volunteers, so please inquire about serving as a volunteer for any of these workshops.

These events or activities are operating under the 4-H Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure. The NC 4-H Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure is a condition of participation in 4-H events and activities.

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

This article was written by Erin Morgan, 4-H Youth Development Agent, and was scheduled to appear in the June 13, 2013 Jones Post

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Photo of Erin MorganErin MorganExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (252) 448-9621 erin_morgan@ncsu.eduJones County, North Carolina
Posted on Aug 6, 2013
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