Schools Out for Summer and 4-H Adventures Is in Session

— Written By Sarah Delap

As May draws to a close, this time of year marks the beginning of many new stages in life for youth of Jones County, from graduation to summer vacation. But for some parents this time of year can be a struggle to find opportunities for their children to be engaged, and not just in front of a screen. If you have not already made plans, be sure to check out the mini camps, residential camps, and trips that Jones County 4-H has to offer this summer.

Summer activities start on June 13, with a two-day training for teens who want to volunteer with the 4-H program. During the training, teens will learn about ages and stages, learning styles, practice teaching lessons for the upcoming mini-camps, learn what it means to be role model, and participate in team building opportunities.

The first mini camp will be Cloverbud’s GO GREEN, June 15-17. During this 3-day camp, youth ages 5-8 will learn what it takes to become an environmentalist. We we travel to Cool Springs in New Bern, complete a nature scavenger hunt, explore what trees and plants have to offer, and much more.

The next week youth ages 9 and up will explore the Great Outdoors. We will learn basic survival skills, orienteering, outdoor cooking, animal ID and casting of tracks, and go on a nature hike.

The third mini camp will be 4-H is Double GREEN, June 28-30. During this 3-day camp, youth ages 9 and up will explore the world from an Environmental Scientist point of view. We will build an ecosystem, go creek stomping, filter water, dissect owl pellets, visit Cool Springs in New Bern, explore how plants perform photosynthesis, and discover the importance of trees. To end this week, youth will travel to Carolina Beach just south of Wilmington. Youth will then travel by boat out to Masonboro Island. While on the boat and the island youth will be fishing, clamming, seining in the salt marsh, crabbing, taking beach walks, and sorting through catch from shrimp trawls, fish traps, and crab pots.

Once July begins, we fire the program up even more, as Cloverbuds Travel the World of 4-H. Youth ages 5-8 will create a passport and travel to each of the “H’s.”  They will learn about pets, cooking, gardening, and complete team games. We will also complete multiple crafts and a service project.

Youth will also be able to learn about multiple types of livestock that is housed here in Jones County, during “What do Chickens, Goats, and Alpacas have in Common.”  This two-day workshop will allow youth to travel to multiple farms, see livestock up close, learn about their products, and either taste or create a craft using a product from the animal.

4-Her’s will also travel to Raleigh for State 4-H Congress July 16-19. During this time youth will participate in leadership workshops, tour NC State’s campus, stay in campus housing, elect state officers, and induct 4-Hers into the 4-H Honor Club.

Teen 4-Her’s will also join Craven County 4-H for a tour of East Carolina University on July 21. During the tour 4-Her’s will visit classrooms, dining halls, dorm rooms, the rec center, and the football stadium. Youth will learn about the requirements to become a Pirate and hear from current students and alumni about their experiences while at ECU.

Jones County 4-H will also be traveling to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp located in Reidsville July 24-29. There will be swimming in the lake and pool, canoeing, climbing, orienteering, hiking, camp fires, and a slip-n-slide. The cost of camp is $320 and covers transportation, a t-shirt, and $15 to spend at the camp store. We currently only have 2 female spots remaining. If you know of a girl ages 8-14 that wants to attend please contact the Jones County Cooperative Extension Office.

The last mini camp will be Weird Science:  Food Chemistry Edition, August 2-4. Youth ages 9 and up will learn what it takes to bake the best chocolate chip cookie and grill a champion pork chop. There will be a cook off to name the top chef in the world of cookies and grilling.

We will finish out the summer with a family cookout at the Jones County Extension Office on August 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. We will have hotdogs, chips, desserts, and drinks. Youth will be presented with awards from the summer and an outdoor family movie will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Most activities and camps have a fee to help with the cost of materials and travel. If you are interested in participating or would like to help sponsor a youth, please contact the Jones County Cooperative Extension Office at 252-448-9621 or Ms. Sarah Delap (4-H Agent) at

Summer Adventures Schedule

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