UNION — Union County 4-H is ready to launch another season of summer fun for local children.
4-H is a community of young people across America who learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through various programs and camps.
Several of this year’s 4-H summer day camps will focus on reviving heritage skills, in addition to learning leadership and citizenship.
A new camp this summer will be the 4-H “Beginner’s Crochet Class,” which will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon July 7-9. Youth will learn basic crochet stitches and make simple projects and crafts with yarn. Youth will be taught to read simple pattern instructions so they can continue this life skill long after camp is over.
Another camp is “Kids In the Kitchen” Daycamp — a three-day cooking expedition for youth ages 7 and older — to be held June 17-19. Youth will learn that the grocery store has a back door! In addition to cooking and sampling delicious, healthy recipes, participants will learn a little about the farms and farmers that produce the food they eat. Each youth will learn basic cooking skills and complete a recipe book. There will also be some time for participants to brush up on table manners and etiquette.
For youth looking for a residential camping experience this summer, the State 4-H Club Summer Camp will again be offered June 22-26 at Camp Long in Aiken. This traditional camping experience is open to youth ages 8-14 and provides such camping fun as swimming, canoeing, fishing, team sports, climbing wall, zip line, hiking, crafts, and much more.
As the last week of June will bring good old hot, sticky days, it will also bring another overnight camp. Union County 4-H will again join with neighboring counties to host “4-H Camp Wild” June 24-26 at Chester State Park. This is true “roughing it” since campers will bring their own tent, sleeping bags, and camp chair. Food and plenty of hands-on nature activities will be provided.
For boys and girls who love animals, 4-H’s “Amazing Animals Daycamp” on July 1-2 is sure to spark their interest. Youth will learn how to be responsible pet owners by teaching proper pet nutrition, health and exercise. No animal program would be complete without some very special “visitors” from the animal family, and participants won’t be disappointed! They will learn about dogs, cats, birds, fish, and more.
Union 4-H will also bring back its traditional day camps in July.
Camp Cloverbud — which will be held July 14-16 is designed just for children ages 5-7. They will be introduced to the treasures of 4-H through animal and plant studies, with many hands-on activities, science experiments, crafts, fun recipes, and of course, new friends.
4-H Discovery Camp will be held July 21-23 for ages 8 and older. This is the traditional science, technology, engineering and math camp for youth interested in plant and animal science, robotics, engineering, energy or health science.
4-H Adventure Camp will round out the summer day camp programs on July 28-30. Youth will get a closer look at natural resources including forestry, game animals, lakes and streams, and fish in the local area. Campers will also have an opportunity to test their shooting skills with the 4-H Shooting Sports trailer and archery range.
There are still openings in each of the 4-H camps, and those who are interested in signing up children for the summer fun should call or visit Union County 4-H, Clemson Extension Service, 129 Kirby St. Union, at 864-427-6259.