Four-H leader Daniel Collins is looking forward to youths experiencing new adventures during the summer.
Registration is underway for the Sampson County 4-H Summer Adventure Series and will continue through Friday, May 27. Hosted by the local Cooperative Extension office, it’s open to county youths, 5 to 18 years old. Participation in 4-H is not required to participate. Sampson County Extension Office officials said the workshops provide learning and enjoyable opportunities. Some of the activities include camps, field trips and workshop sessions for teenagers (ages 14-18), juniors (ages 9-13) and Cloverbud (ages 5 -8). There will also be trips and experiences for mixed age groups as well.
“We’re real excited about the opportunity to offer at least 30 opportunities for kids,” Collins said about the program being made possible through groups such as United Way and South River Electric Membership Corporation.
Collins added that the contributions resulted in low fees for workshops which covers snacks and materials. Some of the topics include science, environmental education, horticulture, live stock, career exploration, crafts and substance abuse prevention.
“We have a lot of stuff and different ways that kids can become a part of 4-H,” Collins said. “It’s also going to highlight that we have a lot more going on that just agriculture things.”
One of the major highlights for teens include a trip to Washington, D.C. and visits to museums, monuments, one day at Six Flags over America and the National 4-H Headquarters. Another opportunity for teens is the North Carolina 4-H State Congress held in Raleigh. It includes workshops, activities and other events.
For younger participants or teenagers, some of the other summer opportunities include learning about ponies, babysitting basics, dog trick training candy making and zumba.
Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. As of Tuesday, the summer program has about 50 youths who are registered. The Extension Office is expecting more. Last summer, 78 students participated in workshops.
“It’s going to be a very successful summer for us, I’m hoping,” Collins said.
Online registration, dates of workshops and additional information is available online at www.tinyurl.com/sampson4hsummer. Along with a link to registration, the workshop includes a detailed list of programs available. Collins can be reached at the Sampson County Extension Office at 910-592-7161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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