UNION COUNTY — With summertime just around the corner, the Union County 4-H program is putting the finishing touches on its super summer 4-H camps and day camps for area youth — ages 5-14.
Kids in the Kitchen
The summer camps will begin with Kids in the Kitchen Daycamp — a three-day cooking expedition for youth ages 7 and older — to be held June 17-19. Boys and girls will learn about healthy lifestyles while cooking (and sampling) some delicious and healthy recipes. Each participant will learn basic cooking skills and complete a recipe book. There will also be time for participants to brush up on table manners and general etiquette.
State 4-H Club Summer Camp
For youth looking for a residential camping experience this summer, the State 4-H Club Summer Camp will be offered June 22-26 at Camp Long in Aiken. This traditional camping experience is open to youth ages 8-14 and provides camping fun such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, team sports, climbing wall, zip line, hiking, crafts and much more.
4-H Camp Wild
The last week of June will bring hot, sticky days, as well as another overnight camp. Again this year, Union County 4-H will join with neighboring counties to host 4-H Camp Wild, June 24-26, at Chester State Park. The camp features true “roughing it” as campers will be required to bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and camp chair. The 4-H club will provide the food and plenty of hands-on nature activities.
Amazing Animals Daycamp
The Amazing Animals Daycamp on July 1-2 is sure to spark the interest of boys and girls who love animals. Youth will learn how to be responsible pet owners, learning proper pet nutrition, health and exercise. No animal program would be complete without some very special “visitors” from the animal family, and campers will not be disappointed. Youth are invited to learn about dogs, cats, birds, fish, and more.
Camp Cloverbud — one of Union County 4-H’s traditional daycamps — will be held July 14-16 and is designed 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, crafts, fun recipes, and of course, new friends.
4-H Discovery Camp
The 4-H Discovery Camp for ages 8 and older will be held July 21-23. This is the program’s traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp for youth interested in plant and animal science, robotics, engineering, energy or health science.
4-H Adventure Camp
Rounding out the program’s summer daycamp series, the 4-H Adventure Camp will be held July 28-30. Youth will get a closer look at natural resources, including forestry, game animals, lakes and streams, and fish of the area. Campers will be able to test their shooting skills with the 4-H Shooting Sports trailer and archery range.
The Union County 4-H program’s annual flier listing all camps and daycamps is available at the Clemson Extension office and on the 4-H Facebook page.