SAINT AUGUSTINE – This summer the St. Johns County 4-H Program offered 15 different day camps to St. Johns County youth ages five through 18. Camps focus on a wide variety of topics ranging from archery to sewing. Camps in June included Cloverbud Fun Day, Very Berry, Got Beef?, Archery, Beginning Sewing, Plant Mania, Science is Fun, Quilting and Birds in Paradise. Camps include area fieldtrips, hands on activities, and opportunities to develop communication skills and are led by UF/IFAS Extension Agents and 4-H adult and youth volunteers.
Camp highlights include 16 youth at the Beginning Sewing Camp who each constructed a garment and took part in an end of camp fashion show. Youth learned to read a pattern, learn the parts of a sewing machine, and basic sewing skills. Archery Camp provided an opportunity for youth to master their technique in shooting an unsighted recurve bow and Birds in Paradise Camp explored Florida birds and their habitats using a bird identification app to “key out” specific birds. Science Camp delved in physics and chemistry through a variety of interactive experiments and creative problem solving challenges. Quilt Camp resulted in eight completed quilts by youth of varying skill levels. Camp fieldtrips included the Florida Agricultural Museum, UF/IFAS Hastings Agricultural Extension Center, University of Florida Animal Science Department, Smith Farms, and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
More 4-H camps are scheduled for July. Remaining summer day camps include: Budding Artist, Cake Decorating, Cooking with Kids, and Good Bug, Bad Bug.
If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H Program or becoming a 4-H volunteer, please contact the 4-H Office at the St. Johns County Extension Office (3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, 32092) at 904 209-0430. To find out more about the St. Johns County 4-H Program go to: http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml. There is an annual $20 membership fee per youth to enroll into the 4-H program. Enrollment for the upcoming 4-H year will begin in late August for the 2017-2018 4-H year via the following link: https://florida.4honline.com.
4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, St. Johns County/University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. As one of our nation’s oldest, yet most current organizations, 4-H is reaching millions of young people with positive youth development opportunities.