Cooperative Extension’s Summer Fun offers a season of 4-H activities


LUMBERTON — “We’re going to have fun, have fun, have fun until…” and that’s when I’ll part ways with the Beach Boys.

We plan to have Summer Fun all summer here in 4-H. We are thrilled that right now all of our camps, day, mini and overnight, are in-person and full of learning experiences. If you know a child between the ages of 5 and 18, we have a little something for each of them.

Here is an overview.

For our Cloverbuds, ages 5-8, we have a week-long day camp to get them back into the rhythm of school. Each day we will have a different theme and our youth will be immersed in hands-on activities. This camp is scheduled for August 15-19.

For our 9-13 year olds we have a plethora of activities. The first camp will be a one-day camp focusing on good manners. Our Etiquette 4-H day camp is scheduled for June 22 and is open to our youth aged 9 to 18. Young people will have the opportunity to learn manners in person and online in a fun environment. This hands-on opportunity will include a very special lunch, identify rude behavior and young people can go home with a book to help them through life’s tricky social situations.

The week of June 27 to July 1, we’ll be preparing some fun as part of our Junior Chef day camp. The menu will include young people who will learn to cook international dishes, create value-added products and prepare food like never before. We will also conduct field visits to learn more about career opportunities in this growing field. If you have a child who loves food, this is a delicious opportunity.

Learning about food can also mean learning how to grow your own good food. Youth who attend our 4-H Junior Master Gardener Day Camp the week of July 11-15 will have the opportunity to become nationally certified as Junior Master Gardeners. They will be able to play in the ground, play detective and eat things they grow. We will have two day trips with this camp.

Let’s not forget our citizen scientists because we make science fun. From August 1 to 5, we will have our traditional 4-H Biotech day camp. This is a hands-on camp for young people who like to ask questions and explore. Every day we go to the experts so youngsters can accidentally learn about all sorts of fun topics.

If you’re looking for a more traditional form of camping, join us for our week-long overnight camp at Betsy-Jeff Penn. This will take place July 24-29 and is for our 9-14 year olds. Young people will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as archery, rock climbing and swimming.

For our 14-18 year olds we have two fun events. Citizenship Focus will take place June 14-16 in Raleigh. Young people from across the state come together to learn about civic engagement, youth advocacy and how to make a difference in their communities. The congress will also take place in Raleigh on the campus of NC State University from July 16-19. This leadership event includes state presentations, workshops and community service projects.

It’s a summer filled with 4-H fun. To learn more about our programs or to register, you can visit our website at, our blog at, or download our free 4-H app (4-H Now in your app store – choose Robeson County 4-H) and go to programs to sign up for Summer Fun.

Shea Ann DeJarnette is the 4-H Youth Development Officer with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center. She can be reached by calling 910-671-3276 or by email at [email protected]


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