4-H Virtual Summer Fun Program Wraps Up the Summer Season
Union County 4-H wrapped up its last week of Virtual 4-H Summer Day Camp at the end of July. The summer was packed with camps ranging in topics from cooking and robotics to loom knitting and exploring nature. The purpose of the summer camp program was to provide youth with fun and educational activities they could do over the summer months to keep their minds engaged and stimulated. Despite the unforeseen circumstances with COVID-19 that prevented Union County 4-H from offering camps face-to-face, they still were determined to offer camps in a remote and virtual format to youth.
By altering the delivery method a bit, campers were able to bring the summer camp experience home with them by picking up full material kits with all the supplies to do activities throughout the week. Each day, they had activities and challenges to do and would discuss them with the group during morning Zoom kick-off meetings.
“Prior to the virtual camps, Amelia had not been exposed to things such as Zoom meetings, emails with Zoom links and passwords, and instructional websites, so the electronic resources utilized for the camps enabled her to learn something new as well. Essentially, Amelia attended an electronics bootcamp too which taught her how to use email, how to compose and type out emails, as well as navigate websites and additional resources,” said Emily Poplin, mother of 4-H camp participant Amelia.
These camps were made even better by partnerships Union County 4-H made with volunteers and other Cooperative Extension agents who shared their experience and expertise with the participants. In the Kid Chef camps, the youth prepared recipes and learned essential kitchen safety skills. Campers made crafts and learned about art techniques in Krafty Kids. Participants became engineers when they built and programmed Lego robots during Robotics Week. The youth explored the great outdoors in Beyond the Backyard. Participants handmade a knitted hat in the Loom Knitting camp using a round loom.
“This summer was a wonderful experience for Amelia and we are grateful to the Union County 4-H coordinators and speakers who made virtual summer camp awesome!” said Poplin.