Delaware 4-H Summer Day Camps

Big group of 4H campers standing in classroom

Delaware 4-H has been busy hosting a variety of Day Camps this summer! New Castle County offered four day camps. Three camps took place the week of June 24-28. Cloverbud camp (ages 5-7) was a S.T.E.A.M. focus with a trip to the Marshall Steam Museum. Programs included environmental science, Insect Detectives, ozobots, a visit to UD dairy unit and apiary. Traditional Day Camp (ages 8-12) included a program on Environmental Forensics and a trip to the Delaware Fire School. Classes offered included Exploring 4-H, leadership, crafts and cooking, STEM and Sports/Fitness. Counselors in Training (CIT) camp included a variety of classes and team building activities and allowed this group to organize field day activities for the Cloverbud Camp.

4 campers doing a food demonstration with blenderA group of 4H youth standing on the steps of Townsend Hall wearing bright yellow shirts

Animal Science Camp was held August 5-9 and featured presentations on goats, sheep, poultry industry, UD K-9, Mounted Police, Hidden Haven Equine Miniature Horses along with visits to UD dairy, equine and livestock units. A field trip to Woodside Creamery and farm to observe the states only robotic milker along with ice cream production was a highlight of the week. All camps included the BLAST Lyme Disease program from DHSS and UD Pool time.  A fun video featuring the NCC day camps can be viewed here!

3 girls standing next to a horse

Kent County offered two day camps during the week of July 8-12. 26 Cloverbuds (ages 5-7) and 48 traditional campers (ages 8-12) were hosted. During camp, the campers developed and refined skills in food preparation and nutrition, sports and fitness, leadership, and the sciences including Computer Science. In the Foods & Nutrition class, campers learned about My Plate, food contamination dangers, and how to make ice cream. After eating all those delicious healthy foods, our youth used those nutrients to help them learn the ins and outs of playing soccer, t-ball, and other team sports in the Sports & Fitness class. During the Computer Science workshops they programmed robots with block programming on Chromebooks, and used modeling clay to create a controller to play a digital piano.  A video featuring the fun had in Kent County can be viewed here!
A group of campers sitting around a rectangular table doing an experiment
5 campers playing a twister game wearing tye dyed tshirts

Visits included one from the Watermelon Queen, a presentation on “Animal Adaptations” by Killens Pond Nature Center, Cole Simpson and Hunter Willoughby presenting Unplugged Computer Science programming, Environmental Forensics – “Where does your food come from?”, and a State of Delaware Public Health with Tick prevention presentation. The week ended with a traditional Council Circle where parents were able to observe their children perform songs, skits, and yells they learned throughout the week.

Sussex County 4-H hosted its first Experience Extension Day Camp June 24-28 at the Carvel Research and Education Center. 25 youth ages 8-12 were in attendance. Campers got to experience all Cooperative Extension has to offer including a hand washing demonstration from Family and Consumer Science Agent Nancy Mears, pulling out strawberry DNA with Plant Pathologist, Dr. Alyssa Koehler, sweeping for bugs in a soybean field with Dr. David Owens, Entomologist, as well as various other activities. At the end of the week, campers were put into groups and gave a presentation about Extension to their peers, parents, and extension professionals. Families ended the week with a sweet treat from UD’s own Moo Mobile. We look forward to getting prepared for next year’s camp with many more exciting activities and opportunities!
a group of campers outside in the garden looking at plants

“Come fly with me let fly, let’s fly away!” This year’s Georgetown Day Camp was another huge success. ‘Around the World’ was the camp theme and throughout the week 60 campers were able to explore all different areas of 4-H. From Food Science to Computer Science, the youth involved were engaged in many activities. In addition to these classes, campers heard from Delaware Health and Human Services about their BLAST Lyme Disease campaign, learned about Healthy Relationships presented by State Teen Council officers Maci Carter and Rachel Taylor, and got to do hands-on computer science activities led by Mrs. Jenny Trunfio, Kent County 4-H staff. Campers ended the week with a traditional Council Circle where they sang songs and performed group skits for their parents.a grop of boy campers talking and smiling

Many more photos can we viewed and enjoyed on the Delaware 4-H Facebook page!