Highlands County 4-H Wraps Up Summer Camps

Cooking spaghetti, creating painted masterpieces, and becoming leaders. Those are a few of many exciting adventures that took place as thirty-one youth took advantage of Highlands County 4-H’s Summer Camps this year.

Highlands County 4-H member, Carlie Stockenberg with her hand-sculpted archery target and arrow she made from modeling clay during Creative Arts Camp.

On June 19-23, campers explored the culinary arts and learned about food safety and nutrition. They learned about delicious, fresh food while positively influencing their health and well-being. Through multiple cooking experiences, campers learned how to read a recipe, measure ingredients correctly, combine and mix ingredients according to recipe instructions, clean up the kitchen area according to parental standards, and identify healthful foods and develop a taste for nutritious foods.

4-H Leadership Camp, July 5-7, took each camper through many different activities that taught them life skills that are important to being an effective leader. They had different opportunities to develop their leadership skills while also learning the basics of parliamentary procedure, organize meetings, and prepare to be an effective 4-H club officer.

The final camp for the summer was Creative Arts Camp, July 11-14. Here, campers let their imaginations run wild! They spent the week making mosaics while learning about sculpture, design, and so much more! Each day, campers had the opportunity to go home boasting a new, creative masterpiece and fun stories of camp life.

We look forward to another successful summer of camps next year. Your child must be between the ages of 8-13 to be a camper, or 14+ to be a camp counselor and does not have to be a 4-H member. Check out our camp photos on facebook: Highlands County 4-H.

What is 4-H you may ask? 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Florida and other land-grant universities throughout the United States.  This international program provides children and young adults ages 5 to 18 the opportunity to learn the life skills they need to be productive members of society, responsible citizens, and future leaders.  4-H employs the experiential learning theory which revolves around “learning by doing” to teach these skills. To inquire more information, please contact Alexis at the Highlands County Extension Office at 863-402-6540.


Written by: Alexis Cooper, Highlands County 4-H Program Assistant
 For more information visit us at: 4509 George Blvd. Sebring, FL 33875 or call us at: 863-402-6540
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