As summer comes to a close, St. Johns County 4-H is taking a look back at some of the fun-filled summer day camps that took place. At the end of July, fourteen youth participated in the two-day Animal Science Camp. During this camp, youth learned about many different types of livestock and production animals such as chickens, goats, horses, cattle, and sheep.
On the first day of camp, youth spent their time in the classroom learning about the different animals. For each animal, topics such as breeds, nutrition, anatomy, care, and purpose were covered. Youth worked to identify products that were produced by each animal. After identification, the campers were then able to taste, touch, and feel the products. Campers even learned how to make their own butter! These activities gave the youth a better understanding of where the food and products they use in their everyday lives come from.
The second day of camp brought much excitement as we ventured out of the classroom and into the field. Industry professionals shared their wealth of knowledge and experiences working with the animals. This enabled campers to relate what they learned in the classroom to real life scenarios on the farm. Campers were also able to tour a local ranch to learn about the maintenance and equipment that go into managing a working facility. From dairy goats to cracker cattle, the campers got to see a wide variety of animals up close and personal!
After two days of learning about all things animal, campers walked away with a stronger understanding of how these animals play a role in their everyday lives. Of the fourteen youth who participated in camp, twelve said they would like to pursue 4-H animal projects in the future. By participating in a 4-H animal project, youth are able to develop life skills such as decision making, maintaining records, positive self esteem, and the ability to accept responsibility. St. Johns County 4-H is looking forward to seeing how this group of “animal scientists” use their newfound knowledge in the field!
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