Union County 4-H Youth Development is gearing up for its Summer Fun Day Camp Program happening from June until August at the Union County Agricultural Center. Throughout the summer, the organization will offer a variety of camps for youth ages 5 to 14-years-old with topics ranging from S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering, math) related subjects and sewing to cooking and the arts. This program was created for youth to fill their long summer days with opportunities to engage in interactive and fun activities with new friends and form a sense of independence and belonging.
This year, Union County 4-H will be taking campers on field trips for the first time since 2019. These trips include going on farm tours with its Farm to Fork Camp and visiting Dowd Center Theatre in downtown Monroe during the Act it Out Camp. In an effort to cater to ranging family summer schedules, Union County 4-H is offering half-day camps as well as full-day camps ranging from three to five days.
During the summer, students can lose academic knowledge from the school year which is also known as summer learning loss. Research articles suggest students in low socio-economic households fall behind because they do not have the same access to opportunities that students in higher socioeconomic households do during the summer months like participating in summer camps or family vacations. Summer after summer, they can fall behind in their learning which creates a gap between families of different socioeconomic statuses.
By providing communities with affordable summer day camp options starting at $50 using the 4-H research-based curriculum, youth have the chance to gain hands-on learning experiences to keep their brains stimulated throughout the summer. The goal of Union County 4-H’s Summer Fun program is to help reduce the summer learning loss for youth. The camps provide opportunities to develop and master skills and gain independence in an inclusive and safe environment.
Union County 4-H is also offering trips to overnight camp in June and July to Camp Millstone in Ellerbe, NC and Camp Betsy Jeff Penn in Reidsville, NC. It is the NC 4-H Camps & Centers’ vision to inspire and create productive citizens through lifelong learning opportunities that promote diversity & inclusion for all. The camp’s core values include caring, efficiency, inclusiveness, integrity, respect, and stewardship. Campers gain a sense of independence and learn life skills while spending a week at overnight camp.
Registration for Summer Fun is now available online from now open until May 23. Visit go.ncsu.edu/uc4hsummerfun2022 for a full overview of the camps offered and how to register. To learn more about the Union County 4-H Summer Fun Program or ways to get involved in Union County 4-H, contact the local 4-H Office at 704.283.3740 or 704.283.3735 or visit our website https://union.ces.ncsu.edu/ under 4-H Youth Development.
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