Okaloosa County 4-H has been very busy so far this summer and we have many more opportunities available to youths in our community.
Do you have an interest in joining 4-H but do not know what to expect? Register for one of the following day camps to explore all the areas in which 4-H can make the best better.
Explore 4-H Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19, Okaloosa County Extension Office, 3098 Airport Road, Crestview. During this day camp, we will experience just a few of the over 55 different project areas available to members. We will dive into consumer science, healthy living, green energy, and even a little robotics; all the while focusing on developing youth leadership and communication skills. Youths ages 8-12 years old are welcome to register for this day camp. The cost is $10 per participant and is limited to 25 people.
Wild About Deer and Food Plot Day Camp, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., date to be announced, Okaloosa County Extension Office: This day camp is separated into two main events. The morning will focus on proper deer processing and sausage making skills. Then, we will learn about nutritional needs of wildlife and plants that can meet those needs by visiting a local food plot. The camp is open to 30 youths 8-18 years of age and costs $10 to attend.The cost to participate as a family is $25.
Living On My Own Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25, Okaloosa County Extension Office: This is a budgeting workshop for our older youths ages 12-18. It will guide participants through the world of savings and living on a fixed income. It will teach youths how to balance life with expenses and still have enough funds to enjoy the money they earn. The cost for this event is $10 and it has a limit of 25 participants.
Outdoor Adventures Day Camp, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 27, Okaloosa County Extension Office: This day camp will be a fun and eventful day. We will walk the Okaloosa County Extension Office’s Native Habitat Trail and identify trees and plants. Then we will make animals tracks out of plaster and study specifically how to identify and track animals. We will also have other fun opportunities during the day to explore leaf printing, scat identification, and even dissect owl pellets. This event is open to ages 8-18 years old and costs $15 to participate. There is a limit of 25 participants for this event.
Lunch is included in the price for each day camp. Contact Veronica Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office, 689-5850, if you are interested in signing up for a day camp or just interested in joining 4-H.
We are also always looking for individuals willing to donate their time to become club leaders or start new 4-H clubs. Visit our website, http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/4hy, for more information.
Veronica Graham is an agent at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension office in Crestview.