A clear sign of the impending summer season usually happens inside homes across America around this time of the year.

It involves your family sitting down with a checkbook and calculator in one hand while the other hand searches the internet for summer activities. You have just realized that summer is almost here, and your kids need a fun, safe place to spend their time. Davidson County 4-H has spent the past few months putting together summer programs to help you fill that time in a fun and educational way – Summer Fun.

The 4-H does not believe in taking summers off. We are offering a huge variety of activities for our youth through June, July, and August. There will be adventurous trips and physical activities for the thrill seekers, scientific fun and experiments for the curious minds, career exploration, relaxed fun and much more. The 4-H believes in helping youth reach their full potential while learning valuable life skills. The summer programs we offer can do just that. While lounging through the summer sounds great to most people, we say make the most of your new found extra time. You never know which program or activity might spark a lifelong passion.

It’s also very important for young people to continue stimulating their minds during the months they are not in school. Parents worry about it and educators complain about it: kids can fall behind academically during the summer. Just because the school doors close does not mean opportunities for growth and learning have to. This has proven to be a major problem with youth today. According to the National Summer Learning Association, all young people experience learning losses, or the “summer slide” when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.

Research spanning over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer. Most students will lose about two months of grade level equivalency over the summer months. Without ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills, kids fall behind on measures of academic achievement over this time period. Planning ahead and participating in our 4-H programs could be a major factor in how well your child does when they return to school. Most kids enjoy having a well-deserved break from school, but many are at risk of falling behind. You can encourage your child to learn this summer in fun ways, with the opportunities offered by Davidson County 4-H.

Martin Fischer, a famous professor of physiology, once said “All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” Research has found that interest is a more powerful predictor of future choices than prior achievement or demographic variables. It’s all about finding something your child may be interested in and we take pride in offering a wide variety of subject matter in our summer programming. Take a moment to look over our summer fun brochure and see if any of our programs would be of interest to your child. They will not just have a fun, safe place to spend their time, but a variety of places to learn, grow, and stretch their mind.

4-H is open to all Davidson County youth aged 5-18. For more information contact Matt Barber at [3360 242-2080 or matthew_barber@ncsu.edu.

Below are the programs tat will be offered this year.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m. May 31.

Take Me Out To the Ballgame: June 13, 10 a.m. Have you ever experienced a day at the ballpark? What better way to spend a beautiful summer day? We will be going to a Greensboro Grasshoppers game, joined by other 4-Hers from neighboring counties. Lunch and snacks will be provided at the ballpark. We also get a special “behind the scenes” tour of the stadium before the game. Cost: $15, ages: 9-18.

Living Smart and Healthy: June 14, 10 a.m. Come play at beautiful Finch Park while learning about health, fitness and nutrition! Pack a lunch and bring a water bottle. Please wear closed toed shoes for an awesome day of play with Coach Hattie! Cost: $5

Greensboro Science Center: June 18, 8 a.m. Spend the day exploring the wonderful Greensboro Science Center. From the aquarium to the zoo to the museum, there is something for everyone! Many hands on exhibits give visitors a chance to learn while having fun. We will meet at the Extension office and travel to Greensboro for the day. Included in this trip is a viewing of one of the center’s 4-D shows! Please bring money for lunch on site. Cost: $15 ages: 10–18.

Let’s Learn About Trees – Clover bud Master Gardener Camp, June 19–June 20, 9 a.m. –noon each day. Davidson County Horticulture Agent Ms. Kira and her team of Master Gardeners will share their wealth of knowledge about local trees and much more! This two day cloverbud camp includes lots of hands on activities, games and projects. Much of this camp will take place outside so please where appropriate clothing and shoes. Cost: $10, ages: 5-8

4-H Residential Summer Camp: June 24–June 29, all day/night. Back to the basics! Learn to become a more independent, adventurous and confident person. Enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming, ropes course, arts and crafts, sports and outdoor education. The classic overnight summer camp experience at one of the lowest prices in the state! *Contact Matt Barber, 4-H agent for price – Scholarships may be available. ages 8-14.

Painting 101 – Cloverbuds: June 25, 10 am. Cloverbuds are invited to come and learn the art of acrylic painting! Each participant will work step by step to create their masterpiece to take home. There is a possibility of getting messy in this one so please wear clothes you do not mind getting a little paint on. This class meets at Pick and Paint Pottery in downtown Lexington. Cost: $15, ages 5 – 8.

Painting 101: June 26, 10 am. Come learn tips and tricks to create beautiful pieces of acrylic paint art! Participants will get instruction from a professional and create a one of a kind piece to take home. This older class will get the opportunity to get creative and paint something to match their personality. Wear clothes you do not mind getting paint on. This class meets at Pick and Paint Pottery in downtown Lexington. Cost: $15, ages 9–18.

Hand building with Clay – Cloverbuds: June 27, am, 10 a.m. Want to create something with your own two hands? With slabs of clay each child will create their own distinct design of functional dinnerware. Each finished piece will be food safe, microwavable and dishwasher safe. Must wear old clothes as clay stains and they will be getting messy! This class will meet at Pick and Paint Pottery in downtown Lexington. Cost: $15, ages 5–8.

Hand building with Clay: June 28, 10 am. Want to create something with your own two hands? With slabs of clay each child will create their own distinct design of functional dinnerware. Each finished piece will be food safe, microwavable and dishwasher safe. Must wear old clothes as clay stains and they will be getting messy! This class will meet at Pick and Paint Pottery in downtown Lexington. Cost $15, ages 9–18.

Farm Animals: July 9, 9:00 am. Join long time 4-H Volunteer, Club Leader, and Farmer Mary Ruth Sheets as she teaches about life on the farm! Mrs. Sheets will have hands on activities and displays to show all about how farm animals live, what they eat and what they are used for. Participants will get a great opportunity to learn from a life-long farmer and ask any questions they may have! Meets at the Davidson County Extension Office. Cost: Free, ages 5–18.

Chef and a Child: July 11 – July 13, 9 a.m.–noon each day. Do you enjoy cooking and getting creative in the kitchen? This is the camp for you! Join Davidson County FCS Agent Jami Lawhon and Chef Don for a three day camp learning kitchen etiquette, proper equipment handling and cooking skills. This hands on camp is great for anyone with an interest in food and learning to become a better chef! Cost $10, ages 8–12.

Fun in the Forest: July 16, 9:00 am. Let’s go play in the woods! In this workshop you will be learning all about what forestry is! Learning how to identify trees, measure trees, cruise timber and what is it when they say forest stewardship. This will be a hands on day filled with outdoor adventures, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing like long pants and closed toed shoes. Please pack a lunch and bring a water bottle! Meets at Boone’s Cave Park. Cost $5, ages 5–18.

4-H Investigates: July 17–June 19, 8 a.m.–  p.m. each day. Would you like to learn more about solving crimes and the career opportunities? Well if so this is the program for you. Participants will become detectives to solve a mock “murder” mystery. Solve this crime by exploring various techniques including blood typing, forensic anthropology, fingerprint analysis, impression analysis of tires and shoes, hair analysis, blood spatter and DNA evidence. (Parents be advised that field trips may include places such as county jail and court house). Lunch each day, snacks and a t-shirt are included. Will be held in Caswell County this year. Price includes transportation, snacks, lunch each day and a t-shirt. Cost: $30, ages 11–14,

Goat Showmanship, July 27, 9 a.m. This class will consist of how to prepare for a goat show including bathing, grooming, training, etc. If you love animals and would like to learn more about what it takes to compete in Goat Showmanship this is the workshop for you. Will be plenty of opportunity to work hands on with goats at Jaden’s farm. Please dress appropriately (closed toed shoes) and bring bottled water! Meets at address listed above. Cost: 5.00, ages 5–18.

Creating Wood Burning Art: July 30, 9 a.m. Learn wood burning techniques to create art! This camp, taught by 4-Her Cassie Kyne, will teach the basics of using a wood burning tool to create artistic designs on a wood plaque and a wood box. Both of these projects can be entered in the local fairs. Meets at Pick and Paint Pottery in downtown Lexington. Cost $15, ages 9–18.

4-H Robotics: July 31–Aug 2, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, each day. $30. Robotics Camp is like no other you have ever been to! You will get a chance to use 3 different types of Robotics curriculum. Junk Drawer Robotics where you will build a catapult then you will move onto two more advanced robotics curricula where you get to build with Legos! We will be using the WeDo and EV3 Lego Kits. You will learn how to program your robots to move and complete a task using computer programming. Youth will gain an understanding in the basic science concepts related to robotics while building skills in science, technology and engineering. This program is for youth who love science and love to design things! Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Cost $30, ages 11- 14.

Exploring the Wide World of 4-H: Aug. 7–9, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily. Would you like to learn more about what 4-H offers? Through these 3 days you will get the chance to have hands on experiences with many of the opportunities that 4-H offers. Whether you like animals, cooking, woodworking, art or science – 4-H has something for you and you get to experience it all here. Meet other youth from other counties and learn more about 4-H events! This is one of the favorites of the summer! Lunch and snacks will be provided. Cost: $12, ages 10–18.