4-H 2015 Summer Fun Details

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4-H Summer Fun programs run through June until August for youth ages 5-18.
Join us this summer for our abundance of exciting programs!
All events listed to take place at the Armory will be located at:
1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Registration information and other specifics are posted below.
All workshops/field trips will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Please complete a 4-H Youth Enrollment Form and 4-H Medical Release for each child you will be registering.


Summer Fun Open House
When: June 17th, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Armory
Cost: FREE
Age(s): All ages (this is a family event)
Description: Kick off for Mecklenburg County 4-H Summer Fun! Fun for the whole family! Several make and take activities for the family. Learn about and register for 2015 Summer Fun workshops and programs. For those attending 4-H Summer Residential Camp, camp orientation will also be held in conjunction with this event.
Activities: Join us for flip flop fun, make D-I-Y recyclable paper pulp seed pots, and begin growing a basil seed germination necklace with summer planting instructions included! Register here. *Registration now CLOSED.

Lego Build Workshop
When: June 25th, 2015
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Armory
Cost: $5
Age(s): 5 – 9 years old
Description: Youth will explore building and construction through use of LEGO’s. LEGO games, build matches, and more fun will ensue! Registration limited to 18 youth. Register here. *Registration now CLOSED.

Field Trip to Reed Gold Mine
When: Friday, June 26th, 2015
Time: Meet to leave at 9:00a. Time at the mine: 10a-3p Pickup time: 3:30-4p
Where: Meet at Armory to depart & for pickup
Cost: $5/child (covers the cost to pan for gold); youth must bring bag lunch & bring extra money if they’d like to spend in the mine’s gift shop on site
Age(s): 5-18 years old
Description: Youth will get to tour the site of the first discovery of gold in the U.S. We will travel to Cabarrus County to Reed Gold Mine to tour the mine, browse the museum, and pan for gold. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on site so youth will need to bring bag lunch. Registration limited to 12 youth. Register here. *Registration now CLOSED.

*Does your family want to just meet us at the mine? Give us a call and let us know.

Who Killed Henry Ward?
:  June 29th – July 2nd, 2015
Time:  8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (meet at Armory to depart & for pickup)
Where: Iredell County Extension Center (Transportation will be provided)
Cost: $65 (cost includes lunch each day & a t-shirt)
Age(s): 9 – 13 years old
Description: A murder mystery forensics program, based on the real-life hit-and-run murder of Dr. Henry Ward, who founded Ward Scientific. Beyond that true fact, the rest of the program is fictitious. This program allows youth to get a glimpse in the life of a real Crime Scene Investigator, including, 7 labs:  hair analysis, fingerprinting, impression analysis, blood typing, blood spatter and blood drop, bone, and DNA analysis. Registration is limited to 10 youth by June 28th, 2015. Register here. *Registration now CLOSED.

4-H Explorers
When: July 9th, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Armory
Cost: $3
Age(s): 5 – 12 years old
Description: Calling all 4-H  Explorers! Youth explore nature that exists around them. Youth will also learn how to be fit in nature. Other activities include a scavenger hunt, fun fitness, and nature hike! Registration limited to 18 youth. Register here*Registration now CLOSED.

Cake Chemistry
When: July 14th, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Armory
Cost: $5
Age(s): 12 – 17 years old
Description: What are the ingredients in a recipe that cause a cake to rise? Is the same gas produced when using baking powder, baking soda, or yeast? These are questions youth pursue in this exploration while, at the same time, they get to eat their experiments and gain some sense of the chemical properties of materials. Registration limited to 18 youth. Register here*Registration now CLOSED.

Summer Reading Program
When: July 16th, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Sugar Creek Library
Cost: FREE
Age(s): 5 – 11 years old
Description:  “Every Hero has a Story”   I   Topic: Pollution
4-H volunteer and Extension Master Gardener, Lisa Palmer to read a fun Dr. Seuss story and discuss pollution and it’s effects. Youth will learn more about how they can be environmental heroes and to be agents of change in the fight against pollution through a Project Learning Tree activity! Event CLOSED.

NCA&T Robotics/Engineering Workshop
When: July 16th – 17th, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Meet at Armory to depart & for pickup
Where: Gaston County Extension (Transportation provided)
Cost: FREE
Age(s): 8 – 12 years old
Description: Participants will build a basic robot and complete several programming challenges including drawing geometric shapes, and playing mini-golf. This workshop will be led by NCA&T interns and 4-H volunteers. Registration limited to 10 youth per session. Register here*Registration now CLOSED.

4-H Residential Summer Camp
: July 26th – July 31st, 2015
Time: Departure/return times & detailed instructions will be provided at a later date to all registered campers
Where: Depart from Armory & travel to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center
Cost: $485 for a Traditional Camper (Ages 8-12) & $505 for a Trekker Camper (Ages 13-14). Deposit and paperwork deadlines will be provided soon.
*This includes ALL activities, meals, and a t-shirt during a week of camp.
Description: Youth ages 8 – 14 will travel to Reidsville, NC for a week long experience making new friends, swimming, doing crafts, team-building, shooting sports, hiking, and more. Youth will camp in a cabin with an indoor washroom. If you have any questions or concerns or would also like information regarding camp scholarships please contact 4-H Agent, Racquel McNeil via email at racquel_mcneil@ncsu.edu or via phone (704) 336-4014. To learn more about the 4-H residential camp program at Betsy Jeff Penn, please follow this link: Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Camping Center. Please follow the link provided for 2015 Registration forms: 2015 Camp Forms. For additional information, including a packing list, see hereIf you are interested in being a monetary camp sponsor which will afford youth the possibility of obtaining scholarships and/or the funds to go to camp, please visit our “Send a Kid to Camp” page. Thank you! Register here*Registration now CLOSED.

Backyards & Beyond (4-H Yoga in the Garden)
When: July 21st, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)
Where: Armory
Cost: $3
Age(s): 5 – 12 years old
Description: Youth explore nature that exists around them! Youth will become one with gardening and nature by participating in 4-H Yoga and learning some gardening exercises! It’s fitness in the field program. Registration limited to 15 youth. Register here. *Registration now CLOSED.

Seuss, Sleuths, & Seeds
When: July 28th, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Armory
Cost: $5
Age(s): 5 – 12 years old
Description: Youth will become hot house detectives, learn more about seeds and their world with Dr. Seuss, and create their own ‘Lorax’ pots. Registration limited to 15 youth. Register here. *Registration now CLOSED.

Mini Society
When: August 3-7, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Meet at Armory to depart & for pickup
Where: Gaston County Extension (Transportation provided)
Cost: $50 (lunch is not included – youth must pack a lunch)
Age(s): 9-13 years old
Description: Youth will create their own Mini‐Society and earn money through mini‐businesses they create! Youth will have the chance to name their own town, create a system for earning money, designing their money, apply for jobs, and they may even be mayor!! Participants have the chance to learn economic and business basics by creating a business and will buy and sell among themselves. The week ends with an auction where you get the chance to buy real items to take home using mini society dollars earned during the week. Register here. *Registration now CLOSED.

Homemade & Homegrown with Herbs
When: August 10th, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)
Where: Armory
Cost: $5
Age(s):  8 – 14 years old
Description: Youth will create a living seed necklace to start their own herb from seed and create a homemade sugar scrub using herbs, all while experimenting with and enjoying a herb infused beverage treat. Registration limited to 15 youth. Register here.

We will also be partnering with the following community based organizations to offer summer camp programming:

  • Beyond Today
  • Firm Foundations
  • The Quest Zone at Greater Providence Baptist Church
  • Philadelphia Presbyterian Church
  • Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
  • Project EMBRACE
  • Salvation Army – Center of Hope: Boys & Girls Club

Summer Volunteer Trainings:
Mecklenburg Park & Rec Staff Summer Fun Training
May 6th, 2015 – Youth Leader Training (geared towards homeschool youth)
Community Partners Summer Fun Training (May 5th & May 12th – Parts I & II)
Additional trainings to be announced…