Savannah Valley District

4-H Cooking Camp

Meghan Barkley, 4-H Youth Development Agent – Beaufort County

Cooking Camp

Cooking may seem like a daunting task for youth ages 10-14.  Youth at the Beaufort County 4-H cooking camp chopped, minced, boiled, and used even more techniques to create recipes they could enjoy.  They made smoothies, Bolognese pasta, teriyaki chicken, and more.  Campers worked in small groups and were able to utilize teamwork to make recipes.

Local extension agents served as positive mentors as they taught youth their craft.  Chad Carter, Food Systems & Safety Associate from Charleston County, came to camp on the first day to teach about the various cooking methods.  He taught youth many important lessons on kitchen safety and using a knife properly.  Youth also learned measuring techniques and how to make a concise recipe.

Many of the campers this year had been to camp in prior years, and they were still able to learn new skills.  The real treat was campers asking for the recipe book to create the recipes at home and impress their families. 

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