Cherokee County 4-H Youth Development Agent
Cherokee County 4-H stayed busy all summer! We continued to provide programming to the five Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate locations in Cherokee County. Programs included Healthy Lifestyles lessons, STEM activities, and Ag in the Classroom experiences for first through fifth grades. Our partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs is invaluable!
We also hosted day camps and workshops. Our first day camp of the summer was Nature Camp. It was offered to a total of 25 youth each Friday in June and covered a different topic each week. This year the topics included Watersheds, Birds, Aquatic Wildlife, and Tree Identification. The camp was hosted with the help of Duke Energy and Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation District. Each of the participants had fun and gained a greater appreciation for the natural resources in our county.
The Cloverbuds (ages 5 to 8) enjoyed a camp all to themselves as they learned about the opportunities 4-H has to offer. They had fun with STEM, Healthy Lifestyles, Natural Resources, and Community Service activities centered around a theme for each day of camp. The themes were Patriotism, Butterflies, and My Plate. At the end of the week, we were able to provide the residents at Palmetto Veterans Home in Gaffney with red, white, and blue cards thanking them for their service to our country.
One of our most successful day camps took place in July at the Cherokee County Institute for Innovation. The agriculture teachers partnered with 4-H to host an Animal Science Camp for 20 youth. Campers learned how to restrain animals safely, give injections, and bandage and suture wounds. We had special guests from Latti-moo’s Farm and the Humane Society of Cherokee County. The youth brought donations of food, bedding, and cleaning supplies to share with the animals at the Humane Society and made pumpkin dog treats and recycled t-shirt toys too!
The Summer Workshops for Tweens and Teens included planting succulents and basic sewing skills. The American Sewing Guild of the Upstate provided the supplies and expertise needed for the sewing workshop, while we continued our partnership with the Institute for Innovation for the succulent workshop. The youth that attended enjoyed learning new skills and developing a new hobby!
Community partnerships were the key to our summer successes! We appreciate all those who helped us make the best of Cherokee County better!
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