The last seven weeks have been flown by for the Richmond County 4-H program! Over 100 youth from Richmond County participated in various camps offered this summer. Beginning with “Farm to Fork,” making a few stops at Millstone 4-H Camp and Betsy-Jenn 4-H Camp and ending with “Weird Science,” campers learned everything from riding a horse to chemical reactions.
4-H is a fun and educational program focusing on hands-on learning experiences. In order to reach this many youth, volunteers are instrumental. Richmond County 4-H would like to thank all of the volunteers associated with the “Summer Fun” program. Without the help of volunteers, many of these great activities would not be offered. Volunteers assist in planning, teaching and promoting 4-H events.
In addition to needing volunteers, money is also necessary to purchase supplies, snacks and provide scholarships to students who otherwise would not be able to attend. Richmond County 4-H is generously sponsored by the United Way of Richmond County, Rotary Club of Rockingham and the Farm Bureau. Through these contributions, each summer activity was offered at a fraction of the actual cost of the camp. In addition, 10 campers were able to attend overnight or day camp with a full scholarship.
Also during the summer, state presentation competitions are held in Raleigh on the campus of North Carolina State University. This year, Kristi Reep brought home a silver medal for her “Blueberry Crusted Pork Tenderloin” which she grilled on-site for judges. In addition to the delicious pork, Kristi garnished her dish with a blueberry corn salsa and finished it off with a refreshing blueberry lemonade. Also presenting in the state presentations were Coleman Berry with his informative talk “The Use of Antibiotics in Livestock”, DeLani Reep with her demonstration “How to Make a Thin Mint Bundt Cake”, and Tobey Lunceford with “Boating Safety.” Each member represented Richmond County very well.
At the conclusion of state presentations, Kristi Reep, DeLani Reep and Serenity Sturdivant represented Richmond County at the 2016 North Carolina 4-H Congress. This year’s 4-H
Congress, held in Raleigh July 16-19, attracted more than 540 young people and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. Richmond County 4-H members enjoy having the time to represent our great county and see friends from other parts of the state.
Summer may be over, but 4-H isn’t slowing down. Richmond County 4-H will be hosting a “Back to School” Movie Night on August 19th from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Parents can drop children aged 5-12 years old off for a night of pizza, popcorn, movies and board games.
Registration is $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. For more information about Movie Night or 4-H opportunities, call 910-997-8255 or email Alyson_hoffman@ncsu.edu. Also, don’t forget to check out all of our “Summer Fun” photos on on our Richmond County 4-H Facebook page.
Alyson Hoffman is the 4-H Youth Development Agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Richmond County.