4-H offers summer programs from science to sewing


Moody County 4-H will offer summer programs that will focus on science, imagination and decision making.

The idea is to combine learning and fun, said Allyssa Sims, youth program adviser. “They’re really active and hands on by applying science concepts and other STEM concepts to fun activities,” she said.

On May 31, 4-H members can learn how to judge and participate in a skill-a-thon contest by judging livestock, horses, consumer decision making and horticulture. The event from 1 to 4:30 p.m. is free, but registration is required by May 24 and the class size is limited to 20.

Other summer learning events include:

  • Pirate science day camp is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 for those who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Cost is $10 and registration is due May 31.
  • A class for exploring youth-in-action events such as special foods, fashion revue and public presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14. Registration is free by June 7.
  • Food science day camp will include making cheese, food safety and experimenting with food. It is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28 for those who have finished kindergarten through fifth grade. Cost is $10 and registration is due by June 21.
  • A sewing day will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 10 with 4-Hers creating either a bag, a pillowcase or table runner. Anyone ages 8 and older can participate. Cost is $10 with a registration deadline of July 3.
  • Harry Potter day camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12 for those who have completed second through sixth grade. Cost is $10 by the July 5 registration deadline.
  • Scientist training day camp is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 for those who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. The day will include experiments with everyday items. Cost is $10 with a registration deadline of July 12.

In addition, a summer Cloverbud program for 4-Hers ages 5 to 7 will be 10 a.m. to noon May 29, June 12 and July 5 in Flandreau and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. those same dates at the Dell Rapids city park shelter. The final meeting will be 2:30 p.m. July 27 at the county fair.

The program is free, but registration is required by May 22 and it is limited to the first 15 children in each time slot.

All of the Flandreau events will be held at the Moody County Extension Office. Some of the programs will have participants bring a bag lunch that doesn’t require refrigeration.

To participate in these programs or to be in 4-H in time for the fair, members need to register online by May 31. Call 997-2469 with questions or for help or email [email protected]

So far, more than 165 youth have joined 4-H in Moody County this year.


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