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FVSU 4-H camp exposes participants to sciences and healthy living practices

Published: 06/17/2015 5:04PM
By: booner


(From left to right) Jacob Jones, 10; Justin Quainton, 11; Shelby Bandt, 11 and Ariel Williamson, 11 build bird feeders while participating in FVSU’s 4-H STEM Healthy Living Summer Day Camp June 4.

Making new friends, participating in hands-on activities and learning lifetime skills are a few activities 4-H Club participants from across Georgia can recall after a recent summer camp at Fort Valley State University. 

4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering six million young people in the U.S. in partnership with 110 universities. 4-H programs teach science, citizenship, healthy living, mentoring, entrepreneurship, leadership and life skills for youths ages 5-19. FVSU is one of 110 land-grant institutions that operates a 4-H Program through its Cooperative Extension Program.

During the month of June, FVSU’s 4-H Program held two one-week summer day camp sessions on campus. The camp called 4-H S.T.E.M. (science technology engineering and mathematics) Healthy Living Summer Day Camp drew more than 103 participants.

The first camp hosted more than 47 participants in fifth and sixth grades from June 1-5. The second enrolled more than 56 seventh and eighth-graders June 8-12. “The purpose of this camp is to teach youth about S.T.E.M and healthy living,” said Leslie Weaver, FVSU 4-H program coordinator. She added that by taking part in activities such as balancing checking accounts, preparing healthy meals and building bird feeders, students learn and use S.T.E.M. principles and healthy living habits. 

Shelby Bandt, 11, said she enjoyed numerous activities including how to shop for groceries, building and spray painting a bird feeder and horseback riding. Shelby, who wants to be a veterinarian, says she will tell her friends the camp is awesome and recommend they attend.

For more information about future FVSU 4-H activities, contact Leslie Weaver at 478-825-6955 or weaverl@fvsu.edu.