Registration for 4-H Virtual Summer Camp and Kits Now Available

Posted On June 26, 2020— Written By and last updated by

virtual camp logoEven though we are unable to continue with our in-person 4-H camps this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are bringing you the next best thing:  virtual camp and remote grab-and-go kits!  We’re excited to offer these educational learning opportunities during July and August, and thanks to the continued generous support of the United Way of Chatham County and Triangle Community Foundation, these educational kits will be offered to community members at no cost.

All youth between the ages of 5-18 (as of January 1, 2020) are invited to participate in these activities, regardless if they are currently enrolled in 4-H or not. We’ll have a great time covering a lot of topics this summer including agriculture, nutrition, STEM, crafts, water quality, and so much more! Some programs have been created in collaboration with other 4-H professionals across the state, and many other opportunities are offered by your 4-H crew right here in Chatham.

More information will be added throughout the month, so please be sure to check back for the latest updates!

CHATHAM COUNTY 4-H CAMPS & KITS:  Preferred registration for all camps and kits will occur by July 3. Registration will be open until the kit distribution date. Once registration has been completed, parents will be contacted and will receive a scheduled pick-up time to come by the Extension office to receive kits.

NC 4-H CAMPS:  Pre-registration for all virtual camps is required and registration dates vary; please see details below for more information.

Chatham County 4-H Grab-and-Go Camp Kits Available:

Week of July 5th

Summer Blast Rockets Kit: Learn about force and motion using this fun rocket launch activity kit! The kit includes everything you need to create a juice pouch stomp rocket and learn how gravity, force, and motion work. Enjoy blasting into summer with this engaging activity!

Ages: 5 -18

Cost:  FREE

Register online

Week of July 12th

Beginner’s Sewing Kit:  Do you want to learn the basic skills of sewing? If so, this camp kit is for you! Learn how to thread a needle and practice sewing on a button. You will be ready to work on projects around the house! 

Ages: 5 – 18

Cost:  FREE

Register online

Week of July 19th

Build a Can Lamp Kit: Do you enjoy building projects using recycled items around your house? Create your own lamp using a recycled tin can. You will receive a materials kit and a link to an instructional video showing you how to make this cool project on your own!

Ages: 13 – 18

Cost:  FREE

Register online

Weeks  of July 5 – August 31, 2020

Environmental Science: Investigating Water Quality

Do you like the outdoors? Do you wonder about the quality of water in a near-by creek or at your favorite place to fish? Join this environmental science program to assess the health of streams or rivers with your own test kit; explore their banks to discover the plants and critters who live there; take action to keep our waterways clean. Click the registration links for more details about this program and to select any or all of the four projects offered.

Project 1:Testing Water Registration for Project 1 

Project 2: Explore Riparian Buffers Registration for Project 2 details

Project 3: Pick it Up Registration for Project 3

Project 4: Keep it Clean Registration for Project 4

Ages:12 – 18

Cost: FREE

Chatham County 4-H Virtual Camp Sessions Available:

Week of July 13 – August 31

4-H Adventures Day Camp:  Join us for a series of videos featuring some of our local community members from Cooperative Extension, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Chatham Habitat for Humanity, Chatham Co. Solid Waste & Recycling, etc. as we learn about their professions and how their work helps individuals, the environment, and the greater community here in Chatham. Youth can view these videos at their own pace until August 31, 2020.

Ages:  5-12

Cost:  FREE

Register online

NC 4-H Virtual Camp Sessions Available:

Registration closes: July 6th Camp occurs: July 6-9

NC State University Horticultural Science Summer Institute:  While we might prefer climbing trees and propagating baby succulents in person, we are holding camp virtually this year from July 6th-9th. Camp includes a blend of two live events (a kick-off keynote and a closing program) in addition to pre-recorded videos and activities for you to do at home. Click here for the schedule and more details:  Online Program Schedule

Ages:  14-18

Cost:  FREE

Register online

Registration Closes August 15

Virtual content available until August 31

Back to the Basics: This virtual learning series will bring back some of the family and consumer sciences skills that many youth have lost touch with from sewing, cooking, table etiquette, baking, and financial management. For more information visit: FCS Virtual Summer Programming

Ages: 9-13

Cost: FREE

Register online

Registration Closes August 15

Virtual content available until August 31

Plant Geeks Unite: Join us for a virtual, summer, North Carolina 4-H Plant Science Adventure! In this self-guided exploration for 8-12 year-olds, we will dig into soils, marvel and grow plants with wild abandon and say hello to creeping, crawling, diving, and flying friends and so much more. Learn more at: Plant Science Virtual Summer Programming

Ages: 8-12

Cost: FREE

Register online

Registration Closes August 15

Virtual content available until August 31

STEM: Youth learn STEM from their kitchen to their backyard and everywhere in between. This camp covers topics including energy, kitchen science, and bugs. This self-paced virtual camp is perfect for kids of all ages who want to learn more about STEM. Learn more at: STEM Virtual Summer Programming

Age: 5-7, 8-10,11-14, and 13-18

Cost: FREE

Register online

Registration Closes August 15

Virtual content available until August 31

Log on to Leadership: Leadership requires a set of skills that allow a person to influence others in a positive way to achieve great things. 4-H members will have the opportunity to develop their time management, goal setting, conflict management, and public speaking skills so they can be better for their clubs, communities, country, and the world! Learn more at: Persona Development Virtual Summer Program

Ages: 13-18

Cost: FREE

Register online

Registration Closes August 15

Virtual content available until August 31

Down on the Farm: A fun learning experience to allow youth to learn about animals even if you aren’t raised on a farm. Youth will learn about where their food and byproducts come from. Youth will learn also about the companion animals that you can find in houses that aren’t on the farm. Learn more at Animal Science Virtual Summer Programming

Ages: 9-14

Cost: FREE

Register online

Registration Closes August 15

Virtual content available until August 31

Explore Outdoors: Explore Outdoors is a fun way to learn about the environment right in your own nature patch – farm, suburbs, or city – it all counts! You can meet scientists and add your discoveries to a real environmental science database! Read more at: Environmental S]cience Virtual Summer Programming

Ages: 8-13

Cost: FREE

Register online

Registration Closes August 15

Virtual content available until August 31

4-H Healthy Habits Family: This program encourages families to get involved in learning together! 4-H Healthy Habits Family is designed to guide a caregiver and their elementary-aged youth through fun and engaging garden-based activities. Learn more at Healthy Living Virtual Summer Programming

Ages: Families with elementary age youth

Cost: FREE

Register online

Registration Deadline:

June 29

Eggs and incubator are picked up June 30th and returned July 27-29

4-H Embryology Summer Fun: The 4-H Embryology Summer Fun program will provide youth an opportunity to learn more about poultry science and the incubation process. While this program is a virtual learning experience, up to fifty youth (North Carolina residents only) can secure an incubator and hatching eggs in order to have a more hands-on experience.

Ages: 5-18

Cost: Free

Register online