4-H program hosts day camps in July at county fairgrounds
Jefferson County Extension and Outreach Office held summer day camps during the month of July. Camps were held 10 days throughout the month, with a total of 249 kindergartners through sixth graders in attendance.
Each day of camp had its own theme, and campers participated in games, projects and activities that related to the theme.
Camps offered for kindergartners and first graders were: Animal Detectives; Bubblemania; and Blooming Buckets. The Animal Detectives day camp was the only camp not held on the fairgrounds. Instead, it was held at Jefferson County Park. Campers learned about wildlife, learned to identify wildlife tracks and hiked through the park. Campers attending Bubblemania spent a day playing with bubbles and water. Blooming Buckets was a day all about seeds and growing plants. Campers were able to make their own root observation kits and plant a gerber daisy to take home.
Camps for second and third graders were: Forces of Nature; Fizz, Bubble and Goo; and Digging Up Dinosaurs. Each camp was held twice so more children could attend. Each week, the Forces of Nature day campers were able to learn all about storms. The children built tornado tubes, cloud viewers and practiced making their own marshmallow towers that were strong enough to withstand windstorms. Fizz, Bubble and Goo was all about things that fizz, bubble and goo. Campers made goo and played with bubbles, but the highlight was exploding Diet Coke, using Mentos candies. Children attending the Digging Up Dinosaurs camp learned about dinosaurs and how fossils are formed.
One camp was offered for children in fourth thrugh sixth grades: Mad Scientist. Campers spent the day performing science experiments. Some of these experiments were Screaming Balloons, Jumping Coins, Anti-Gravity Water Experiment, Skewering a Balloon, Exploding Diet Coke and Banana DNA Extractions.
The camps were planned and organized by County Youth Coordinator Kaye Gilbert and Jefferson County summer assistant Courtney Taglauer, with help from office assistant Barb Kistler.
The camps relied on many volunteers to help with the activities each day. The volunteers were Jeremiah Baker, Josh Baker, Katlin Clemmons, Kerri Kistler, Kelly Lacey, Amber Manning, Emily Manning, Ashley Nelson, Hollie Nelson, Eileen Pickard, Devyn Redmann, Matthew Smith, Drew Stever, Gavin Stever, Mitchell Taglauer and Delanie Vorhies.
For information about Jefferson County 4-H or Clover Kids, contact the Jefferson County Extension & Outreach Office, 472-4166 or www.extension.iastate.edu/jefferson/4h.