2024 Alexander 4-H Summer Opportunities

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Kids in the Kitchen:  Chopped
June 11th-13th

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.   Ages: 9-14 years old  Cost: $75.00

  • Food Safety
  • Knife Skills
  • Measuring
  • Meal planning

Participants will be trained the first two days on culinary skills to prepare them for the “chopped” competition on the last day. Similar to Chopped Show, participants will compete in teams of 4 for three rounds-no elimination. Each round will have a mystery basket with items that must be incorporated into their dish. Each dish is judged on appearance, taste, and creativity. Participants have access to items in the pantry list and the equipment available. Participants must plan and prepare a dish with basket items, and finish cleaning up their station within the allotted time.
Limited to 8 youth

Snack Attack
June 17th-18th
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.    Ages:  5-8 years old  Cost:$30.00
What better way to satisfy your young reader’s curiosity than combining food and literature? Cooking can help our young cloverbuds learn about math, science, art, and so much more. Combining food snacks with one of their favorite books reinforce the importance of reading all the while developing lasting life skills. Our young participants will be able to enjoy several stories focusing on foods and will conclude each story by making their own snacks from the story. Join us as we navigate the literature world and bring these tasty snacks to life. New recipes are offered every year.
Limited to 8 youth
Cloverbud Discovery
June 24th-27th

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Ages: 5-8 years old   Cost $75.00
Travel with Alexander 4-H as we “discover” fun things in NC for our Cloverbuds . Each day will be a different educational recreational activity, transportation provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension. Must bring bagged lunch daily.
Locations that will be visited are as follows:  

  • Monday- Grandfather Mtn
  • Tuesday- Lazy 5 Ranch
  • Wednesday- Catawba Science Center
  • Thursday- Tuttle Educational State Forest & Alexander County Courthouse Park splash pad/playground

Limited to 10 youth

Farm 2 Fork
July 8th-11th
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.   Ages: 9-14 years old    Cost: $70.00


  • Food Safety
  • Knife Skills
  • Measuring
  • Meal planning

Learn how food goes from the farm to your table. Participants will visit local farms daily and bring back what they picked to learn how to prepare it. Must bring a bag lunch daily.
Limited to 10 youth

Mad Scientist
July 15th-16th
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   Ages: 5-8 years old  Cost:  $30
Every wonder why bread rises? Or how to capture carbon dioxide with soap and water? Want to know how to write invisible secret messages? Using everyday materials that we can find around the house and in the kitchen, Mad Scientist Camp helps you explore some wild science experiments and understand why this happens. Learning through science experiments is a great way to help promote thinking and understanding rather than just memorization. Join us for this STEM filled camp that is sure to bring out your mad scientist side as we practice our aged old 4-H motto of “learn by doing”. New activities will be conducted this year.
Limited to 10 youth 
July 17th-18th
Time:  9 a.m.-2 p.m.     Ages:   9-12 years old       Cost:  $40.00

Come Participate in fun STEM activities. STEM stands for Science Technology,Engineering, and  Math. STEM activities provide hands on and minds on learning lessons for students. Making Math and science fun is a great way to learn and stay engaged. Activities will include Rockets,Battlebots,chemistry and more. Must bring a bag lunch daily.
Limited to 10 youth.

Intro to Sewing
July 22nd-24th
Time:  9 a.m.-12 p.m.    Ages:  8 years old and up    Cost: $25.00
Learn basic sewing skills such as machine threading and machine sewing. No sewing experience required. If you have your own sewing machine please plan to bring it with your own sewing machine.
Limited to 10 youth
Discovery Day Camp
July 29th-August 1st

Time:  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Ages:9-14 years old    Cost:$100.00 
Come join in the fun of 4 days of discovery.Each day participants will enjoy an education and recreational activity, and transportation will be provide from the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center.Participants must bring bag lunch and drink.

  • Monday- North Carolina Zoo
  • Tuesday – Rocky Face Park & Bethlehem Beach
  • Wednesday- Discovery Place
  • Thursday- Charlotte Motor Speedway & Lake Norman State Park

Limited to 10 youth

August 5th-9th

(August 5-7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
(August 8-9 arrive at 9 a.m. on August 8 for overnight returning by 3 p.m. on Friday)
Ages:  10-14 years old  Cost:  $115
Participants of this camp will learn about water and the animals that live inside of its ecosystem. You will get wet! We will work with a NCWRC Biologist to conduct surveys including electrofishing and macro invertebrate I.D. We will also enjoy a canoe trip down John’s River as well as a river tubing trip down the New River and an overnight camping trip. Transportation will be provided, and participants must bring a lunch Monday – Thursday. Food for overnight portion will be covered. 
Limited to 10 participants

Each participant will have to enroll in 4-H Online to participate in the Summer Opportunities. This will not be optional.

If you have a need for any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Alexander County Cooperative Extension at 828-632-3125 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at least two weeks before the 1st day of camp.

To register please fill out the 2024 Summer Opportunities brochure and mail to the Alexander 4-H Office at 151 West Main Avenue-Suite 2, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

 A 50% deposit is required at registration to hold the space. If you must cancel a refund can, be given if the space is filled. Payment is accepted by cash or check (made payable to Alexander County).

 For more information regarding the

2024 Alexander County 4-H Summer Opportunities please contact:

DJ Salyer, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

828-632-3125 or email:  dj_salyer@ncsu.edu

Written By

Julie Campbell, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJulie CampbellCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Julie Email Julie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Alexander County Center
Updated on Mar 15, 2024
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