Wayne County 4-H is gearing up for another full lineup of summer camps for children and youth.
Registrations are being accepted for the camps, which offer limited capacity this year. The camps are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Wayne County 4-H office is located at the Maxwell Center, 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive, in Suite B. The office can be reached at 919-731-1527.
Campers and 4-H staff will be required to wear a mask for the entire camp, and campers will be seated 6 feet apart. Staff will also follow federal guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.
Registration to secure a spot in one of the camps can be completed online at https://v2.4honline.com. Fees will need to be paid by cash or check in person at the 4-H office. Fees are nonrefundable.
The camps will be at the Maxwell Center, in Suite B, the N.C. Cooperative Extension office building.
Camps for ages 5 through 8• All About Nature: June 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limit 15 campers, ages 6-8. Cost $45. The camp features curious creatures that may be encountered outdoors. Children will learn about worms, start a few seeds, transplant a plant to take home and make a dirt cup. The camp includes a visit to Stoney Creek Park to go on a bug hunt and a nature scavenger hunt. Bring a snack.
• Madd Scientist: July 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limit 15 campers, ages 6-8. Cost $45. Madd scientists are welcome to attend as they will be conducting all types of science experiments and learning about the way their body works. Campers will also take a step back into the land of dinosaurs and make a dinosaur egg. Children will create a Lego balloon car. Bring a snack.
• Locally Delicious Kids Edition: June 25, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30 and Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Limit 10 campers, ages 5-7. Cost is $5 per session. Campers will walk to the Farmers Market and shop for a special fruit or veggie. Children will craft, sing, play games, taste a healthy treat and explore different fruits and vegetables each Friday. Register for each session separately.
• Snack Time with The Very Hungry Caterpillar: July 7 or Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Limit 10 campers, ages 5-7. Cost is $5 for each session. The camp provides an adventure with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Campers will make healthy treats and learn how the caterpillar became a butterfly. Choose from only one of the dates. Bring a snack.
Camps for ages 9 and 10• Blast Into Space: June 29-July 1 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limit 15 campers, ages 9-10. Cost $45. Blast into Space is for any future astronauts who want to build rockets, explore Mars, make a solar car and create a solar oven. Bring a snack.
• Back to Nature: July 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limit 15 campers, ages 9-10. Cost $45. Back to Nature will get kids outside by visiting the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Campers will learn all about the water cycle and how we affect our environment and what we can do to preserve it. Campers will also make a recycled craft. Bring a snack.
• Cooking Together: July 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4:30 p.m. Limit three adults and no more than two children per adult per class. Ages 5-10. Cost $15 per family. The camp involves cooking a healthy dish with your child.
Camps for ages 11 and 12• Life’s A Game: July 13-15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limit 15 campers, ages 11-12. Cost $45. Do you think you are ready for a real life challenge? Join the fun in learning a few life skills like the basics of sewing and crafting. You will get a taste of being all grown up with your own car, house and the bills to make it work. Bring a snack.
• Savvy Science: Aug. 3-5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limit 15 campers, ages 11-12. Youth will think out of the box to create electricity with a potato and make a lamp from a soda can. Campers will grow bacteria and extract DNA. They will use their design skills to build and test a catapult and zipline. They will also create a self-sustainable ecosystem to take home. Bring a snack.
Other camps• Sumo Bots: June 9-10 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limit 15 campers, ages 13 and older. Cost $15. Apply the design process while you work in a team to design and build a cardboard robot that will compete in a double elimination sumo match. All materials and tools will be provided. Safety points: Participants must wear shoes that cover toes and heels with no holes. Hair must be tied back or under a cap or hat. Campers should not wear any dangling clothing or items such as cords, jewelry or scarves. Bring a snack.
• Aloha Safari Zoo: June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Limit 20 campers, ages 9-12. Cost $20. Lions! Tigers! And Bears! Go on an adventure to Cameron to the Aloha Safari Zoo. The Aloha Safari’s mission is to create a loving home for unwanted, mistreated and injured animals. Campers will feed the giraffe, go on a safari tour and visit the reptile room. Campers will leave promptly at 10 a.m. Bring a bag lunch.
• Under the Sea: July 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limit 20 campers. Cost $15. Campers will travel to Southport and take a ferry ride to Fort Fisher and visit the N.C. Aquarium. Campers will leave promptly at 8 a.m. Bring a bag lunch.
Virtual camps• Now You’re Cooking: June 7 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. No cost. Ages 11-12. Available on Zoom. Campers’ knowledge of cooking will be tested, they will play a game and prepare a recipe to cook. Check out what ingredients you’ll need for each session at https://go.ncsu.edu/now-youre-cooking.
• Teens Cook: June 21, July 16 and July 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. No cost. Ages 13 and older. Available on Zoom. Campers will learn about customs and traditions, make a craft, prepare a recipe and travel virtually to three different countries. Participants will need to purchase supplies. Check out the ingredients you’ll need for each session at https://go.ncsu.edu/teens-cook.
• Let Me Cook: July 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No cost. Ages 10 and older. Available on Zoom. Are you tired of the same old meals? Show your family your kitchen skills by learning basic cooking tips and tricks that will make you feel like a chef. A supply list will be sent in advance. Register at https://go.ncsu.edu/letmecookregistration.
• Snack Attack: July 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. No cost. Ages 6-8. Snack Attack will help campers expand their cooking knowledge, play a game and prepare a recipe to cook along with others during the camp. Check out what ingredients you will need for each session at https://go.ncsu.edu/snack-attack.
• 4-H Food Fun: Aug. 2 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. No cost. Ages 6-8. Join in with 4-H Food Fun to learn the basics about cooking, play a game, and prepare a recipe with others during the camp. Check out what ingredients will be needed for each session at https://go.ncsu.edu/4h-food-fun.
• Stir it Up Baking Series: Aug. 2, 9 and 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No cost. Ages 10 and older. Each session will cover how to bake something delicious. A supply list will be sent in advance. Register at https://go.ncsu.edu/stiritupregistration.