Summer Fun: 4-H camps include educational components

Published 9:05 am Thursday, April 28, 2022

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Davie County 4-H is gearing up for the 2022 Summer Fun Camp series. Each camp allows youth ages 5-18 years old a chance to learn new skills and scientific knowledge through hands-on, fun activities.  Fifteen camps are available for youth covering a wide range of skills and activities.

Some returning camps: Junior Master Gardener Camp where youth learn gardening skills from Davie County Master Gardener volunteers; Junior Cooking where youth learn about basic cooking skills; Horse Camp where youth learn riding skills at Silver S. Ranch; and Firearm Safety and Skills where youth go to Tom Cowden Youth Shooting Sports to learn and improve firearm skills.

New camps: a Cloverbud STEAM Camp where youth K-2nd grade get to do some fun science experiments; Stitchin’ It Together cross-stitching camp; and an Anatomy Camp for middle and high school youth to learn about the inner workings of animals.

“One thing that sets our camps apart from other camp experiences is that they are education focused,” said Danny Lough, Davie 4-H agent. “Youth come to our camps to learn new skills that they can use later on in life.”

Davie 4-H tries to ensure all youth have an chance to learn these skills while keeping the camps affordable to families. This is where 4-H heavily relies on local partners and community members.

“Most of our leaders are volunteers or Cooperative Extension staff who have knowledge and skills in the areas they teach,” said Lough. “Our 4-H certified shooting instructors lead our shooting camps, our livestock agent leads our Farm to Table Camp, and our Master Gardener volunteers lead our Junior Master Gardener Camps.”

To assist in keeping costs of camps low and inclusive for all youth, local businesses and organizations have sponsored the camps: The Mebane Foundation, United Way of Davie County, Farm Bureau-Davie, Trailers of the East Coast, Mocksville Auto Pride Car Wash, Fuller Welding and Fabricators, The Art of Kevin S. Marion, Meg Brown Home Furnishings, and Fuller Architectures.

Several scholarships are available for at-risk youth or families in need of financial assistance.

Davie County 4-H Summer Fun Registration is open and runs until camps are filled. All youth attending Summer Fun must be Enrolled on 4-HOnline. To view the camps and to download a registration sheet, visit For questions about Summer Fun, reach out to Lough at (336) 753-6100 or