This summer things have been different for NC 4-H and 4-H programs around the world. We’ve transitioned Summer Fun workshops online and NC 4-H Congress was completely virtual. While we’ve all felt sadness that these programs that have been enjoyed for over a hundred years were so different this year, we take our 4-H Pledge seriously.
Our 4-H’s represent Head, Heart, Health, and Hands. We continue to take the health of our 4-Hers, our communities, and our world seriously, which is why our in-person programs haven’t started back yet. That doesn’t mean we are going to forgo all 4-H Fun! While we may continue to have to do 4-H Virtually we can still have some of our favorite programs.
Coming back this fall is one of my absolute favorite programs. Book Explorers is a program we started last summer that carried into the fall and spring until the COVID-19 shutdown. Last summer we traveled to In Poland we learned all about Warsaw the capital of Poland, children had the opportunity to try a Polish dish of open-faced sandwiches with peas and eggs on top, and got to try their hand at creating their own piece of art following the traditional folk art of Polish paper cutting called Wycinanki. It was a lot of fun decorating our paper art roosters with colorful patterns. On our next adventure, we jetted off to Cambodia where we learned how they celebrate Chinese New Year, met the animals of the zodiac, made our own lanterns, and enjoyed a traditional Cambodian dish of sweet dumplings. Did you know they fill their dumplings with sesame seeds? They do, and it is tasty good!
Even after those two adventures we were eager for more and hopped over to Puerto Rico! Puerto Rico abounds with colorful streets and some of those same streets even have blue cobblestones. We explored the fortress of San Cristobal, listened to Puerto Rican salsa music, and even made our own maracas so we could keep on dancing with an authentic twist. Then we enjoyed fried plantains with cinnamon sugar. It was de-lic-ious! Our adventures keep getting better! Then we spun our globe and landed in Nigeria. We learned about the different ethnic groups that live there including the Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. We learned about geles, and ate some tasty akaras. Then we got creative using cassava flour paste to make designs for our adire fabric dyeing. Our last Book Explorers took us to London where we followed the Queen’s hat from Buckingham Palace across London to Kensington Gardens where a visitor told us all about the London Eye and the Ravens at the Tower of London; then joined us for Afternoon Tea.
We had many other adventures and this fall we have another exciting lineup. First, we will be going to Spain! Where we will get to learn all about Barcelona, what football is in Spain, and see some incredible art. Then we’re off to Brazil, Thailand, and Denmark. You may be asking how we are going to read together, do crafts, and enjoy snacks from around the world if we are still meeting virtualy.
Well, we can. Registration for Fall Book Explorers will open this week. Once you have registered you will have access to the web portal for that month’s book explorers, and be given a pickup date for your book explorers kit. Each kit will have everything you need to complete the craft, geography game, and snack.
If you are interested in participating or learning more about any of these programs, follow us on social media for real-time updates or give our office a call 252-745-4121. To register for these or any 4-H program, check out our website: pamlico.ces.edu. All registrations are done online. Our first Book Explorers will be in September and we will be going to Spain. We will also have a series of fall science workshops, stay tuned for a complete fall schedule, and to learn about our COVID 19 contingency plans to ensure that even if we can’t be together we will be able to continue our workshops. We will ensure that registered participants are able to complete our adventures and challenges even in their own homes. If you are interested in our Fall Fun Programs or want to learn more about the 4-H Program in Pamlico County contact Kait Neeland at (252) 745-4121, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or check us out online at pamlico.ces.ncsu.edu. Don’t FORGET to REGISTER, spaces will fill up!!