By Merrick Eagleton
Stillwater News Press
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Payne County 4-H put together a special day camp for kids Tuesday to learn about 4-H activities.
Kids didn’t have to be part of 4-H to participate in the Junior Roundup. Extension Educator Brenda Brantley said the camp's goal is to teach kids about the different 4-H activities available. She said this may promote their interest in 4-H if they are not already involved.
“Hopefully by the time they leave here today it’ll make them want to be more involved, more excited and want to join 4-H,” Brantley said.
Youth between the ages of 9 and 12 were able to experience different workshops led by older 4-H members. Some workshops were designed to entertain and others provided a learning experience.
“We like to do educational, but then we also like them to have fun and do some things they can take and enter into the fair in the fall,” Brantley said.
There were 33 participants this year but a few less workshops than in the past. Many of the older 4-H members and leaders have graduated.
After lunch, a group workshop was held about leadership by Brianna Brassfield, a summer intern at the extension office. The workshop will help prepare the participants to be workshop leaders in the future.
“I’m losing a lot of my leaders, and a lot of these kids here that are 12 years old today, they’re going to be here next year as leaders,” Brantley said. “It’s kind of a goal setting to teach them about the leadership stuff for next year.”
Sundaes and smoothies at the end of the day were not only a snack but also served as another educational element. Each part of the sundae represented the H in 4-H, and the smoothie was a healthy choice.
Other workshops included the Importance of immunizing pets by Lillie Snider, clownpuppets by Karen Weckler and beef by-products by Michael and Jacob Ames. Asher Corter led a workshop called I Spy 4-H, an art project that also incorporated the educational aspect. The workshop involved making a sand bottle with different items in it related to 4-H.
“He talks about what each of them represents and what each one of them means to 4-H,” Brantley said.
However, Junior Roundup was not only for the participants. It also benefited the volunteers who led the workshops. Preston Prock was a workshop leader for the 4th year. He held a crafting workshop, which pertains to his project area, performing arts.
“I like teaching kids things,” Prock said.
Prock is in the top three in the state for his record book project. Participating in events like Junior Roundup shows the judges his involvement with 4-H.
“When I do things like this it lets them know I’m serious about what I’m doing,” Prock said. “They can look at what I’ve done and see I’m a leader.”