4-H remedies summer blues

Monday, June 15, 2015

By ELEANOR C. HASENBECK

Staff Writer

There's no cure for the summer time blues, but the Butler County MU Extension Office is working to help kids manage them through its 4-H summer programs.

Every Monday afternoon, the Extension Office is offering a program that allows kids to get their hands a little dirty. From glue sticks to garden hoes, kids ages 5 to 18 can learn how to scrapbook, plant vegetables, even geocache.

These hands-on day programs all have one thing in common. They are projects that kids can participate in year-round as a member of a Butler County 4-H Club.

"We're just trying to increase awareness and interest in 4-H. These are all different projects they can do in the clubs," said Stephanie Milner, Butler County 4-H Youth Specialist.

Milner said there is a 4-H Club in every town in the county. Youth ages 5-18 can participate in projects like cake decorating, shooting sports or robotics. Members can join and start their own 4-H projects at any time.

4-H comes with its own set of perks. Members can participate in state events, and exhibit projects at district and state competitions. There are volunteer opportunities, summer camps and chances to connect with community leaders.

Milner predicts the summer programs will fill up quickly, and recommends that participants register a week in advance for programs they are interested in. Upcoming programs include geocaching, health and fitness, cake decorating, arts and crafts, and electricity. Summer programs take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through July 27. To register, contact the Butler County Extension office at 573-686-8064, or stop by their location at 222 N. Broadway Street in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Each program costs $5.

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