Only 5 DAYS left to Register for Summer Camps!

Hurry! Hurry! There are only 5 days left to sign-up for summer camps!  Registration deadline is JUNE 4th!!!!  4-H Summer Adventures summer camps are a fun, educational way to spend the summer!  Camps are low-cost and some are even free such as the Hunter Safety Education Course!  Now is the time to make the decision and see what 4-H is all about!

Camps Spots Available (First Come, First Serve):

  • Earth Science Adventures: 9
  • Sr. Surf Camp: 8  
  • ESI: Entrepreneur Investigation: 10      
  • Hunter Safety Education Course: 10 
  • Jr. Wildlife Gardener: 9   
  • Jr. Surf Camp: 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

For more information and registration forms:SummerAdventures_2012_Packet


4-H Dog Club Interest Meeting

Do you LOVE dogs?  Do you want to learn more about dogs?  If yes, then you may want to consider being part of the new 4-H dog club in Pender County!  The club leaders will be holding an interest meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 6:00-7:00pm at the agriculture building auditorium (801 S. Walker St. Burgaw, NC).

During the interest meeting you will be introduced to 4-H, the club leaders, other youth interested in joining, and what the dog club is going to be all about!  Come check it out and learn more about 4-H and why the 4-H dog club might be the perfect fit for you!  You do not have to own a dog to be interested- just a passion/interest for dogs and learning more about them!  Please help spread the word and we will see you there!

Pender County 4-H is the youth development program of the Pender County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, serving all Pender County youth, ages 5-18 (as of January 1).

Through 4-H, more than 235,000 young people in North Carolina learn new skills and serve their communities each year. 4-H offers clubs, special interest programs, summer camps, school enrichment and after-school child care. Guided by North Carolina Cooperative Extension educators and adult and teen volunteers, 4-H’ers gain knowledge, skills and experience that help them become responsible citizens and leaders.

For further questions please contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Extension Agent at 910-259-1235 or

Blueberry Festival Work Day

It is almost that time of year again in Burgaw!!  Yes, you got it, the North Carolina Blueberry Festival!  The 9th annual NC Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Historic Downtown Burgaw.  For more information about what you will find at the NC Blueberry Festival please visit their website at:

Pender County 4-H conducts an annual fundraiser at this main event every year.  This year will be no different as we tough out the hot, humid temperatures to raise a little money for the county 4-H program!  The funds raised will go to support the county 4-H program as well as provide scholarships for 4-H members to attend 4-H activities and events throughout the year.  We will be doing face-painting this year so come on out and support your local 4-H!

ATTENTION: 4-H members, volunteers, & parents                                       There will be a work day on Tuesday, May 29th from 5:00pm-6:00pm in the agriculture building auditorium.  Youth will be able to learn how to face paint and practice during this work day.  We will also be making new posters to be used at the festival.  The volunteer sign-up sheet will also be available to sign-up for shifts to work the blueberry festival.

3rd Grade Students Plant School Garden!

This year was a pilot testing year for our 4-H curriculum, Soil Solutions.  It was piloted at Cape Fear Elementary School (2 classrooms) and Malpass Corner Elementary School (2 classrooms).  Soil Solutions is developed for 3rd grade and aligns with the standard course of study.  Students learn about soil properties, soil and water relationships, soil and plant growth, seed germination, pollination, and composting.

The 3rd grade students at Malpass Corner Elementary School planted their very own garden while learning from the 4-H curriculum, Soil Solutions!  They grew tomato and corn plants from a seed, and were donated some cabbage plants ready to go in the soil!  Here are some photos of the school garden  back in late April!

2012 Summer Adventures- Summer Camps!

In the summer, Pender County 4-H provides an assortment of summer educational programs as a part of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service-Pender County Center. The programs are meant to provide a safe, fun and educational variety of program alternatives for children while they are out of school. All youth are invited to participate, regardless of whether they are members of 4-H or not. In order for registration to be complete, payment must be received. Cost covers the expense of the class. If classes are full and your money has not been received, your child may not be able to attend the class.

What is 4-H? 4-H is a non-profit youth organization that exists nationwide and statewide and is open to all youth ages 5-18. 4-H promotes hands-on learning, building of life skills, volunteerism and leadership and is free to join.

Registration and payment is due by June 4th!!!!!!

2012 Summer Adventures Registration Packet & Forms

Earth Science Adventures

This day camp is specifically designed for cloverbud age youth: 5-8 years old and is full of science and discovery!  On the first day youth will learn about pollution and recycling.  The second day will be all about habitats and wildlife.  From making rain to making a habitat, youth will have fun while they explore their world around them!  Snack will be provided!  Limit: 10 Youth

Date: June 18-19     Age: 5-8     Time: 8:00am-11:00am               Location: Agriculture Building Auditorium              Cost: $25

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Surf Camp (Teens)

Back by popular demand!  Join us and New Hanover County 4-H  for surfing lessons taught by instructors from Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School.  Learn how to surf and also about water safety, ocean conservation, and more!  Youth must be able to swim in the ocean.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the surf shop.  Please wear a bathing suit and bring sunscreen.  Limit: 10 Youth

Date: June 20    Age: 14-18     Time: 8:30-11:30am  Location: 50 South Surf Shop 302 South Topsail Drive Surf City, NC        Cost $40                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

ESI: Entrepreneurship Investigation

Want to discover the entrepreneur inside you?  Come join us and New Hanover County 4-H and learn what it takes to successfully start your own business!  From learning the basics, to dressing the part– you will receive all the tools you need to get started!  Participants will engage in hands-on activities, learn from guest speakers, and go on business tours!  Lunch and Snack will be provided each day (as well as a goody bag complete with t-shirt).  Limit: 10 Youth

Date: June 25-28     Age 12-18     Time: 8:30am-3:30pm              Location: Cooperative Extension: New Hanover Center (transportation provided from Burgaw each day)             Cost $80                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Hunter Safety Education Course

The Hunter Education Course includes information about hunter responsibility, wildlife conservation and management, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.  Youth will be taught by a certified instructor and NC wildlife officer and receive 10 hours of instruction.  A test will be given on the 2nd day to determine if the participants pass the course.  Please bring a bag lunch, #2 pencil, and paper for notes.  Youth must attend both days.  Limit: 15 Youth

Date: July 10-11    Age: 10-18    Time: 9:00am-3:00pm                      Location: Surf City Community Center: 201 Community Center Drive Surf City NC            Cost: Free                    


Jr. Wildlife Gardener

Come join us as we explore wildlife and gardening!  This camp is part of the Jr. Master Gardener program and upon completion, every youth participant will receive a certificate of achievement!  Youth will be engaged in hands-on learning that focuses around gardening basics, soil, wildlife, habitats, and more!  On the 3rd day, youth will be rewarded with a pizza party!  Please bring a bag lunch for the other 2 days.  Snacks will be provided.  Limit: 10 Youth

Date: July 24-26       Age 9-12      Time: 9:00am-3:00pm                 Location: Agriculture Building Auditorium        Cost:$45      


Jr. Surf Camp

Back by popular demand!  Join us and New Hanover County 4-H  for surfing lessons taught by instructors from Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School.  Learn how to surf and also about water safety, ocean conservation, and more!  Youth must be able to swim in the ocean.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the surf shop.  Please wear a bathing suit and bring sunscreen.  Limit: 10 Youth

Date: August 6        Age: 9-13       Time: 8:30am-11:30am                  Location: 50 South Surf Shop 302 South Topsail Drive Surf City, NC   Cost: $40                       


Saying Goodbye to 4-H International Exchange Student

May 16, 2012 marked the end of a 9 month exchange through the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) and States’ 4-H International Exchange Program.  The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program gives students (ages 15-17) the chance to live with a host family and attend a U.S. high school for a year.

Our exchange student, Anastasiya came to us from Ukraine on August 11, 2011 to live with a 4-H host family in Burgaw, NC.  What seemed like a long time, flew by quickly!  Anastasiya learned all about 4-H, Pender County, North Carolina, and the United States through her exchange.  She completed over 100 hours of volunteer work and participated in several 4-H teen leadership events.  She gained a lot of valuable experience during the exchange and was really sad to leave!  Anastasiya is the 2nd exchange student that Pender County 4-H has hosted, we also had a Japanese exchange student for 30 days during the summer of 2011.

All Bugged Out! *2nd Grade Science Day*

Today, 4-H Agent, Lauren Langley visited with Malpass Corner Elementary School’s 2nd grade classrooms for Science Day!  The lesson taught is from the 4-H curriculum for 2nd Grade titled, “Bug Out.”  Each lesson was an hour long and there were a total of 3 classrooms.  Students learned about insect characteristics, simple metamorphosis, and complete metamorphosis.  The photo below displays the life cycle of a butterfly, which is complete metamorphosis (4 stage life cycle).

Students were then able to make a life cycle wheel based off of the meal moth, which is complete metamorphosis, like the butterfly.  The wheel displays each stage: eggs, larva, pupa, and adult.  The students were able to express their artistic side by drawing the different stages!  Below are some photos of the completed life cycle wheels that the students made today!  Enjoy!

I can tell you one thing- Malpass Corner Elementary School’s 2nd grade students LOVE science and they LOVE 4-H!!!!