Media Release

Alachua County 4-H Offers Hands-On Summer Day Camps

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 1:00 AM

Alachua County 4-H is offering educational, hands-on based day camps this summer in a variety of project areas:

Summer Jams and Tees
June 6, 7, 8, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ages: 8+ as of 9/1/05
Cost: $8.00
Register by May 30
Sew up a pair of jams (shorts) and decorate a tee shirt to match. Bring fabric for jams and a coordinating solid color tee shirt. Bring a sewing machine, if you have one.

Interesting Insects
June 6, 7, 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Ages: 8+ as of 9/1/05
Cost: $20.00
Register by May 30
Attracting, identifying, proper collecting and mounting of insects will be taught. Butterfly id and data collection methods will be practiced. Youth will receive the draft Project Butterfly WINGS project book to use and critique and will learn how to use the WINGS website to record their data.

Junior Master Gardeners
June 19-23, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Ages: 5-7 as of 9/1/05
Cost: $20.00
Register by June 12
Using literature as a springboard, children will learn about plant parts, propagation, insects, what plants need to grow, and much more.

Discovering 4-H
June 19-23, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ages: 5-7 as of 9/1/05
Cost: $20.00
Register by June 12
(Children attending the morning and afternoon day camps will have lunch coverage between noon and 1:00 p.m. with supervised outside play time.) Various hands on activities, indoor and outdoor, will introduce children to the many projects available in 4-H.

Junior Master Gardeners
June 26-30, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-10 as of 9/1/05
Cost: $20.00
Register by June 19
JMG participants will expand their knowledge of plants and ecology through hands-on learning activities.

City Slickers Adventures
June 20, 21, 22, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Ages: 10+ as of 9/1/05
Cost: $5.00
Register by June 13
Horses, cows, and more. Experience Alachua County’s rural side up close and personal with guides Gary Brinen and Cindy Sanders.

Crafty Girls Sleepover
July 7, 6:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Sat.
Ages: 8+, female adults welcome also
Cost: $ TBA (under $30) (pay at sleepover)
Register by July 1
Girls get together for games, crafts, food and fun. Dinner, snack, and breakfast will be prepared by the girls. Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, change of clothes, and personal items.

Where does your water come from?
July 11, 12, 13 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ages 11-13 as of 9/1/05
Cost: $10.00
Register by July 3
Florida has plenty of clean water, right? Find out for yourself--and take action to tell others what you find out. Visit sink holes, evaluate creek water, mark storm drains, and more.

Fashion Revue Summer Workshop I
July 31, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and August 1, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Ages: 8+
Cost: $3.00
Register by July 24
Come and learn about the 4-H Fashion Revue Contests! The 2 Fashion Revue contests are: “Clothing Selection” for the non-sewer and “Clothing Construction” for the sewer.
Topics include:

  • How to make the most with your body type
  • What colors look best on you
  • Accessorizing & dressing on a budget
  • Modesty is beautiful
  • What the judges look for
  • Modeling techniques and how to walk a runway

Fashion Revue Summer Workshop II
August 1, noon-till finished, August 2, 3, 4, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $7.00
For the sewing participant, the workshop continues on with a Tuesday afternoon trip to JoAnn’s for each participant to buy their pattern, material and notions. Once each one is done, they are free to go home for the day.

Wednesday through Friday, the participants will have the opportunity to start sewing their new clothing choice. They will learn the basics from reading patterns and cutting out their patterns to hemming and sewing on buttons and zippers, as time allows. All levels of sewers are encouraged to come, as advanced adult sewers will be there to instruct.

Parents are encouraged to attend, as they can continue the learning process for their sewer at home. If you have a sewing machine, please bring it.

4-H Sportfishing 101
August 9, 10, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 11th 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
Ages: 10+ as of 9/1/05
Register by: August 1

  • Day 1 will focus on fish identification, casting skills, jig making and water resources.
  • Day 2 will be a trip to UF’s Aquatic Center for macro invertebrate identification and catch and release fishing.
  • Day 3 will be a trip to Cedar Key for an offshore fishing trip with Levy County 4-H leader and boat captain Albert Fuller.

To register for any of the day camps, send in the registration form. To request a registration form, contact Lorraine S. Williams, Alachua County 4-H Program Coordinator, at (352) 955-2402 or

For persons requiring special accommodations to 4-H activities, please contact Bill Heltemes at (352) 955-2402 or TDD/TYY (352) 955-2406. Please call at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Upon request, for persons with print-related disabilities, this information is available in alternate formats.

4-H is for youth ages 5-18. Membership is open to all youth regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, handicap or geographic location within Alachua County.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).