Summer Workshops & Camps

May 10, 2018

Babysitting Clinic Wraps Up

     The annual Burt County Extension sponsored Babysitting Clinic finished up last week in Oakland with up to 22 participates attending one or more sessions and 16 completing the entire series.

     While I planned and led the three sessions I brought in several experts to add to the information presented. Oakland Police Chief, Terry Poland discussed safety issues associated with staying babysitting as well as when to call 911. Registered Nurse, Sarah Gramke, discussed basic first aid techniques and when to call parents or professionals if there is a serious injury or illness.

    Katie Rieck took a step away from potty training her almost two year old to do a diapering demonstration on her for the group. She also shared feeding, care tips and allergy information for babies and toddlers and encouraged them to be truthful with the families they babysit.

Summer Workshops and Camps Planned!

The Burt County 4-H Council supports all the workshops/camps we offer our Burt County 4-H members by offering to pay half the cost of the workshop when it is in Burt County or in association with Burt County such as the Adventure Day Camp in West Point. Take advantage of your status as a Burt County 4-H member and attended as many workshops as you can to learn as many different things as possible at half price! (Prices listed are full price, but you’ll know what a good deal you get!)

These workshops are the ones happening the soonest, so I wanted to promote them as quickly as possible, so look for more opportunities next week!

It’s also not too late to join 4-H for this year if any of these activities sound GREAT for your family members too! Call 402-374-2929 for more information on joining or getting on the workshop lists.


Rockets for Beginners

Here’s an exciting workshop for 4-H members new to the rocket project.

A beginner Rocket Workshop Series for 4-H members ages 8 or over will be held:

Friday, May 25 from 9:00 am - noon and

Monday, May 29 from 9:00 am - noon

at the Oakland Craig High School Voc Ag Room in Oakland, with the official rocket launch workshop event set for July 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakland-Craig football field.

Enter the O-C High School from the west side of the school (not the Highway) and go up the stairs and immediately to your left.

The workshop is limited to the first 12 registered and the cost of the workshop is $25. Helping adults are welcomed! Sign up soon!

The workshop is set up so the 4-H members assemble their rocket and glue on the fins during the Friday session and then let it dry without being disturbed until the next session on Monday morning.

Expert Burt County 4-H Rocketeers, Layne Miller and Michael Bracht will be leading the workshops.

Participants will leave the workshop with a model rocket ready for launch. (Painting the rocket will not be done as the experts suggest getting the first three launches required for the county fair done before painting your rocket, however painting tips will be shared.)

The Launch workshop on July 2nd will show how to safely launch these rockets, estimate the height of flight, recovery, and how the Rocket Launch Contest works.

Call 402-374-2929 to get on the Rocket Workshop list!!


Sewing Workshops – Beginner and Intermediate

Things are falling into place at the last minute, but we have connections and are able to offer sewing workshops in the Tekamah-Herman FCS (Home Ec) room the week after Memorial Day before they start summer cleaning projects. Here’s the plan:

Intermediate Skills Sewing – Make elastic waistband shorts or lounging pants - Tuesday & Wednesday,

May 29 & 30 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. both days.

Beginning Sewing – Make a pillow and a hot pad – Thursday & Friday – May 31 and June 1 from 9-11 am both days.

Call the Extension Office for details on the fabric supplies you’ll need for either of these workshops. There will be no charge for the workshop, but you will need to bring supplies for either the pillow or the shorts. Our workshop planners are busy finishing up the school year, so call the Extension Office to sign up and get details. Friday, May 25 is the registration deadline so we know how many plan to attend and remember to enroll in the correct sewing projects so you can exhibit at the fair. Adult helpers are ALWAYS welcome at any workshops!


4-H Adventure Day Camp – Be prepared to have fun!

When & Where: Friday, June 8, West Point – Neligh Park

Ages: 8-11 years old by January 1, 2018

Registration Deadline: June 1

Registration Fee: $35.00 – includes a camp t-shirt!

Camper Check in: 7:45-8:00 a.m.

Camp ends: 3:30 p.m.

Bring: Bug Spray, water bottle, sun screen, extra set of clothes (if you don’t think you’ll dry) and life jacket if you have one. Wear clothes that can get dirty and old tennis shoes for canoeing.

Several of our activities this year would make great fair 4-H exhibits! If you would like to enter these projects in the county fair, make sure you enroll in Design Decisions by June 1. We will be making Ink-Dyed Tile Coasters, Wind Chime, and a Leaf Ornament.


Barn Quilts

     Each youth participant will draw a quilt block on a piece of 2' x 2' sign board and paint it according to a color scheme they design. They will also have the opportunity to use semi-gloss paints to paint a black border as a finishing step. This workshop will be presented on two, half days a week apart on Monday’s, June 11 and Thursday June 18th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the 4-H Kitchen on the fairgrounds in Oakland. Cost: $25 per youth, but Burt County 4-H members may attend for only $12.50 thanks to the 4-H Council’s support. Pre-registration required by June 1st.

4-H members should be enrolled in Design Decisions and/or Quilt Quest to exhibit at the fair.