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NMSU Extension to host Novice Day Camp for 4-H'ers in Roswell, Feb. 25

Do you want to create a sock puppet that can be donated to an area hospital? Want to learn the shocking truth about electricity? How about plant and nurture a flower garden? Then, "Lights, Cameras, 4-H!"

Group of children holding up crafts.
Children show off their artistic creations at a previous Novice Day Camp. NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service in Chaves County is hosting another 4-H camp Feb. 25 in Roswell. (Submitted photo)

New Mexico State University's Chaves County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a free Novice Day Camp Feb. 25 in Roswell to give youngsters and their parents a peek at all the projects and competitions they can be a part of if they join 4-H.

"We borrowed the idea for a day camp from Eddy County Extension," said Shannon Wooton, Extension home economist for Chaves County. "There are so many projects that the little ones can learn. This camp will give children a taste of what 4-H has to offer and give them a chance to start out their projects with a bang."

This year, 4-H is celebrating 100 years of helping youth "learn by doing." With more than 200 projects to choose from, including creative arts, health and nutrition, natural science, plants and animals, and communications, 4-H is sure to offer a project that meets the needs and interests of every young person.

At the day camp, novices will start out the day making yogurt parfaits and play ice breaker games with senior members of 4-H before moving into various workshops where they can work on such projects as arts and crafts, and gardening, and create a "Welcome to New Mexico" sign.

In the afternoon, parents and their children will learn about the different competitions 4-Hers can enter, such as Home Economics Bowl and Livestock Skill-A-Thon, as well public speaking skills and how to give a demonstration. There will also be a class for parents to learn the ins and outs of 4-H and give them an opportunity to ask questions about the program.

This is the third year Chaves County has held a day camp, Wooton said, and each year, they see more and more children signing up to participate.

"4-H offers an array of projects that can get the parents and their children involved together," Wooton said. "Through 4-H, children learn how to be better citizens of their communities. They gain life skills and learn about leadership and responsibility through hands-on projects."

The day camp will be held at Christ's Church, 2200 N. Sycamore Ave. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

For more information about the Novice Day Camp, and to reserve a space, or to sign up to be a member of 4-H, contact the Chaves County Extension Office at 575-622-3210. A detailed schedule of events will be mailed to participants after they have registered. This is at no cost to participants.