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The sky’s the limit at 4-H camp where kids learn about life, the universe, and everything in between

boy looking into homemade paper rocket

These days, 4-H’ers are learning about STEM activities such as rocket science in this classroom in the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center.

Rocket science requires lots of high-tech instruments, but when you’re a young 4-H’er, there’s one thing that is essential to your airborne creation’s design.

“We’ve got stickers over here to decorate your rocket,” said Spencer Gee, 20, from Tazewell, Virginia, a camp counselor at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center outside of Front Royal.

Gee is teaching a Create, Innovate, Solve class where the kids are using nothing but PVC pipe, construction paper, Scotch tape, a 2-liter soda bottle, and, most importantly, their imaginations to make rockets and study the principles of physics.

“I love teaching this class,” said Gee. “I give open-ended directions, and the campers take the initiative to construct the rocket the way they want.”

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Virginia 4-H camping builds life skills

4-H campers and a camp counselor

4-Hers at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center learn about gardening, eating locally grown produce, and nutrition as part of camp.

Each year, more than 27,000 young people participate in 4-H camping programs at Virginia Cooperative Extension’s six 4-H educational centers.

Both residential and day camping programs have a rich history of providing educational programming to thousands of youth through hands-on, experiential learning. Read More