Learning How To Launch Rockets & Respect the American Flag Typical 4-H Fare

Posted: December 9, 2011

The 4-H program is all about people sharing, doing and learning together.

By participating in fun activities and exposing youth to new experiences, 4-H encourages positive choices, promotes higher self-esteem, supports academic achievement and introduces youth to exciting new ideas.

For example, in the New Kensington area, 27 children learned how to dye and spin wool and build and launch water bottle rockets. Penn State summer intern Jennifer Harrold also taught citizenship by showing the youngsters how to properly handle and raise the American flag. Moreover, youths were encouraged to live healthier lifestyles through exercise, monitoring their heart rate, and eating more fruits and vegetables.

Also at SW Regional 4-H camp, a four-day affair, 88 children practiced team-building, learned about agriculture and nature, while teen counselors led the youngsters in songs, games and hikes. The children also were taught about wildlife and how to make healthier choices with the drinks they consume. The campers followed the food chain from farmer to table.