CARLISLE, Pa. — While the format of programs has changed greatly over the last several months, Franklin County 4-H is adapting well to this change. We are exploring new ways to connect with youth and provide hands-on learning experiences that embrace the 4-H slogan, “Learn By Doing.” Our virtual summer camps utilized “live” online educational content with independent, hands-on activities. These camps were very well received, and many families expressed that they appreciated the shorter time commitment that was required compared to our traditional 4-H clubs.
In response to this positive feedback and considering most programming will be in a virtual format as we head into the new program year, Franklin County 4-H will be adding Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs in the new 4-H program year that begins October 1, 2020. A SPIN Club focuses on one hobby or skill for 6 hours over just 2 months. Many SPIN Clubs will offer Project Kits containing most of the materials needed to complete the project. Families will be able to pick up these kits from the Penn State Extension – Franklin County Office.
Some of the SPIN Clubs that have been confirmed for this program year include: holiday ornament creations, website design, mixed media arts and crafts, woodworking, coding and computer programming, and more! Follow the Franklin County 4-H Facebook and Instagram pages at FranklinCoPA4H to get notified as registration information is available.
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, while working and learning with caring adults. If you have a special skill or hobby and are interested in offering your expertise to the youth of Franklin County, please contact Jess Howe at email@example.com or 717-263-9226.
–Jess Howe, Penn State Extension