Youth Programs

2024 Summer Camps and Workshops

Check out the information below for details about our summer programs!

Summer Programs for Youth

Iowa State Extension and Outreach Greene County offers quality summer day camps and project workshops in our community. Registration begins April 1st for our 2024 summer camps. A limited number of spots are available for each camp.

What is a Project Workshop?  A project workshop is specifically for youth in 4-H or Clover Kids. The goal of this workshop is to explore a project area they can enter at the fair, create a project, and begin on the paperwork needed to enter this at the fair.

What is a Day Camp?  A day camp is open to any youth and does not need to be in 4-H or Clover Kids to participate. These are often full-day or half-day camps where youth do interactive, hands-on, and educational activities focused on the summer camp theme. 

Registration fees will vary per camp or workshop. This differs due to the needed supplies for each program. Participants should bring a lunch for each camp day unless instructed otherwise. Snacks and all activity supplies are included. We offer quality, affordable programs and don't want cost to be a barrier - financial assistance is available. Please contact our office with any questions.

Registration deadline is 1 week prior to camp date. Most camp dates fill quickly so don't delay in signing up! 

How to sign up You can sign up your youth by emailing hardaway@iastate.edu Please only email Samantha as camps fill up quickly and having time stamps on emails it allows us to fill up camps based on responses!

Please see below for descriptions of each camp!

Have Questions?

Our 4-H Staff is here to help!

Contact hardaway@iastate.edu or call 515-386-2138 and Samantha can help you! 

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2024 Greene County Summer Programs Flyer

2024 Program Schedule

Date Camp Type Grade (Completed) Time Location Cost
5.23.2024 Photography Project Workshop K-3 4-5:30 PM Extension Office Free
5.26.2024 Barrel Racing Clinic Project Workshop 4-12 9 AM-5 PM Fairgrounds $125
5.29.2024 Photography Project Workshop 4-8 4-6 PM Extension Office $5
5.30.2024 Photography Project Workshop K-12 4-6 PM Extension Office $5
5.30.2024 Babysitting Basics Day Camp 4-8 9 AM-3 PM Extension Office $25
6.3.2024 Art Adventures Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
6.4.2024 Visual Arts Project Workshop K-3 10 AM-Noon

Start: Art on the Fly

End: Extension Office

$25
6.4.2024 Visual Arts Project Workshop 4-8 1-3 PM

Start: Art on the Fly

End: Extension Office

$25
6.5.2024

Chef for a Day

Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
6.11.2024 Visual Arts Project Workshop K-12 1-3 PM

Start: Art on the Fly

End: Extension Office

$25
6.10.2024 Growing in the Garden Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
TBD Dog Grooming 101 Project Workshop K-12 TBD Fairgrounds Free
6.10.2024 Embroidery Project Workshop 4-12 10 AM-12:30 PM

Start: Warm Wishes

End: Extension Office

$10
6.12.2024 Outdoor Adventures Day Camp 4-8 10 AM-3:30 PM Extension Office (Springbrook Park, Transporation Provided) $20
6.17.2024 Vision Board Project Workshop K-3 10 AM-Noon

Start: Warm Wishes

End: Extension Office

$10
6.17.2024 Vision Board Project Workshop 4-8 1-3 PM

Start: Warm Wishes

End: Extension Office

$10
6.18.2024 $20 Challenge Project Workshop K-3 10-11:30 AM

Start: More Time

End: Extension Office

$20
6.18.2024 $20 Challenge Project Workshop 4-12 1-3 PM

Start: More Time

End: Extension Office

$20
6.19.2024 Sewing 101 Project Workshop 4-12 10 AM-11:30 AM Extension Office $5
6.19.2024 Sewing 101 Project Workshop 4-12 1-2:30 PM Extension Office $5
6.20.2024 Food and Nutrition Project Workshop 4-12 4-6:30 PM Career Academy $10
6.24.2024 Cake Decorating Project Workshop 3-12 1-2:30 PM Clover Hall $10
6.27.2024 Art Adventures Day Camp 4-8 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
6.28.2024 Ooey, Gooey, Science Day Camp K-3 9-11 AM Extension Office $10
7.1.2024 Summer Fun Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
7.2.2024 Woodworking Project Workshop 4-12 4-6 PM Career Academy Free
7.3.2024 Storytime STEM Day Camp K-3 9-10:30 AM Extension Office $5
7.8.2024 Floral Arranging Project Workshop K-12 2-4 PM

Start: Fudge's Flowers

End: Extension Office

$15
7.8.2024 Floral Arranging Project Workshop K-12 4-6 PM

Start: Fudge's Flowers

End: Extension Office

$15
7.17.2024 Art Adventures Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
7.19.2024 Ooey, Gooey, Science Day Camp 4-8 9-11 AM Extension Office $10
7.23.2024 Spa Day Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
7.25.2024 Up, Down, and Spin Around Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
8.6.2024 Storytime STEM Day Camp K-3 9-10:30 AM Extension Office $5
8.8.2024 Outdoor Adventures Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3:30 PM Extension Office $20
8.12.2024 Spa Day Day Camp 4-8 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
8.14.2024 Spy Camp Day Camp 4-8 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20
8.16.2024 NASA Astro Camp Day Camp 4-8 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $25
8.20.2024 Summer Fun Day Camp K-3 10 AM-3 PM Extension Office $20

 

Program FAQs

When is the registration fee due? The fee is due at the beginning of the camp. This can be paid by cash or check before the camp or when dropping your child off. 

Is lunch provided? To mitigate cost this year we are asking youth to pack their lunch. However, some camps have lunch included in the lesson. Parents will be emailed if they do NOT need to bring lunch to that camp! 1-2 snacks will be included in full-day camps.

What grade is used for sign-up? Please use the grade your child completed as of May 2024.

Is space limited? Yes, the number of spots in each camp is limited and these are on a first come first serve basis. This policy is in place to allow youth to have the most optimal and one-on-one learning experience for attendees. Several camps will be offered on more than one date to allow for more kids to sign up for this experience.

Where will the camps take place? All camps will be at the Greene County Extension Office (104 W Washington St.) unless otherwise noted. Oftentimes project workshop camps will have a different beginning and end location. Parents will be emailed these details. Some camps will require staff transportation. Parents will be made aware of this before the camp.  

Will parents get a reminder before camp? Yes, you will receive a reminder email with camp details one business day before the camp. Please be sure to check your email and contact Samantha if your child cannot make it. 

2024 Program Consents

When signing up for a Greene County Extension Program you are agreeing to the contests listed below. If you have any issues, questions, or concerns please reach out to hardaway@iastate.edu and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Behavior Statement

I give my child permission to attend the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Greene County program/event. However, I agree to pick up my child if the program leaders do not feel my child is abiding by the behavior expectations. Behavior expectations will be outlined at the start of the program and may include expectations such as following directions from program leaders, respecting the personal space and property of other participants, using appropriate language, etc.

Release of Liability

I give permission for my child (listed on the registration) to participate in the 4-H program. I understand that 4-H activities/events may involve certain risks of physical activity and possible injury and that Iowa State University and its 4-H program will provide each participant with reasonable care, but that ISU cannot guarantee that my child will remain free of injury. In addition, some 4-H projects including but not limited to: shooting sports, horse or livestock projects, water activities, and other sporting activities have a higher degree of risk. I nonetheless wish to have my child participate in the 4-H program and ASSUME the RISK of participating. I agree to RELEASE from LIABILITY, INDEMNIFY, and HOLD HARMLESS the State of Iowa, the Board of Regents of the State of Iowa, ISU and ISU Extension and their officers, employees, and agents (hereinafter the RELEASEES from any and all claim and/or cause of action arising out of and related to any injury, loss, penalties damage, settlement, costs or other expenses or liabilities that occur as a result of my child’s participation in the 4-H program.) This release, however, is not intended to release the above mentioned RELEASEES from liability arising out of their sole negligence.

Medical Release

The health history for my child is correct and complete to my knowledge. If an injury or other medical condition occurs or arises, I hereby give permission to the ISU Extension staff or volunteer to provide routine health care and seek emergency treatment including x-rays or routine tests. I agree to the release of any record necessary for treatment, referral, billing, or insurance purposes. I understand that I am financially responsible for charges and hereby guarantee full payment to the attending physicians or health care unit. In the event of an emergency where I cannot decide for my child, I give permission to the physician/hospital selected by the ISU Extension staff or volunteer to secure and administer treatment for my child, including hospitalization. (*If you cannot agree to this section for any reason, contact the County Extension Office for a participation waiver.)

Publicity

During this program, the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Program staff may take photographs, video, and/or tape recording of your child participating in the program. Signing the release statement on the program registration form gives us permission to use media of your child in any publication or promotional materials, in any medium now known or developed in the future without restrictions. If you object to ISU using your child’s image or voice in this manner, please notify the adult leader of the program.

*There may be additional forms needed based on activites at camps. Greene County Staff will contact you if these need to be filled out*

2024 Summer Day Camp Descriptions

Babysitting Basics

Come to learn about infant & young child care, child development, safety & first aid, and the business of babysitting. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of this course and have the knowledge and confidence to babysit. 

Event Dates:

May 30th (4th-8th)

Art Adventures

Create and Explore the world of art in several different medias. Youth will take home projects focused on design elements and learn how to get creative to design something independently!

Event Information: 

*All Art Adventures Camp are from 10 AM-3 PM and take place at Greene County Extension Office*

Event Dates:

June 3rd (K-3)

July 17th (K-3)

June 27th (4-8)

Chef for a Day

Youth will learn basic cooking and kitchen skills as they make their own snacks and meals. They will also explore healthy food options and participate in activities and games. Perfect for your growing Chef!

*Camp is from 10 AM-3 PM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office*

Event Dates:

June 5th (K-3)

Growing in the Garden

Youth have to opportunity to explore all things plants, gardening, and growing. This is a hands-on experience full of discovery and learning in a fun and interactive way.

*Camp is from 10 AM-3 PM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office*

Event Dates:

June 10th (K-3rd)

Outdoor Adventures (4-8)

Youth will explore the outdoors, shooting sports, kayaking, geo-tracking, and so much more! This engaging camp is designed for those looking for adventure in the great outdoors!

*This camp will take place at Spring Brook State Park. Youth will meet at the Greene County Extension Office and transportation will be provided to the park. This camp will take place from 10 AM-3:30 PM*

Event Dates:

Grades 4-8

June 12

Ooey, Gooey, Science

Get messy with science! Learn about physical and chemical reactions, why things happen, gravity, and more!

*Camp is from 9 AM-11 AM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office*

Event Dates:

June 28th (Grades K-3)

July 19th (Grades 4-8)

Summer Fun!

Enjoy some summer fun both inside and outside through interactive, hands-on activities. This is sure to be a lot of fun, and you might even make a splash!

*Camp is from 10 AM-3 PM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office*

Event Dates:

July 1 (K-3rd)

August 20 (K-3rd)

Storytime STEM

Explore the planet and moon as you adventure as an astronaut! Youth will read a book with different tasks and problems to solve. They will have to do this by programming their robot. This is a mini-camp full of math, science, and technology!

*Camp is from 9 AM-10:30 AM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office*

Event Dates:

July 3rd (K-3rd)

August 6th (K-3rd)

Spa Day

Spend some time relaxing and learning how to pamper yourself! Youth will learn how to create all of the spa day at-home essentials and learn how to relax at home!

*Camp is from 10 AM-3 PM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office*

Event Dates:

July 23rd (K-3rd)

August 12 (4th-8th)

Up, Down, Spin Around

Learn about how gravity is at work in our daily life, but more specifically at the fair! Youth with explore fairs and carnivals and learn about the science behind all of the fun through engaging hands-on activities. 

*Camp is from 10 AM-3 PM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office*

Event Dates:

July 25th (K-3rd)

Outdoor Adventures (K-3)

Youth will explore the outdoors, food chains, water life, geo tracking, and so much more! This engaging camp is designed for those looking for adventure in the great outdoors!

*This camp will take place at Spring Brook State Park. Youth will meet at the Greene County Extension Office and transportation will be provided to the park. This camp will take place from 10 AM-3:30 PM*

Event Dates:

August 8 (K-3rd)

Spy Camp

Attention, young secret agents! Are you ready to embark on a thrilling mission filled with mystery, intrigue, and espionage? Join us for our Spy Class for Kids – an exhilarating adventure where children become masters of disguise, code-breakers, and stealth operatives.

*Camp is from 10 AM-3 PM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office*

 

Event Dates:

August 14th (4-8)

 
NASA Space Camp

NASA Astro Camp® is an opportunity for youth to get involved in and experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) -- and to learn more about space with NASA unique activities. Astro Camp® is a great way to help youth foster career dreams of tomorrow and develop life-changing goals through Next Generation science, math, and engineering skills!  

*Camp is from 10 AM-3 PM and takes place at Greene County Extension Office* 

Event Dates:

Friday, August 16 (4th-8th)

 

2024 Summer Project Workshop Descriptions

Barrel Racing Clinic

Saddle up for an unforgettable adventure at our Barrel Racing Workshop for Kids! Join us for a day filled with fun, learning, and the exhilarating thrill of barrel racing. Led by Stephanie McCreedy, an experienced barrel racing instructor, children grades 4-12 will learn essential riding skills, master barrel racing techniques, and forge lifelong friendships with fellow horse lovers. Whether your child is a beginner or a seasoned rider, our workshop promises excitement, confidence-building, and a love for horses that will last a lifetime. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to ignite your child's passion for equestrian sports.

Cake Decorating

Get ready to unleash your creativity in our Cake Decorating Workshop for Youth! Calling all aspiring bakers and artistic minds in grades 3-12 to join us for a sweet adventure. Under the guidance of Hummingbird Confections, participants will learn the art of cake decorating, from basic techniques to advanced designs. Let your imagination run wild as you create edible masterpieces with frosting, fondant, and more. Whether you're a beginner or a baking pro, this workshop is a perfect blend of fun and skill-building. Don't miss out on learning, decorating, and indulging in delicious creations. This will prepare youth with the skills needed to create their own sweet creation to exhibit at the Greene County Fair!

Visual Arts

Unleash your inner artist in our Visual Arts Project Workshop for Youth! Calling all young creatives to explore the world of art in a dynamic and inspiring environment. Led by Jolene Peters, of Art on the Fly, this workshop invites youth to dive into a variety of hands-on projects, from painting and drawing to sculpture and mixed media; who knows! Discover new techniques, express yourself through vibrant colors, and bring your imagination to life on canvas, paper, and more. Whether you're a budding Picasso or just starting your artistic journey, this workshop offers a supportive space to learn, grow, and unleash your creativity. Join us and let your imagination soar! This Visual Arts workshop will take place at Art on the Fly on the square. Youth will create a visual arts project and then head back to the office to begin paperwork to bring their project to the Greene County Fair. 

$20 Challenge

Ready for a fashion adventure that won't break the bank? Introducing our $20 Challenge Project Workshop for Youth! Calling all trendsetters and bargain hunters to join us for a stylish journey on a budget. Participants will unleash their creativity in this unique workshop as they scour More Time to find fashionable treasures for under $20. Guided by fashion-savvy mentors, youth will learn the art of thrift shopping, sustainable fashion practices, and how to repurpose clothing for a one-of-a-kind wardrobe. From funky finds to vintage gems, this workshop is all about expressing personal style without breaking the bank. Join us for a thrifty fashion experience like no other! During this workshop, youth will begin at More Time/Shine On as they learn about the store and what they do. After selecting their outfit, they will then head back to the office to begin paperwork for their project at the fair. These projects will be judged on Tuesday, July 9th, and they will be modeled in the fashion show on the Friday of the fair. 

Sewing 101

Embark on a creative journey with our Sewing Project Workshop for Youth! Calling all young crafters and aspiring designers to join us for a hands-on sewing adventure. In this workshop, participants will learn essential sewing skills and techniques while completing fun and practical projects. From stylish accessories to trendy clothing items, youth will unleash their imagination and bring their designs to life with fabric, thread, and needles. Guided by Cindy Adamson, this workshop offers a supportive environment for youth to explore their creativity, build confidence, and develop valuable life skills. Whether you're a beginner or have some sewing experience, this workshop promises to ignite your passion for crafting and fashion. Don't miss out on this opportunity to sew, create, and make memories!

Embroidery

Dive into the world of intricate designs and colorful threads with our Embroidery Project Workshop for Youth! Calling all young artists and crafters to join us for a hands-on exploration of embroidery. In this workshop, participants will learn the art of stitching beautiful patterns and motifs onto fabric, creating stunning works of art to cherish or gift. From basic stitches to advanced techniques, youth will receive expert guidance from Warm Wishes as they bring their creative visions to life. Whether you're new to embroidery or looking to hone your skills, this workshop offers a fun and supportive environment for youth to express themselves through needle and thread. Unleash your creativity, connect with fellow crafters, and discover the joy of embroidery.

Vision Board

Unlock your dreams and design your future with our Vision Board Project Workshop for Youth! Calling all young dreamers and goal-setters to join us for an inspiring and empowering experience. In this workshop, participants will learn the power of visualization as they create their own vision boards to manifest their aspirations and goals. Guided by Warm Wishes, youth will explore their passions, dreams, and ambitions through collage, imagery, and words. From academic achievements to personal growth, this workshop offers a creative space for youth to clarify their goals and visualize their brightest future. Whether you're aiming for academic success, personal development, or career aspirations, this workshop will empower you to dream big and take actionable steps toward your goals. Don't miss out on this opportunity to ignite your potential and design the life you desire.

Woodworking

Get ready to craft, create, and build with our Woodworking Project Workshop for Youth! Calling all young builders and makers to join us for a hands-on woodworking adventure. In this workshop, participants will learn fundamental woodworking skills while completing exciting projects under the guidance of experienced instructors. From crafting wooden toys to building functional pieces of furniture, youth will unleash their creativity and gain practical knowledge in woodworking techniques, safety, and tool usage. Whether you're a beginner or have some woodworking experience, this workshop offers a supportive environment for youth to explore their passion for craftsmanship and unleash their inner carpenter. Don't miss out on this opportunity to saw, sand, and hammer your way to woodworking mastery.

Photography

Capture the charm of Jefferson through your lens in our Photography Project Workshop for Youth! Calling all aspiring photographers and visual storytellers to join us for an immersive exploration of our picturesque town. In this workshop, youth will learn the art of photography while discovering the unique beauty and hidden gems of Jefferson. Guided by experienced mentors, participants will receive hands-on composition, lighting, and storytelling instruction as they capture stunning images of our vibrant community. From historic landmarks to scenic landscapes, this workshop offers a platform for youth to express their creativity and showcase the essence of Jefferson through their photographs. Whether you're a beginner or have some photography experience, this workshop promises to inspire and empower you to see the world through a new lens. Don't miss out on this opportunity to capture the spirit of Jefferson and share your perspective with the world.

Food and Nutrition

Calling all young bakers and sweet enthusiasts! Join us for a delightful Food and Nutrition Project Workshop for Youth! In this hands-on workshop, participants will embark on a delicious journey through the world of baking. Guided by The Cenntenial, youth will learn essential baking techniques, explore new recipes, and create a mouthwatering treat. From cookies and cupcakes to pies and pastries, participants can unleash their creativity and indulge their sweet tooth. Whether you're a baking novice or a seasoned pro, this workshop offers a fun and supportive environment to hone your skills and satisfy your cravings. Don't miss out on this opportunity to mix, bake, and taste your way to baking mastery! Youth will learn all the skills and techniques and complete the gaol sheets needed to enter this project at the fair. Youth will need to make the food again to bring to the fair. 

Dog Grooming 101

Do you exhibit a dog at the Greene County Fair? This class is perfect for you! Learn all the grooming tips and tricks to prepare your dog for the county fair or see the behind-the-scenes of dog grooming. 

Floral Arranging

Blossom into a budding florist in our Floral Arranging Project Workshop for Youth! Calling all young creatives and nature lovers to join us for a blooming adventure. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the art of floral design while exploring the beauty of nature's bounty. Guided by Fudges Flowers and Gifts, youth will discover the secrets of color theory, texture, and composition as they create stunning floral arrangements to adorn their homes or share with loved ones. From vibrant bouquets to elegant centerpieces, this workshop offers a platform for youth to express their creativity and connect with the natural world. Whether you're a beginner or have some floral arranging experience, this workshop promises to inspire and delight. Don't miss out on this opportunity to bring beauty and joy into your life with flowers.

Youth will create their own floral creation that will be stored overnight in the fridge at Fudges. Flowers must be picked up on the way to static judging.