University of Maryland Extension

4-H Summer Programs


Welcome Summer!


For many families summer is the perfect season for 4-H. It usually means camping experiences, animal encounters, fairs and fun! This summer may look a little different but that doesn’t mean that we still can’t have fun “learning by doing” as the 4-H motto states.  Baltimore County 4-H is pleased to present the 2020 Summer Program Guide. We have something for everyone!  The Guide has information for those who are looking to try something new, practice a skill, do some experiments or just have a good time.  We are offering themed mini-series, mini club experiences, demonstration days, workshops and even a self-paced choose your own adventure project! Summer programs will be led by Extension faculty, community partners, volunteers, and youth!

Take a look and see what’s new this summer! 




Family Fun with Literacy

Every Thursday, 5:30pm – 6:15pm, July 9th – August 13th for the Family Fun with Literacy Series for ages 5 – 7 year olds. Enjoy an evening story read aloud and learn about a fun family activity to do associated with the story! This is a great way to show youth the fun that comes with reading. Readings will be via Zoom with a specific link emailed to registrants.

Participants can register and sign photo releases well ahead of time to join the evening story and will be emailed the activity material list after registration. After the story is read, there will be a short discussion for youth to share what they like about the book. The activity will be done by the family at another time to connect lessons and ideas from the story to real life. Families can then if willing submit photos of them completing the activity to to be posted on Baltimore County 4-H Facebook Page.


Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller (July 9th 5:30pm)

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  • Make Doughnut holes using the recipe Easy Homemade Glazed Doughnut Holes or other desserts with family!
  • Create Lucky Charms Rice Krispy Friendship Treats, while discussing what it means to be a friend to someone and learn what your child(ren) think about friendship as you all give each marshmallow a friendship characteristic.


Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley (July 16th 5:30pm)

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  • The Nature of Your Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: As a family explore your backyard or local park and complete a nature scavenger hunt. Discuss all the things you see on your search on the list or not. What do the things you see on your scavenger hunt provide for us and what can we do to help them?
  • Appreciation Activity: write/create thank you cards for community helpers or people who you want to show appreciation to. This activity allows families to discuss appreciation for people in their community and in their lives’. Who are you thankful and why? Create your cards and either mail them or deliver them yourself!


 Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (July 23rd 5:30pm)

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  • Echolocation Experiment and Game: Have fun experimenting with echolocation! Practice echolocation using common household items before heading outside for a fun game of Marco Polo “bat style”.


The Empty Pot by Demi (July 30th 5:30pm)

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  • Decorating a Flower Pot Craft: Have fun decorating a flower pot anyway you choose! While picking out your flower pot, pick out some soil and seeds to plant in your pot (fast sprouting seeds: Lima bean, sunflower, marigold, radish, basil). This story is a great opportunity to discuss telling the truth with children.


The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Godin (August 6th 5:30pm)

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  • Family Fun and Games: Try your hips at hula-hooping or other family favorite activities to do. Having a little healthy family competition is a good way to learn about overcoming obstacles and having persistence. If you want to try your hand at the game Minute to Win it, a link to fun competition activities will be shared during this read aloud.


When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden (August 13th 5:30pm)

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  • Family Masterpiece: Complete a family masterpiece using whatever art supplies you want (paint, markers, stickers, buttons, clay, etc.), be creative and have fun. Before starting your masterpiece discuss: What you are going to make?, What are you going to use?, Why did you make those choices?, How might you compromise if you want different things? This book opens the opportunity to discuss compromise, respecting others’ opinions/ideas, and decision making.
  • Virtual Museum Tour: Take a virtual museum tour and explore some kid friendly art!


Who I Am Summer Activity Guide Series

Who I Am Summer Activity Guide Series from Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network will be a fun way for youth ages 13 – 15 years old to have the opportunity to engage one another, build skills in communication, critical thinking, self-reflection, and focus on their emotional well-being. Youth will gather virtually twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays July 14th – July 30th from 11 – 12pm, to engage in fun activities that will allow them to focus on self-discovery. This series will require youth to continuously participate in the series. 

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Participants will pre-register for this series and will be emailed the materials list for every activity all at once. There will be rules established about respect and conduct during and outside of participation to create a place for youth to feel comfortable sharing if they wish.

Week 1: My Vision Board Activity and My Time Capsule Activity (Tues. July 14th and Thurs. July 16th)

Week 2: My Personality Activity and ‘I Am’ Poem Activity (Tues. July 21st and Thurs. July 23rd)

Week 3: Feelings Jar Activity and Letters to Myself Activity (Tues. July 28th and Thurs. July 30th)


At Home Experiments Series

Join Baltimore County 4-H every Wednesday, July 15th – August 19th from 1 – 2pm, with our At Home Experiment Series from the Maryland Science Center curriculum for youth ages 8 – 10 years old. Youth will engage in fun simple experiments, learn about and create hypotheses, and discuss the scientific concepts that are associated with each experiment. Youth will also be given a bonus experiment to complete at home with their families.

Participants will register for each Wednesday separately and will be emailed the materials list for that experiment to be prepared ahead of time.

During Meeting Experiment

Take Home Experiment

Bubble Snakes (July 15th)

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Alka-seltzer Fireworks

Chameleon Jelly (July 22nd)

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Bouncy Balls

Faux Fossil (July 29th)

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Baggie Blast

Science Aglow (August 5)

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Soda Bottle Shuttle Stomper

Clean it Up (August 12th)

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DIY Bee Box

DIY Kaleidoscopes (August 19th)

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LED Lightsaber; DIY Kazoo


Mindful Mondays:

○     Spa Relaxation - This club is meant to encourage youth self-care. It gives activities where youth can create items to help them relax and relieve stress. Activities include making bath salts, zen gardens, body butter, massagers, etc. using everyday items. This club will meet every Monday from 1pm - 2pm on July 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd, 10th, and 17th.



○     Fitness For All - The purpose is to create an environment for families to come together and participate in learning activities that can engage the whole family. Can be activities to encourage fitness. This club will meet every Monday from 5pm - 6pm on July 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd, 10th, and 17th.  

Nutrition Mini Club -  The nutrition mini-club provides opportunities for youth ages 8 - 10 years old to enjoy an interactive learning experience about the foods we eat and the nutrients they provide. This club will explore the basics of nutrition, healthy snack recipes, and demonstrations and insight into nutritional cuisines from around the world. The objective of this club is to provide the participants with knowledge about the foods they consume. How to make conscious decisions about what they eat, the skills to safely prepare and consume nutritious foods.

 Tech Tuesdays:

○     Mission to Mars - This club will look at the considerations needed for a mission to Mars. Activities include mapping the surface, building a craft, packing for the trip, calculations to get there, and eating in space! This club will meet every Tuesday from 1pm - 2pm on July 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th, 11th, and 18th.


○     Scratch Coding (computer science) - Club will learn the basics of coding programs to do specific tasks. Youth will learn how to make games and virtual worlds using drag and drop commands in SCRATCH or SCRATCH Jr. This club will meet every Tuesday from 5pm - 6pm on July 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th, 11th, and 18th.



Wilderness Wednesday:

○     Outdoor Ed (Recorded)

This mini-club we will explore nature in our own backyards. The workshop will be a mixture of online virtual sessions and outdoor exploration time. Session topics will include nature walks, service learning, native plants, and ecosystems. This club will have recorded videos that will be posted every Wednesday (July 15th, 22nd, 29th, August 5th, 12th, and 19th)


Demonstration Fridays:

  • This mini-club will provide opportunities for youth to either present a demonstration to the mini-club or watch a pre-prepared demonstration by other members or an outside presenter. These demonstrations will take place every Friday 3 pm to 4:30 pm on July 17th, 24th, 31st, August 7th, 14th and 21st.  (Set up as 90 minutes so we can do several demonstrations per day and on one room)




Explore 4-H:

  • Sponsored by 4-H Canada. This project is online and is completed by selecting projects from a menu of topics in each area of 4-H. It allows youth to try something new and explore all the areas that 4-H has to offer.
  • Can be completed as a project record.


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