Summer Explosion series signups begin today

David Broyles dbroyles@civitasmedia

May 22, 2014

DOBSON — The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s 4-H program will continue its popular Summer Explosion series with old favorites and some new offerings.

4-H Cooperative Extension Agent Whitney Sprinkle explained Summer Explosion is a program for youth in grades K - 12. Each class is designed to be fun, educational, and a hands-on learning experience. Classes are set up by age range, so Sprinkle requested youths to register for classes based upon their age at the time of registration.

She said registration for will be held at the Extension office in Dobson beginning at 5:30 p.m. today and will continue until classes are full or until one week before a program starts. Adults may register family members and no more than two non-family youth. Persons who want to volunteer to help with any classes, or for more information, may call 401-8025.

“Many of these classes are similar to ones I participated in when I was in 4-H,” said Sprinkle. “I have really learned a lot being involved on the planning side of this program now.”

Information from the service indicates each participant is required to pay a $12 registration fee which includes the 2014 Summer Explosion T-shirt. It is recommended that this shirt be worn to all classes. All summer program fees must be paid upon registration.

Registration forms may be obtained online by visiting: and clicking on the link on the left side of the page called “Youth & 4-H.” Persons may also call 401-8025 and request a registration form. Medical consent forms must be notarized upon registration and a notary will be present on May 22 to notarize forms. Once again, there will be no drop-off service this year. Whoever brings youth to classes will need to come inside the building and sign youth in and out.

“There’s not any one specific type of person who can benefit from Summer Explosion classes, Sprinkle said. “It’s for a variety of kids who want to learn and have educational experiences they normally wouldn’t have.”

Sprinkle said one special event in the line up this summer bill be the “100 Years of Fun” set for June 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Extension Center. The event is for children ages 5-8 years and the cost is $5. The class is limited to 15 participants.

Sprinkle said 100 Years of Fun will be an extension birthday party to kickoff the beginning of summer. Participants will make treats, play games, and create party props and crafts in recognition of Cooperative Extension’s 100th birthday. Children are encouraged to dress up as if they were 100 years old and bring a bag lunch and a drink.

Another new offering for the series is titled “The Blind Side” on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Extension Center to travel to Davie County Extension Center. It is designed for children ages 11 to 18-years old and the cost is $20 with the class limit set at 12.

Activities will seek to teach participants what being blind would feel like. Participants will learn about Braille and technology tools used by someone who is blind, etiquette for meeting a person who is blind and for those who use a guide dog. Participants will have the opportunity to try using a mobility cane, discover how someone who is blind participates in recreation and play darts while blindfolded.

The “Painting at the Pilot Artisans” class is another new offering and is set for July 16 at The Pilot Artisans on 713 E. Main Street in Pilot Mountain. The cost is $15 and the class limit is 10. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Sprinkle said participants will be encouraged to express your creative side as they learn some painting skills from artist Susan Poole before taking their work home.

Other classes include a farmer’s market treasure hunt, a “Zoo Snooze, and agricultural academy, “Crafting For a cause,” and a day on a farm. The series is set to open with “Hiking & Photography,” on June 16. Participants ages 9-12 years old will hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail and use their cell phone cameras to snap pictures.

David Broyles may be reached at 336-719-1952 or on twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.