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Youth Development Classes & Activities

Youths enjoying 4-H Green Science Adventure Camp

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March-August: Healthy Living Teen Ambassador Program
Looking for a summer volunteer opportunity? Teens ages 15-19 can learn to facilitate healthy living workshops for youth in Oakland County. Participating teens will develop leadership and public speaking skills and will also receive a partial scholarship to Exploration Days. Contact Mary Blumka at or at 248.858.0890 to apply!

April 2, 2016 & April 16, 2016: Successful You! Workshop Series
Want to improve a skill set that you will need for the rest of your life? Join us to learn how to properly fill out applications for jobs, scholarships and awards. Plus learn what to do in and after you interviews to successfully land your dream job! Join 4-H Educator, Laurie Rivetto, at the MSU Tollgate Farm and Conference Center Activity Center in Novi.

  • Part One – Applications & Resumes - Saturday, April 2nd, 10-Noon
  • Part Two – Interviews & More! - Saturday, April 16th, 10-Noon

This workshop is $5/session. Snacks will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Mary Blumka at or at 248.858.0890. See flyer for more information.

May 7, 2016: 4-H Discovery Day
Will be held from 10 AM to 3 PM at Springfield Oaks County Park,12451 Andersonville Rd, Davisburg.
What is 4-H Discovery Day? A FREE* family event open to the public providing educational hands-on experiences in a friendly atmosphere. 4-H Discovery day is a partnership between Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and the Oakland County Fair. Information will be available about joining 4-H and exhibiting at the Oakland County Fair! *A majority of the events and activities are free . However a few of the events charge a nominal fee to cover costs including lunch vendors. Questions contact Jason Scott at 248.858.0892

May 21, 2016: Canine All-stars Fun Match
Join Canine All-stars for Rally, Obedience, Agility, and Showmanship all in one place. Ages 5 – Adult welcome. Handler must provide certificate of DHPP & Rabies vaccines for each dog. Concessions will be available for purchase on the show grounds. Don't forget to take a look at the Silent Auction in between classes! See Registration form for more details.
Youth - $7 / first class, $5 / each additional with the same dog - Adult – $5 / Each Class
Day-Of Registration Youth - $8 / first class, $6 / each additional with same dog - Adult - $6 / Each Class
No Refunds! Contact: Terry Harrison at
Mail Preregistrations to: Terry Harrison, 4819 Forest Ave, Waterford, MI 48328

June - August 2016: Summer Camp at Tollgate Education Center
Throughout the summer multiple camps and themes are offered at Tollgate Education Center in Novi.  Activities such as harvesting fruits and vegetables, preparing healthy snacks, caring for farm animals, exploring the acres of woodland, archery, canoeing, horseback riding, challenge course activities, building, and more are offered at various times during camp.  The camp registration fee is $280.00 for a week-long camp.  Discounts are offered to those who register with siblings and/or for multiple weeks of camp.  Aftercare is offered until 6:00 pm.  For more information and to register for camp, visit the Tollgate Education Center web site or contact 

June 19 - 23, 2016:  4-H Horse Camp 
Do you want to improve your horsemanship skills? Be more competative in the ring? Meet other horse kids? Have FUN?! Attend the 4-H Horse Camp, an instructional camp at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, offered to youth ages 9 -19. Select four of the specialty classes: Bareback, Dressage, English Equitation, Fitting and Showing, Gymkhana, Jumping, Pattern, Saddle Seat, Trail and Western Horsemanship!  Registration is only open until May 20th. For more information, contact Debbie Morgan at (248) 347-3860 EXT 279.

June 22 – 24, 2016: Exploration Days
Exploration Days will be June 22 – 24, 2016 at the fabulous Michigan State University Campus. In case you didn't know, Exploration Days is a 3 day pre-college readiness camp on campus where youth live in the dorms, eat in the cafeterias, and navigate campus and the 4-H bus system to get to their mini classes (that they selected!) on time. There are also extracurricular activities like ice skating, swimming, playing sports at the rec centers, and the Exploration Days Dance! Last year, the Oakland County Delegation included 99 people! We were the second largest delegation in the state behind Monroe County, and we would like to be the largest!

The cost this year in Oakland County will remain the same at $185 / participant. The registration book is available now at at Please make sure you use the Oakland County forms as it has a few extra options. If you would like a hard copy of the book, instead of viewing it online, you'll have to wait until March 8th as we have to pick them up from Campus on the March 7th. We take registration on a first come –first serve basis, so you should bring or mail your COMPLETED forms and deposit of $90 to the office ASAP! The remaining balance will be due when you attend the mandatory meeting in May.

Our office will no longer be accepting forms missing signatures. We will help check over forms when you come to the office. If you are not already enrolled in 4hOnline, you will need to do so. You will also need to pay the $10 annual 4-H Participation fee if you haven't done so already. The last day to turn in your registration is April 28th. Participants and their parents will need to attend one of our Pre-Exploration Days Participant Meetings. These meetings are MANDATORY, even if you've been to Exploration Days before. You can choose from the dates below.

  • Wednesday, May 25 - 6:30 – 8:30 – Oakland County Fair Grounds (Springfield Oaks)
  • Thursday, May 26 3:00 – 5:00 – Executive Office Building – Pontiac
  • Thursday May 26 6:30 – 8:30 – Executive Office Building – Pontiac

Want to Chaperone? We need one same-gendered Chaperone per 10 youth participants. If you are interested in Chaperoning, please contact Mary Blumka at as soon as possible so I know how many folks we need to recruit. We have a CCA for the boys (head chaperone) we are looking for a CCA for the girls. Chaperones will be asked to attend two additional meetings before the event on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 & Tuesday, June 14th from 6:30-8:30.

Options for getting to Exploration Days
Most participants find their own transportation, but we do have other options. Oakland County 4-H offers a bike trip that starts here in Pontiac and rides to campus over 2 days ($25). This year we'll be adding a new option. An Oakland County Parks & Recreation will be picking up participants in Pontiac and Southfield. Price per participant has yet to be determined. There will be limited space on the bus and participants can select that option on a first come / first serve basis.

June 29, 2016: Container Gardening Workshop
Create a container garden, and get expert advice from Prielipp Farms and Greenhouse staff. Bring your own container, or purchase one for $5 on site. For questions about the program or to register, contact Mary Blumka at or at 248.858.0890. June 29, 2016 from 4pm or 6pm at the Oakland County Market. Cost: $5/Participant OR bring your own container. For ages: 5-19 Parents must accompany youth.

Consider entering your container garden in the Oakland County Fair. Projects created at this workshop will fall within Fair Entry Guidelines. Please note that entry for the Oakland County Fair Exhibit Hall ends June 1st. More information can be found on the Oakland County Fair website at

June 30, 2016: Sewing & Craft Workshop
Want to learn basic sewing skills? This program will teach simple machine sewing techniques on a beginner project. All Materials will be provided. For questions about the program or to register, contact Mary Blumka at or at 248.858.0890. Thursday, June 30, 2016 from Noon-2 pm or 2-4pm at Lookout Lodge, Waterford Oaks County Park.Cost: $25 4-H youth / $35 Non 4-H participants Ages 9-19

Consider entering your container garden in the Oakland County Fair. Projects created at this workshop will fall within Fair Entry Guidelines. Please note that entry for the Oakland County Fair Exhibit Hall ends June 1st. More information can be found on the Oakland County Fair website at

July 8-17, 2016: Oakland County Fair
Come visit the Oakland County 4-H staff at the fair for daily hands on activities and to catch up on 4-H news and programs. Our booth will be staffed Monday – Friday 9-5. Activities will happen 10-noon and 2-4. To find out how to exhibit at the fair, visit their web page.

August 3-5 2016 or August 17-19:  Cloverbud Camp - Registration Opens June 1st!!!
Now offering a camp experience specifically designed for your 5-8 year olds.  Oakland County 4-H Cloverbud Camp offers hands-on learning activities, crafts and active play throughout the day.  This camp will be held at Lookout Lodge (Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. Our camp provides a positive and collaborative atmosphere where Cloverbuds can thrive.  Fun activities include: trips to Paradise Peninsula Playscape, crafts, nature hikes, chemistry activities, and more! 

State-Wide 4-H Camps

June 27-July 1 – 4-H Renewable Energy Camp (13-19)
Explore how Michigan's abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy and what it means to your family, Michigan and the world! Highlights include Tours of on-campus Labs, the Kellogg Biological Station, MSU Power Plant, and a Wind Farm. Plus learn about Carbon Green Bioenergy and more! For more information, check out the 4-H Renewable Energy Camp Page. The cost to attend this 5-day camp is just $190!

June 27-July 1 – 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp (13-16)
Interested in veterinary medicine? Then the 4-H Animal & Vet Science Camp is the place for you! Learn about and work with many different species of animals large and small. The cost of this 5-day camp is $350 and includes all meals and transportation during the camp. The deadline for applications to attend this camp is April 1, 2016.

July 31-August 6 – Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp (13-15)
Campers explore dunes, hike forest trails, wade through wetlands, fish, snorkel and sail on Lake Huron while educators and scientists teach them about the Great Lakes ecosystem. This camp is held at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, Michigan. The cost of $375 covers lodging and all meals, transportation to field trips and materials. Apply to attend this camp today!

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