Time to start thinking about summer projects

It is not too early to start thinking and planning for projects you would like to learn about during the upcoming summer.

As you look out your window on these cold, snowy winter days, the farthest thing from your mind is what you would like to accomplish this summer. That is why this is the best time to start putting some notes and ideas down on paper, phone or in your iPad. Michigan 4-H youth programs offer a variety of 4-H projects to get you to start thinking about some of these projects. If you visit their website, you will find projects ranging from animals, to gardening, to outdoor education, foods and nutrition just to name a few.

Maybe you would be interested in getting a part time job for the summer. Youth need to start setting goals and making a list of their interests. Visit the web page on career preparation to learn how to get started. Summer camps will be looking for camp counselors soon as well; check out these possibilities. If you enjoy the outdoors and like working with kids, this is a great opportunity for part-time employment and will look good on your resume for future employment.

Woodworking projects could help you fix up items around your home. You might even consider building a bench or shelf perfect for your space. Consider starting a garden for fresh foods to eat. Food preservation skills are good to have for those long winter months. Learn about the different types of spices and herbs.  Learn how to plant seeds, cultivate and grow the different vegetables in your area; plant pumpkins for the fall. Be an entrepreneur and start selling your garden goods to your neighbors or at the local farmers market.

If your idea for summer includes getting away, consider opportunities through 4-H international programs. Is there someplace you would like to visit? There are many opportunities for youth to participate in international exchanges. Visit the Global and Cultural Education site on the 4-H web page.

How about taking a class on drawing, painting, cooking, photography or anything you have not had a chance to do in the past. Consider attending Michigan 4-H Exploration Days held in June. Youth have a chance to try one or two new sessions to learn and share back home.

Start thinking now to make plans for the summer months. It is never too early. For more information, visit the Michigan 4-H program page of the website or contact your local Michigan State University Extension office.

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