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4-H day camps captivate Nobles County kids

Both children and adults were happy to be back together in person.

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Nobles County Extension Educator Mackenzie Wolf helps make adjustments to a balloon-powered car at Worthington’s Centennial Park, June 24, 2021.(Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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WORTHINGTON — After a 2020 COVID hiatus, the Nobles County Extension Office is proud to be able to offer 4-H day camps again.

This week was the second for camps of a scheduled five this year. The camps cover topics like STEM skills, animal science, triathlon, and bugs, birds and insects.

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"We've got the major towns in Nobles County covered, in case there are transportation problems," Nobles County Extension Educator Mackenzie Wolf said.

Wolf explained that camps are hosted in four locations each week: from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in Ellsworth, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays in Adrian, 9-to 11 a.m. Thursdays in Brewster and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays in Worthington.

Thursday's camp-goers in Worthington practiced their engineering skills. They built boats out of aluminum and participated in a competition to see who could hold the most glass gems before taking on water. They also constructed cars from LEGOs, and then raced them with air from balloons.

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Nobles County Extension STEM Coordinator Katie Klosterbuer explained that Thursday's activities are two that she keeps in her back pocket and has taught many times.

"It's really good for any age," she said. "It makes you think."

While Klosterbuer and Wolf are on site for support, responsibility for day camps mainly falls to summer intern Elizabeth Erwin. Originally from the Lismore area, Erwin wasn't consistent in 4-H throughout her childhood, which gives her a slightly different perspective than some other 4-H coordinators.

"We've been reaching a lot of kids who haven't been in 4-H before," Erwin said of the day camps. "It's really nice to see all these kids coming out and having a great time."

Especially after a year like 2020, it feels good to be able to offer in-person events, she added. The kids had a great time Thursday, trying various strategies to make their boats more buoyant and cars faster.

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