This summer, Stanly Community College (SCC) partnered with several area agencies in sponsoring “Kids in the Kitchen,” a day camp focused on teaching cooking, gardening, and nutrition. The participating agencies included North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Stanly County Center, Stanly County 4-H, City of Albemarle Parks & Recreation, GHA, Stanly County Schools, Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation (ADDC) and SCC. The camp was sponsored by Uwharrie Bank, Carolina Farm Credit and Farm Bureau.
Two camps ran during the weeks of June 22nd - 26th and July 13th-17th. Activities included:
- Getting to know your food
- Preparing and enjoying lunch and snacks
- Outdoor games
- Community garden visit
- Albemarle Downtown Farmer's Market visit
- Field trip to GHA's Carolina Farms
- Outdoor water games
According to Lori Ivey, County Extension Director, “Kids in the Kitchen was a great way for youth to learn basic cooking skills and nutrition, as well as learning a little about gardening and purchasing local produce. Each day they were responsible for preparing their own snack and lunch.”
The free camp's purpose was twofold in exposing youth to fruits and vegetables that are grown in the county as well as learning to make wise food choices, so those who may not have resources readily accessible in their everyday lives could gain from the camp.
SCC President, Dr. Brenda Kays commented, “Several partners brought this camp to fruition. The College was pleased to work with Stanly County 4-H, the ADDC Farmers Market, GHA's Carolina Farms and Stanly County Schools. The campers were exposed to fresh food choices and learned how to incorporate nutritious choices into meals and snacks. Each camper potted and received his/her own tomato plant. I am not sure that many of those plants will still be viable by summer's end, but at least it provided the campers with an understanding of how fruits and vegetables get to our table each day.
The camps were a success with participants and their families. After the camp, one parent wrote, "My child learned new skills and gained independence in the kitchen." Another parent responded, “My child loves to water her tomato plant and basil seeds." The youth enjoyed interactively learning about food, gardening and cooking, as well as getting an opportunity to explore local foods.
For more information about summer camp opportunities through Stanly County 4-H, please call 704-983-3987.
SCC's Early Childhood faculty help local children with camp activities.