Bibb County 4-H Summer Day Camp

By Simon Carbone

Bibb County 4-H Foundation Agent

Steve Miller turning a clay pot in the presence of 4-H youth at the Miller’s Pottery studio near Harrisburg, south of Brent.

The Bibb County Extension Office will host its fifth annual 4-H Summer Day Camp for Bibb County youth ages 9-13 from 8am-3pm on Monday, July 8-Thursday, July 11.

Day camp will start each day at Bibb County High School at 220 Birmingham Road in Centreville.

There is a $25 per youth registration fee, payable to the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation.

Space is limited to 25 youth participants for day camp, first-come, first-serve. The registration deadline is 3pm on Friday, July 5.

Gordon Black, Education Director of the Cahaba River Society, identifies and explains the importance of Cahaba River critters to the biodiversity of the river.

Youth participants will get breakfast and lunch on each day, a t-shirt, take home art items, and invaluable leadership and citizenship experiences. Transportation to a wide variety of activities such as Orr Park, Miller’s Pottery, Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, West Blocton Coke Ovens Park, and more will be provided.

Keith Westlake of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge shares hands-on items such as animal pelts, pine cones, deer antlers, mussel shells, tree section and other items pertaining to the Cahaba watershed.

Call the Bibb County Extension Office at 205-926-4310 to register or get more information about the Bibb County 4-H Summer Day Camp.

More information about the Camp is also available by liking the Bibb County Alabama Cooperative Extension Facebook page, Bibb County 4-H Facebook page or contacting Bibb County 4-H Foundation Agent Simon Carbone at or text/talk to 205-340-1159.

Simon Carbone helps Melissa Thompson of Sav-A-Life Pregnancy Resource Center and the Randolph community lead youth in painting a take-home painting. This year’s painting will be on the banks of the Cahaba at the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge!

“Programs at this camp will be everything a kid could hope for in 4-H,” Carbone said. “These include field trips all over Bibb County, making and taking home art, exploring the Cahaba River, exploring a farm and much more!”

4-H Summer Day Camp participants try their hand at hand-molding pottery as part of their visit to the Miller’s Pottery studio.

The goals of the Summer Camp are to: 1)improve the visibility of 4-H in Bibb County; 2)involve youth in learning new skills; 3)encourage leadership and citizenship; and 4)provide a positive environment for young people in Bibb County.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  Everyone is welcome!

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As the Bibb County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, Matthew D. Hartzell coordinates the implementation of all Extension programs in Bibb County in many program areas. These program areas include 4-H and Youth Development, Animal Sciences, Food Safety and Quality, Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, Family and Child Development, Family Resource Management and Workforce Development, Commercial Horticulture, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests, Farm and Agribusiness Management, and Community and Economic Development. Hartzell has served in his current position for 12 years and held primary program assignments in Community and Economic Development, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, and Forestry Wildlife and Natural Resources.