Short-Term 4-H Summer Special Interest Programs (SPIN)

Summer Special Interest (SPIN) clubs are designed to get 4-H and non-4-H youth engaged in activities that fuel their spark. SPIN club offerings vary year to year and are driven by youth interests and community needs. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation, however members will be enrolled in Cumberland County 4-H upon registration. Look for summer 2024 SPIN updates in the spring!

Have questions? Contact Cumberland 4-H by email or phone 207.781.6099.

Kids Can Can

Garden programming at Tidewater Garden/UMaine RLC
4 weeks from July 16 – August 6, 2024 on Tuesdays
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Maximum # of Participants: 10
Minimum Age: 9 (younger based on if older sibling is coming, etc.)
Cost: $10 for all 4 weeks
Registration for Kids Can Can has closed.

Blueberry jam, pickles, and tomato sauce—all of these foods can be made from scratch with fruits and vegetables grown in your own garden. Join UMaine Extension staff and volunteers in this hands-on, interactive program that will teach kids ages 9+ how to grow and preserve the garden’s harvest. Each session will begin in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Tidewater Gardens as we harvest the fruits and vegetables needed to make jam, pickles, tomato sauce, and more. Then we’ll move to the UMaine Regional Learning Center Demo Kitchen and prepare a batch of delicious preserved foods. Each participant will take home samples of what we make.

Fun with 4-H at the Windham Public Library

Animal science programming at Windham Public Library
6 weeks from July 12 – August 16, 2024 on Fridays
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Maximum # of Participants: 15
Ages: 4-9
Cost: Free
Register for Fun with 4-H

Kids ages 4-9, join us for this 6-week program to learn more about farm animals! Each week, we will start by reading a book about a new animal to learn the basics. Then we will have a hands-on project that may include making a craft, sampling a food item, or another engaging activity. Registration is preferred to secure your child’s space in this program; drop-in participation is permitted if program capacity allows.

If you are interested in any of these 4-H Summer Programs, but are concerned about the cost, please contact Cumberland 4-H staff to discuss financial assistance in the form of a reduced or waived fee.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 4-H Cumberland staff at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.