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10 Ways to Cure Boredom, Project Day 2018

25 youth and 17 adults attended the 2018 4-H Project Day on Saturday, March 3rd from 9 am to 2:30 pm held at the Mahnomen Public School.  Snacks were provided by Deb McArthur.  Mahnomen County 4-H supplied the subs from Subway and other lunch items.


The cost for the day (including the meal) was $10 or $5 for enrolled 4-H members.  The sessions were 55 minutes long and there were 5 options in the morning and 6 different choices after lunch.

9:15-11:10 The Archery session was led by Brad Kappes (Norman County), Theresa Zettel and youth helper, Lia Nelson (Norman County) and lasted for 2 sessions or 1 hour and 55 minutes.

9:15-10:10 Peggy Noll, Peg Braaten and Deb McArthur guided youth in sewing rice pillows and JoAnn Kersting showed youth & adults how to create a mini garden.

10:15-11:10 Mackenzie Lampton (Ambassador) shared her grid drawing skills and Laney Swiers (Ambassador) helped kids create a flower identification book.

Lunch from 11:15-11:50

12:00-12:55 Derek Aus and Theresa Zettel introduced the kids and adults to the laser engraver and each of the youth got to use the computer to program the machine to engrave their names out of wood.  No-sew, tie pillows led by Gerri Swiers was another option.  Jon McArthur presented the session on Squishy Circuits – which used a 6 volt battery, dough, LED lights and a motor to teach about electrical circuits.

1:00-1:55 Derek Aus and Theresa Zettel repeated the laser engraving session.  Cassie Lefstad demonstrated how to start a campfire, tie basic knots and make a survival bracelet.  Scott Thomas provided the expertise and materials to make fishing lures.

The project day ended with evaluations and door prizes.  Most of the youth participants said they would change “Nothing” and all of the sessions were mentioned as favorite parts of the day.  There was an adult suggestion to go back to just a morning thing.  After talking to another county, 4-H is thinking of offering a mini event like this on a weeknight next October to get kids geared up for the 2018-2019 4-H year.