Fun Summer Activities for Teens

Challenge Your Teen’s Brain over Summer Vacation

While many adolescents look forward to summer vacation, it is not uncommon for them to quickly grow bored. Bored teens often turn to television and electronics. With a little encouragement, however, a teen can transform a bored brain into one that is healthy and active, and in turn, create a most memorable summer vacation.

Activities that can keep your teen happy, fit, and healthy include:

  • Spend time as a family. Go on vacation or create “stay-cations” to explore your own community or state.
  • Hold family/neighborhood Olympics. Create a day (or weekend) of fun physical and mental activities that can played on teams. Have contests and medals.
  • Go for a hike, bike ride, or find other ways to be physically active. Explore new trails, terrain, or a nature center. Oldham County parks offer trails, picnic shelters, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, disc golf, and more!

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  • Hold a family board game or card night.
  • Plan an outdoor movie night in the backyard.
  • Make food fun. Play “chopped” kitchen or “iron chef,” or put each member of the family in charge of planning a menu and making dinner as a family.
    Find new recipes on the Kentucky Proud website.

  • Volunteer as a family and get involved in the community. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, and humane societies are often looking for help. Community service can provide a teen with a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
    Places to volunteer in Oldham County include Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, the Humane Society of Oldham County, Mission Crestwood, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, and more.
  • Start a garden. Use it for pizzas, salad, or flowers. Gardens offer both nutritional and psychological benefits.
  • Plan an event. Planning a party such as a back-to-school barbecue can teach a teen planning, budgeting, and organizing.

Written by Amy F. Hosier, Extension Family Life Specialist. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Reference: Witmer, D. (2017). 6 Types of Fun Summer Activities for Teens. Retrieved online May 18, 2017.

Summer 2017 FCS Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted.

June FCS Calendar

5 Homemaker Executive Board, 9:30 a.m.
8 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30 p.m.
9 Canning Boot Camp, 10:00 a.m.
13 FCS Council, 10:00 a.m.
16 Homemakers Club Reports due to Extension Office
21 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
30 Homemaker Volunteer Hours due to Extension Office

July FCS Calendar

4 Office closed for Independence Day
10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
19 Wednesday Quilters, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
19 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
24 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
25 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 9:00 a.m. – noon
31 County Fair Entry Day (Culinary), 9:00 a.m. – noon

August FCS Calendar

1-5 Oldham County Fair
6 County Fair Entry Check Out, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon – 2:00 p.m.
8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
16 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
TBA Homemakers Council

Summer 2017 Ag Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

June Ag Calendar

1 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
8 County Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
8 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
8 Equine Farm & Facilities Expo, Lexington, University of Kentucky Extension Forages
9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
12 Green Thumbs, contact office for details
15 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
20 Ag Development Council, 7:00 p.m.
24 Master Gardener Association Meeting and Rain Garden Work Day, 9:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension Pavilion

July Ag Calendar

4 Office closed for Independence Day
6 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Henry County Extension
6 I Love Roses, 6:30 p.m., Oldham County Public Library, La Grange. Guest speaker Janet Miller of the Louisville Rose Society. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
10 Green Thumbs, Contact office for details
14 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
17 How Flowers Flirt and Flourish, 6:30 p.m., Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Goshen. Guest speaker Tavia Cathcart Brown, Wildflower Expert and Author. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
18 Oldham County Cattlemen, 6:00 p.m.
20 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Shelby County Extension
31 Ag Exhibits Entry for County Fair, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., (NEW LOCATION: Oldham County Extension office)

August Ag Calendar

3 Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening, 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker Jeff Wallitsch, Wallitsch Nursery and Garden Center. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
3 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
10 Rinse & Return for Pesticide Containers, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
16 Master Gardener/Green Thumbs Outing, Streamcliff Farms

Summer 2017 4-H Events

The following 4-H Youth Development calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

June 4-H Calendar

2-4 District Horse Show
5 All 4-H Camp Forms Due
5 Teen Conference Orientation
6 Project Day: 2-Point Perspective
8 Project Day: Leaf Printing
8 Extension Council & District Board
9 Project Day: Making An Electromagnet
12 Robotics Club
12-15 Teen Conference
16 Project Day: 4-H Clover Photography
15-16 State Horse Contest
20 Camp Leader Orientation
22 Camper Orientation

July 4-H Calendar

2-8 State Horse Show
4 Office closed for Independence Day
8 State Communications Day
10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
13 4-H Council Meeting
14 Head Lice Checks for Camp
17-21 4-H Camp
27 Fair Project Entry Day

August 4-H Calendar

2 4-H Fashion Revue
1-5 Oldham County Fair
11 State Fair Projects to Office
12-13 State Fair Dog Show
17-27 Kentucky State Fair

Oldham County Dog Show details to be announced.

2017 State Homemaker News

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

State Homemaker Meeting News

Six Oldham County Extension Homemakers attended the 2017 State Annual Meeting in Owensboro: Clarine Anderson, Dottie Crouch, Faye Korthaus, Carol McKinnon, Angela Morris, and Paula Pascal. Oldham County was honored to receive third place in International Fundraiser, Coins for Change.

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Carol C. Russ, a new Poplar Grove member, received third place for her short story “My Mother’s Shoes.” Rebecca Starry won two grand champion ribbons in Beading and Jewelry. Pat Honaker received grand champion in Crochet. Kelly Boyd, Linda Kiekhefer, Faye Korthaus, Barb Lynch, Angela Morris, Barbara Lynch, and Peggy Townsend all received blue ribbons for their Cultural Arts entries.

keha cultural arts

Save the date! The 2018 KEHA State Annual Meeting will be May 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport. In addition to competition in the State Cultural Arts contest, the KEHA State meeting is a great time to meet members from all over the state and learn lots of wonderful things.

2017 Master Gardener Classes

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Master Gardener Classes Begin in September

Master Gardener classes will be offered Fridays, beginning September 1 through November 17. Classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the extension office. The cost for this program is $100 to cover class materials. Registration forms are available in our office as well as online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/OC-Master-Gardeners.

oldham county master gardeners

What is a Master Gardener? A Master Gardener is someone who has successfully completed Master Gardener classes offered by an extension office. Classes provide research-based information on core subjects ranging from botany to soils to plant pests. Trees, turf, and landscape plant growing principles are also covered. Master Gardener volunteers take the knowledge learned through these classes and put it to use in their communities – sharing knowledge informally with others, teaching, and doing various gardening-related work in public areas.

How do I become a Master Gardener? Complete classes offered at the extension office and complete 40 hours of volunteer service within one year of course completion. Volunteers complete 20 service hours annually in subsequent years to maintain active Master Gardener status.

oldham county master gardeners

Where can I volunteer? There are several ongoing volunteer opportunities at Yew Dell Gardens and Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, plus one-time opportunities that are announced throughout the year. Participants may help with an existing project or begin their own. A project can be as simple as helping plant or maintain your church’s landscape or providing plant recommendations for a neighborhood association common area. The possibilities are endless.

Ag Clubs Update: Cattlemen, Green Thumbs, Master Gardeners

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association News

The Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association will meet on July 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the extension office. The meeting will feature guest speaker Jim Akers of Blue Grass Stockyards. The association welcomes new members – pick up an application at our office or join online at www.kycattle.org. Annual $35 membership dues cover membership to both Oldham County and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Associations, a subscription to Cow Country News, and meals at county meetings.

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Charlie McDonner of Whayne Supply was a guest speaker and sponsor of the Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association March meeting. Members elected officers for the current year: Maynard Stetten as president, Paul Bradshaw as vice president, and Jerry Bennett as secretary/treasurer.

Plant Sale & Auction Benefits 4-H

For the second year in a row, the Green Thumbs Garden Club held a spring plant sale and auction to benefit Oldham County 4-H. Green Thumbs and Oldham County Master Gardeners collected plants, containers, garden sculptures, and other garden decor for the event. This year, the clubs raised a total of $1,284, roughly a hundred dollars more than last year! This generous donation will be used as scholarships to send Oldham County children to 4-H camp in the summer.

Thank you Green Thumbs and Master Gardeners for your continued support!

Enter the 2017 Oldham County Fair

The following 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

4-H at the County Fair

Oldham County 4-H Fair

Don’t wait until the last minute to finish those 4-H fair projects! The 2017 Oldham County Fair is August 1 through 5. 4-H fair registration forms are due to the office by July 5. Early registration allows staff time to print entry tags for easy distribution on entry day. Projects will need to be delivered to the extension office between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. Projects will be judged July 28, and entries will be transported by 4-H staff and volunteers to the fairgrounds on Monday, July 31. Judging early will enable us to meet the State Fair registration deadline.

oc 4-h county fair

The Oldham County 4-H Fair catalog is now available online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-fair. A printed version of the catalog is also available at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office. All 4-H projects will need to be picked up on Sunday, August 6, between noon and 2:00 p.m. at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

Sign Up Today for the Fashion Revue

The 4-H Fashion Revue promotes skills in construction, selection, and coordination of clothing. 4-H members will have the opportunity to model clothing in the Sewing and Fashion Magic categories. The Sewing category allows 4-H’ers to model clothing they have entered in the 4-H Fair. In Fashion Magic, 4-H members model outfits and accessories they have purchased and assembled.

oc 4-h fair fashion revue

The 2017 Oldham County 4-H Fashion Revue is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Centerfield. For more information on entering, contact the extension office via (502) 222-9453 or amy.logsdon@uky.edu.

Enter the County Fair

Home & Family Arts Department

The 2017 Oldham County Fair is set for August 1 through 5. Department categories and rules are available at the extension office as well as online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/oldham-county-fair. All Home & Family Arts Department entries will be taken at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension office.

Check in nonperishable entries on Monday, July 24, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Tuesday, July 25, between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Judging follows at 12:30 p.m.

Perishable entries will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. and noon on Monday, July 31.

At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, the Family & Consumer Science Agent will begin arranging entries for display in the Home & Family Arts Building at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

Entry check out is between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

oc fair

Volunteers are needed to help register entries, assist judges, and arrange displays for the 2017 Oldham County Fair. Contact Chris Duncan via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu to volunteer your time.

4-H Summer Programs

The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Solar Eclipse Camp

total solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse Camp will be August 18-21 at the West Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. A premiere viewing location, the camp sits directly in the path of the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!

Ages 9 through 18 are eligible to attend. The $250 camp fee includes all activities, lodging, meals, snacks, t-shirt, and special solar eclipse viewing glasses. Participants experience a space-themed camp with class options that include:

  • Weather
  • Rockets
  • Drones
  • Astronomy
  • Space exploration
  • And more!
  • Special guests from NASA, TV meteorologists, and astronomers are scheduled.

    For more information contact Shane Browning, West Kentucky Camp Director, via (270) 797-8758 or shanebrowning@uky.edu.

    Kentucky Forestry, Entomology, and Wildlife Leadership Program

    Interested in the environment? Want to know more about forests, trees, insects, water, and wildlife? If yes, then the Forestry, Entomology, and Wildlife Leadership Program is for you!

    Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school are eligible to participate. The program will be held from June 4 through 9 at Lake Cumberland Education Center in Jabez, Kentucky. More information is available online at kflp.ca.uky.edu.

    Summer Project Days

    Join 4-H during the summer for Project Days where we build and create interesting, creative projects that can be entered in the fair to win ribbons and premiums! View the Fair Catalog online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-fair or at the extension office during fair season. Registration for fair entries should be submitted to the Oldham County Extension office by July 5.

    Registration information for Summer Project Days is available online: oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-project-days

    oc 4-h project days

    Discover Two-Point Perspective Drawing! Learn to write your name using two-point perspective, and make a beautiful piece of art that you can enter in the fair and then hang in your room. This class takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6. The supply fee is $5.

    Learn about Kentucky trees in Leaf Printing! Participants will identify 10 leaves and their primary uses, then make a notebook of leaf prints displaying their new knowledge. Leaf Printing is scheduled for Thursday, June 8, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. with a supply fee of $5.

    Making an Electromagnet will be the subject of the class on Friday, June 9, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Learn about electricity using Snap Circuits, then mount your own electromagnet. $10 covers all necessary supplies.

    The last 4-H Project Day of the summer will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 16. In 4-H Clover Photography, you will express your unique style by designing your own 3D 4-H Clover and photographing it! This class has a $5 supply fee.

    4-H Awards

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Kentucky 4-H Gold Award Recipient

    Congratulations to Molly Logsdon who received the Kentucky 4-H Gold Achievement Award, the second highest 4-H award in the state.

    4-h gold award winner

    A lifelong 4-H’er, Molly joined the Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County at age six as a Cloverbud. She has attended 4-H Camp since age nine, and this will be her fourth year in a camp leadership role. President of the Oldham County Teen Club, Molly also serves on the Kentucky 4-H State Teen Council and the State Teen Newsletter Committee. Two of their current projects include establishing the District 3 Teen Council and Teaching Positivity Through Improv.

    This November, Molly will representing Kentucky 4-H at the 2017 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. We are so proud of you, Molly!

    State Communications Day

    Oldham County 4-H’ers conducted speeches and demonstrations at the 2017 District 3 Communications event in April. A special congratulations to those that will be moving on to the state competition in July: Hannah Anderson, Maggie Anderson, Sarah Griffin, Kendall Kennedy, Sam Ray. Excellent work, 4-H’ers!

    oc 4-h district communications winners

    State Dog Skillathon Results

    The 2017 State 4-H Dog Skillathon was held on Saturday, March 11th in Scott County. Congratulations to the following Oldham County 4-H’ers for their achievements:

    Beth Huffman and Carrie Olds both placed third in the individual skillathon.

    The Junior Team received reserve champion: Carrie Olds (team captain), Ella Olds, and Peyton Ash.

    oc 4-h dog awards