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Extension Education

Lance Kirkpatrick
University of Arkansas


Finding ways to capture the attention of today’s 4-H member is challenging and sometimes difficult.  Discovering new and innovated ways to provide educational opportunities, which members will attend and enjoy, is always the goal of any extension 4-H educator.   Dutch oven cooking provides an excellent learning opportunity and can achieve many of the 4-H program goals to increase youth participation.  The overall goals were to increase summer camp participation while providing outdoor cooking experiences using Dutch ovens.   The objectives of the program were: 1.) to provide practical skills needed to enjoy outdoor cooking, 2.) to teach the proper methods of outdoor cooking with Dutch ovens and 3.) to educate youth in the areas of food safety and healthy eating.  A total of thirty-one 4-H members participated in the two day summer camp, all members participating where able to eat a meal prepared in a Dutch oven.  Twenty four surveyed indicated they had a better understanding of basic food safety, as a result of attending the camp.   Fifteen reported they could cook meals with Dutch ovens and 12 reported purchasing Dutch ovens and planned to use them on camping trips and other outdoor adventures.  Dutch oven cooking offers a perfect opportunity to learn while doing. 


Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC

This poster is being submitted for judging. It will be displayed at the AM/PIC if not selected as a State winner. The abstract will be published in the proceedings.

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Authors: D.L. Kirkpatrick
  1. Kirkpatrick, D. CEA - AGRICULTURE, University of Arkansas, Arkansas, 72923