CCE Steuben showcases all four signature programs to the Bath Cub Scout Pack
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County (CCE-Steuben) recently brought together all four of their signature programs for a Health Fair for Bath Cub Scout Pack 57. The 20 kindergarten through fifth grade Scouts received passports to visit six interactive stations during the evening event to learn about healthy living. At the end of the event they showed their stamped passports to receive a take-home bag filled with activity booklets, water bottles, frisbies and other products to remind them of what they had learned.
CCE-Steuben provides research-based knowledge to the community in four areas: Agriculture & Natural Resources, Nutrition, Financial Literacy and 4-H/Youth Development. Many of their programs are offered free of charge. At the Cub Scout event they all came together to promote healthy living in the following ways:
- Financial Educator Nancy Reigelsperger showed the Scouts the importance of money skills. They answered money-related questions on the buzzer board and practiced using an ATM machine.
- Agriculture Educator Ariel Kirk had the youth create bracelets with each different color representing different aspects of the farm.
- 4-H Program Leader Jenny Groen used the MyPlate model to show the youth how to read food labels to see what ingredients are in the foods they eat. They each received a bag of healthy trail mix.
- Expanded Food and Nutrition Educational Program (EFNEP) educator Pat Lamphier ran the group through several fun activities that involved movement in order to stress the importance of physical activity.
- Southern Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York (SFLESNY) educator Jon Sterlace taught the kids to think about what drinks they should choose to stay healthy. They tasted water samples that had a twist.
- Southern FInger Lakes Eat Smart New York (SFLESNY) educator Austin Nichols ran the kids through an activity where they tasted different fruits and vegetables and catalogued their taste, color, and touch of each food.
Bath Cub Scout Pack 57 Cubmaster Scott Folckemer said, “ All the different levels of Cub Scouts have a nutrition/healthy eating requirement. We asked CCE if they would be willing to help the Scouts with interactive educational stations. CCE came through much better than the Pack could have ever imagined. The Scouts got to learn many new things in a fun environment as well as many of the parents. Cub Scout Pack 57 would like to thank all the members of CCE for their time and commitment to make our February Pack Meeting a success.”
CCE-Steuben Tess McKinley said, “Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben really appreciates the opportunity to work with other organizations including the Cub Scouts. It was wonderful to see families participating together to learn about various aspects of health and agriculture in a fun and interactive environment.”
Photos and videos of the event can be found at http://bit.ly/cceimpact. For more information on CCE-Steuben, visit PutKnowledgeToWork.org.