Family and Consumer Sciences programs focus on finance, nutrition and family and human development needs of Arlington and Alexandria residents through classes offered at various public venues. Consistent with VCE's mission, our educational programs utilize research-based curricula from public university or federal government sources.

  • Aisha Salazar -  Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences

Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Alexandria 4-H Youth Development Program offers many exciting activities for youth ages 5-19. Participants can be involved in 4-H in a variety of ways. Youth can participate in community, special interest, or project clubs; join us at 4-H camp; participate in workshops or contest; or participate in 4-H through in-school and after-school programming. The opportunities are unlimited with Alexandria 4-H, for information or to enroll please contact Reggie Morris: or call the Alexandria Cooperative Extension Office at 703-746-5546.  




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4-H Junior Camp is held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center in Front Royal, Virginia. Campers ages 9-13 are lodged in a room with campers of similar age, and have the opportunity to request their roommates. Each room is part of a Pack, which serves as the camper’s “family” during the week of camp. Packs are involved in different contests on various days and Bear Claws are awarded for spirit, participation, and demonstrations of good character!

Each day, campers go to three different classes that they sign up for prior to arriving at camp. Class options include archery, canoeing, adventure, high and row lopes, t-shirt art, yoga, and more. There is free swim and recreation time each day, as well as evening programs and a campfire. Past evening programs have included Water Olympics, Newspaper Fashion Show, Talent Shows, and Scavenger Hunts.

Our camper registration fee is $350 which includes lodging, meals, all camp activities and supplies, a t-shirt, and transportation back from camp. Families must provide transportation (or carpool) to get youth to camp on June 30th.

Our counselor fee is $50, if the registration is submitted before January 11th. After January 11th, the fee increases to $150-so don't delay!

2019 Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria 4-H Junior Camp Registration Forms - June 30 - July 4, 2019

2019 FFA Counselor Appication.pdf
2019 FFA Camper Application_ALX.pdf
2019 ALX Scholarship.pdf

Youth involved in 4-H Enrichment Programs (ages 9-19) are participants in learning experiences not involving organized club activities. Enrichment programs may be coordinated with school personnel serving as volunteer teachers of 4-H curricula. The purposes of enrichment programs are to teach youth subject matter in a short time frame, expose new youth to 4-H, and to involve those youth in 4-H for further programming opportunities. Many 4-H projects and activities address objectives covered in Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's). 

This curriculum is designed to satisfy Virginia Science Standard of Learning 4.3 as well as supporting several of the goals in science SOL 4.1. Electric Kits with most of the supplies required to conduct these lessons are available from the 4-H office. Contact Reggie Morris at to borrow a kit.


The "Beginning of Life" 4-H Embryology project provides the opportunity for children between the ages of 5-18 to explore the life and growth processes utilizing the chick embryo. The Embryology Program centers on the incubation of eggs. One dozen fertile eggs and an incubator will be provided as available to each school or youth group on a first-come/first-serve basis for use in conducting the project. The anticipation of the hatch greatly adds to student interest and excitement about learning!

Alexandria Embryology Calendar.pdf
Beginning of LIfe_408-029_pdf.pdf

These activities are designed to introduce youth to the process of scientific inquiry and help to develop the following inquiry skills: observing, classifying, and sequencing; communicating; measuring; predicting; hypothesizing; inferring; defining, controlling and manipulating variables in experimentation; and interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating data. 

Scientific Inquiry_388-808_pdf.pdf

The 4-H Cloverbud Program is designed for boys and girls 5-8 years of age. These programs are designed to give young children and introduction to 4-H through people activities designed for their interest and learning levels.

4-H Afterschool is a special effort to increase 4-H's capacity to develop and implement after-school programs and work with other youth serving organizations to increase the quality and quantity of after-school programs in America's communities. The aim is to increase young people's opportunities to have fun while developing lifelong skills through experiential learning in safe, healthy, and enriching environments. 

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