Heritage Creek Farm Camp and Education Center and Lancaster County 4-H are pairing up during 2018 to bring youth ages 8+ the opportunity to participate in a fun and educational engineering challenge: From Field to Flight; Pumpkin Chunkin!

Youth will meet once a month for six months at Heritage Creek to learn how to design a simple catapult; plant & tend pumpkins; build a machine for chunkin’ those pumpkins; and work as a team and as individuals, using an engineering design process. This series of lessons and design sessions will culminate in a friendly competition where we will launch our pumpkins to see which machine sends them the furthest or highest, and meets design specifications.

Youth can participate as individuals or in teams if there are siblings or friends that want to enter together. Youth will be responsible for collecting and purchasing all materials needed for their catapult. Youth will be expected to work on their design and build at home between monthly sessions.

Youth do NOT need to enroll in 4-H to participate but this is a wonderful way to introduce your children to the programs that 4-H offers in Lancaster County.  


Participation Fee: 

$30.00/Individual Participant (Must be 12 or older to participate as an individual)

$50.00/Team Participants (Up to 4 member/team, Students ages 8 - 11 must participant on a team with a minimum of 1 adult participant.) 

All member of your team must be listed on the online registration form along with ages.  Adult participants can list name and state ADULT - no age necessary(: 


Space is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot! 


Dates: May 19, June 23, July 21, August 18, September 29

Time:  10 am - Noon(ish) 


Note:  We are considering the idea of making a float with our winning catapult and marching in the Manheim Farm Show Parade.  In this case, there may be two additional optional dates in early October - a Saturday morning and Wednesday evening.  If you would be interested in working on a committee to help bring this idea to fruition, contact Cindi Hughes at info@heritagecreekfarmcamp.com.     


We look forward to offering this unique farm-based activity on the farm this year and are excited to embark on this educational journey with you.  Questions can be addressed to: 

Cindi Hughes at Heritage Creek Farm Camp            Email:  info@heritagecreekfarmcamp.com          Phone: 717.653.4232

Patti Van Bredorode at 4-H Lancaster County          Email:  pev3@psu.edu                                     Phone:  717-394-6851 


From Field to Flight:

Pumpkin Chunkin Engineering Challenge 

Nutritional Farm-Based Initiative with CHI St. Joseph Children's Health 

For the past 3 school years, Heritage Creek Farm Camp has been working with the Education Department at CHI St. Joseph's Children's Health, and Food Service Personnel at Columbia Borough School District to provide a Nutritional-based Agricultural Initiative at the Middle School - Taylor Campus.  Farm-based activities are offered at the school, and students come to the farm for offsite education experiences.  To learn more about the program click here.

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