WHAT IS 4-H?
4-H is a national youth organization for boys and girls and the volunteer leaders who work with it. 4-H members share, learn, and work together in all kinds of projects, events, and activities. Parents and other adults serve as leaders, teaching and assisting the 4-H’ers. Members choose projects that fit their personal interest and goals. Boys and girls in town can enjoy 4-H as much as kids in the county!
WHO CAN JOIN 4-H?
4-H membership is open to all boys and girls who are in grades K-13 of the current year. A program called Cloverbuds introduces K-2 graders to 4-H by allowing them to participate in 4-H activities along with the rest of the members. 4-H is open to all youth regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, or handicap.
WHEN CAN I JOIN 4-H?
You may join 4-H anytime during the year. However, members must join by April 1st, if they would like to exhibit 4-H projects at the county fair.
WHAT IS A 4-H PROJECT?
A project is an area of interest that the 4-H member wants to learn more about during the year. All members get project materials that help them to get started and a leader is usually available to help members with their project work.
4-H Offers Projects in these areas:
- Animal Science
- Communication & Cultural Arts
- Family, Home, and Health
- Mechanical Sciences
- Natural Resources & Outdoor Education
- Plant & Soil Sciences
- Cloverbuds and Exploring
WHAT PROJECTS SHOULD A FIRST YEAR MEMBER ENROLL IN?
All members grades K-2 should sign up for the Cloverbud I & II or the Exploring I Project and members who are in grade 3 should sign up for the Exploring II Project. Explorers II may also enter in one other project, but not livestock. This gives new members a chance to try a little but of many 4-H projects. The activities you try in these projects will help you decide which projects you like and will want to take in future years.
Older first year members are able to sign up for any projects that interest them.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN 4-H BESIDES WORK ON PROJECTS?
4-H has events and activities all year round. Some of the more popular activities are: young member trips, 4-H camp, and JLO. Many older 4-H’ers get the chance to travel to Madison,Washington D.C. and other locations in and out of the state. You may also attend the County or State Fair to show what you have learned about your projects! All members are eligible to earn 4-H awards for their work.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A 4-H MEMBER?
When you join 4-H it is expected that you will attend your club’s meeting, and enroll in at least one project. You should also give a club demonstration and exhibit your project at the fair. Then, at the end of the year, turn in a completed record book of your activities in each project. You can also expect to have fun and learn!
HOW CAN PARENTS BECOME INVOLVED IN 4-H?
Parents are a very important part of 4-H. Parents help 4-H members choose their projects, provide support, transportation and encourage the 4-H’ers to do their best. Many resources with the 4-H members by becoming project or club leaders. For these activities, the leader invites members to a meeting place to work on projects or hold club meetings.
Jenna Behrends is our Positive Youth Development Extension Educator and can be reached at the following:
311 E Miner Ave., Suite S140
Ladysmith, WI 54848