4-H Youth Development
Who Can Join 4-H?
Anyone from 9 to 19 can join 4-H. Some counties have younger children involved in Cloverbud activities. When 4-H began a hundred years ago, almost everyone lived on a farm. That's not true anymore. 4-H happens wherever kids live--in large cities, small towns, in rural areas, on farms, and even on military bases.
What do Kids do in 4-H?
It's up to you. You can go to camp, learn to shop wisely, give a demonstration, give a speech, cure a ham, or conquer an obstacle course. You can perform in a skit, make a birdhouse, start a business, learn about electricity, learn to sew, raise an animal, or protect the environment.
In 4-H you will be working with other young people toward common goals and if you wish, teaching younger kids. You can build your 4-H activities around your own talents and interests.
4-H challenges you to think and make decisions, both for yourself and as a member of a group. You discover new ways to do things and different ways of dealing with everyday challenges. 4-H is big on self-discipline, responsibility, initiative, and leadership. You will become a positive force in the world today.
In 4-H, you learn skills that you can use for the rest of your life. You won't just talk about it, you will actually get your hands on it, and learn by doing. Members will choose from about 100 different skills--everything from shooting sports/archery to crafts to learning about animal care.
It can be tough growing up today. To sort out their ideas and emotions, 4-H members often talk to club leaders and to each other about what matters to them. 4-H gives you a chance to be friends with other young people and caring adults. It is about building character, accepting people who are different, and making your community a better place to live.
Being healthy means feeling good; doing your best to balance school, friends, and family; and making the best choices. 4-H focuses on developing healthy lifestyles and understanding what happens when you make unhealthy choices.
Involvement in 4-H
There are several ways you can be in 4-H, but the most fun way is probably through a 4-H club. All it takes to start a 4-H club is a couple adults willing to work with a group of interested kids.
Clubs meet in public places like schools, libraries, community centers, and even barns. You can also be involved in 4-H as part of the curriculum at school or through camp, special interest groups, and after-school child care programs.
If you like to work by yourself, you can even do a self-study project at home with family members.
How do you join 4-H?
Contact the 4-H staff at:
Boyle County Extension Office
99 Corporate Drive
Danville, KY 40422
Kim Ragland, Boyle County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, email@example.com