4-H is an opportunity for boys and girls in grades k-12 to learn and develop life skills that may assist them in becoming responsible adults. 4-H is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Projects are based on research and knowledge from Cornell University, other land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
How Does One Join 4-H?
A 4-H club must have 5 or more members from at least three different families. It must meet at least six times during the club year (October 1 through September 30). 4-H clubs may meet at any convenient location. Some 4-H clubs meet in the leader’s or members’ homes, others meet in a central place such as a school, church or community room. 4-H clubs usually do the following: project work, business meetings, recreation or social activities and community service. Countywide activities and events supplement the 4-H club program. These include: animal quiz bowls and clinics, clothing revue, public presentations, contests, achievement night, county fair, leadership opportunities, career exploration trips and citizenship trips.
Who Can Be a 4-H Leader?
"How many leaders should a 4-H Club have?" is a question that has been asked frequently. That depends on the size of the club and how old members are. At least two are recommended. A club may have "project leaders". They usually have a special interest or skill such as photography, clothing, gardening, etc. that is taught to the club members. Organizational leaders coordinate meetings & paper work.
What are 4-H Projects?
A 4-H project is a planned series of learning experiences through which youth develop knowledge, skills and/or attitudes. 4-H projects always teach the "whys" as well as the "hows". 4-H projects can be done individually or as a group.
What is Expected of a 4-H Parent?
Since a 4-H leader is a volunteer who is there because of their interest and love for youth, your support for your child and the club's activities is very helpful. Basic support can come in the form of seeing that your child is properly prepared for each meeting, has transportation to and from the meeting place, and completes any activities that are to be done at home.
What other ways can a 4-H parent help?
Volunteer to hold meetings or parties at your house. Offer to provide transportation to an event for a group of members. Send refreshments if they are a part of the meeting plan. Help 4-H members organize their community service project or social activity. Lead a 4-H project – many resource curriculum are available from our CCE office. Let the leader know that you are willing to help in any capacity. Then, be sure to be available.
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Details for the following programs can be found in the latest issue of the Youth Connection.
Dec. 7 – Snowmobile Safety Course
Dec. 14 – 4-H Teen Ambassador Meeting
Jan. 8 – Teen Ambassador 4-H Club Meeting
Jan. – Recyclemania Workshop (date TBD)
Jan. 14 – Public Presentation Teen Evaluator Training
Jan. 14 – Public Presentation Info Session
Jan. 22 – Public Presentation Teen Evaluator Training
Jan. 22 – Public Presentation Info Session
Jan. 29 - 4-H Leader Workshop – Recognition, Teen Leadership and Trips, Public Presentations
Feb. 3 – 4-H Leader Workshop – Recognition, Teen Leadership and Trips, Public Presentations
Upcoming Events & Workshops
- “Save Energy, Save Dollars” EmPower Workshop
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Thursday, December 5th 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Stream Habitats and Storm Resiliency
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 NYS Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
Wednesday, December 11th 2013
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
Extension Education Center
479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
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