There’s always time for 4-H



September 24, 2019 - 9:58 AM

National 4-H week is just around the corner, Oct. 6-12, and you’ll get an extra opportunity to learn about 4-H through radio, newspaper and social media. 

Once  exposed to 4-H in the Southwind District, perhaps you’ll want more information on how or where to join.  In Allen, Bourbon, Neosho and Woodson counties, there 21 4-H clubs to choose from.

The clubs usually  meet once a month to plan activities and practice parliamentary procedure. 

Mostly they come together to have fun!          

Kansas 4-H is open to anyone between 7 and 19. Most prefer to join in October, the start of the new year.

To be eligible to exhibit at the county fair, members must be enrolled by Jan. 1 to get the full 4-H experience.

Enrollment, however, is open year round, so you can join any time and take part in any non-competitive 4-H activity.

So often, community leaders and other volunteers hear from families who don’t have the “time” to commit to 4-H.  

This can be a hard statement to swallow when 4-H can have such an impact on kids of all ages from all backgrounds.  

Families put in as little or as much time as they have available; there are no set requirements.

Record books are not a requirement, but an option.  They are done differently today than most parents remember and can be a great resource tool for high school seniors applying for college scholarships. 

4-H teaches skills that last a lifetime, and leadership is at the forefront. 

Members can develop a positive self-concept, an inquiring mind, concern for the community, healthy interpersonal relationships and sound decision making. 

4-H is more than a single game or activity. 

Your kids learn to speak in front of a group, handle responsibility, help their community, try new things, work with others and make good decisions.

4-H can bring families together because they learn together. 

They plan meetings, events, projects and activities together. 

Family members help as club or project leaders, meeting helpers, transportation aides and other ways. 

Parental involvement helps ensure the best learning experience for your child. 

Club participation, projects and friendships with other members become memorable parts of the 4-H program. 

Successful adults often credit their experiences in 4-H as turning points in their lives.  

Youth are encouraged to learn about and contribute to the betterment of their communities. 4-H also utilizes a variety of community resources such as meeting places, guest speakers, volunteers and field trips.

In 4-H, youth “learn by doing,” often through projects. 

Kansas 4-H offers 32 project areas to develop the wide range of interests that appeal to today’s young people, from beef to bicycles, photography to rockets.