Garfield County Cooperative Extension
Garfield County 4-H
What is 4-H?
4-H is the largest youth serving organization in the world. All 50 states and over 80 countries world-wide have 4-H programs. 4-H members do things that are fun and learn skills they can use for the rest of their lives - on the job, at home or with friends. In 4-H, participants "learn by doing," and most activities are hands-on. Most 4-H clubs hold monthly meetings attended by members and their parents.
What Kids Do in 4-H?
It's up to you. You can make a rocket, grow vegetables, hatch an egg, use computers, give a speech, perform on stage, go hiking or camping, learn to shop smart or raise an animal. And there's more! In 4-H, you'll be working with other young people on common goals and, if you wish, leading younger kids. 4-H allows you to focus on your own talents and interests.
Who Can Join 4-H?
Any youth age 9 to 19 can join the Garfield County 4-H program. A non-competitive program called Cloverbuds for 5-8 year olds is available through some local clubs.
How to get the most out of your 4-H year.
AS A MEMBER
Attend your local meetings – get involved in the activities;
Offer to take on responsibilities;
Get your project literature, read it and do the activities;
Participate in activities at the county level;
Keep records of what you do with your projects so you can fill out a record book at the end of the year for awards;
Teach others what you know – LEADERSHIP
· do workshops at county events
· do workshops at your local club
Help others – CITIZENSHIP
· help your neighbor
· give to the needy
· offer your services to others
Remember, participation, leadership and citizenship are necessary for the top awards.
Most importantly – GET INVOLVED
AS A PARENT
Attend local meetings – offer help with meetings;
Offer to take on responsibilities –
· drive 4-Her’s to a contest
· provide refreshments
· suggest and help with a citizenship project
Help your child with project work – get the literature and work through the activities;
Become a Project or Activity Leader – All you need is an interest in kids and the willingness to share your time and knowledge with them. Teach a skill, help with project work, help write a speech, help rehearse a talent show.
Help your child learn to keep records;
You have a part in helping your child have a good 4-H experience. Get involved in the local 4-H club. 4-H leaders need your help!
A successful 4-H year does not just happen,
It is planned and takes work!!
To Enroll in 4-H
Please fill out the forms in the enrollment packet and turn them in to your club leader or the Garfield County OSU Extension Office. The state office requires that we have each of these forms on file for every 4-H member.
To be a 4-H Volunteer: