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.
Who Can Join 4-H?
Any youth age 9 to 19 can join the Dewey County 4-H program. A non-competitive program called Cloverbuds for 5-8 year olds is available through some local clubs.
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.
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!!