Online Staff Report
In today’s society, every week of the year seems to have some significant meaning. The week of Oct. 7-13 is no different. However, this celebrated week directly affects more than 6.5 million youth throughout the U.S. Oct. 7-13 is National 4-H Week.
National 4-H Week celebrates the most important element of 4-H – people! 4-H’ers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities supported by the latest research of land-grant universities that are focused on three areas: healthy living, citizenship, and science. Youth can experience 4-H by becoming a member of a 4-H club, attending a 4-H camp, or joining school-based or after-school 4-H programs. 4-H’ers can compete with their projects in contests at the local, state, regional or national levels. They may also attene conferences and events.
In Ogle County, approximately 410 youth participated in community-based 4-H clubs last year. Additionally, about 1,300 youth participated in 4-H school programs, special community events, and special interest groups. Youth were led by more than 350 adult volunteers and classroom teachers. What was once though of as a program for “farm kids” has now grown to reach just as many youth from towns, suburbs and cities.
Currently, Ogle County has 16 community 4-H clubs. Anyone who was between 5-18 years old by Sept.1 can participate in project work.
4-H’ers choose projects that interest them from a long and varied list.They set learning goals and work with adults and older 4-H members to meet those goals. Goals may include making exhibits for the 4-H Fair, giving talks or demonstrations for the local club, or participating in special workshops or project meetings. At the end of the 4-H year, members have the opportunity to exhibit proejcts of their learning at the annual 4-H Fair.They also have the option of completing project record books so they can track their long-term progress in a project area and be eligible for a multitude of county awards.
If you are interested in learning more about 4-H or want to get involved, visit the Ogle County 4-H website at htttp://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/, or call the Extension office at (815) 732-2191.
4-H is the youth development program of University of Illinois Extension. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
Posted Oct. 3, 2012