What is 4-H and How Can I Join?

Donna Naquin  |  8/19/2009 1:21:52 AM

What is 4-H?

4-H is fun, it is learning and it is making new friends and doing new things. Sometimes it's even going new places. The 4-H program is the largest youth organization in the United States! Louisiana has more than 85,000 4-H members in more than 1,700 clubs. Lafourche Parish has more than 1,300 4-H’ers in 34 clubs. The Louisiana 4-H program is conducted by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service of the LSU AgCenter.

Who can join 4-H?

4-H is open to anyone. It's for rural and city boys and girls between the ages of nine and 19. It's an educational program based on the principle of learning by doing. Rather than merely reading about things, boys and girls actually do them. 4-H provides opportunities to develop such life skills as self-esteem, decision making, social interaction, practical knowledge and more.

When and how do you join 4-H?

If you attend a public or private school in Lafourche Parish, there should be a 4-H Club in your school. Each school club has a local 4-H leader who helps organize the club. Please contact this person in your school about 4-H. Lafourche Parish 4-H agents will go to each school in September to have an enrollment meeting. These enrollment meetings usually are announced in school. Enrollment cards will be given out at this meeting. Complete the enrollment card and return it to your 4-H agent.

If you do not go to a public or private school and you are home-schooled, you still may join 4-H. Just contact the 4-H office in Lafourche Parish.

What is a 4-H project?

Every 4-H member selects at least one 4-H project. “Completing a project” means doing everything the project book tells you to do. All new members in fourth choose the “Discovering the World of 4-H” project book and fifth graders chose "Exploring the World of 4-H". Returning members may select one project book. If you have an animal, you can choose from the “Raising Animals” list. These special projects help you learn more about your pet or livestock animal.

What do 4-H members do?

"Learn by doing" is the 4-H Club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things, they do them. They make things and take part in club meetings. They learn interesting new things. They learn to follow, and they learn to lead. They do community service for their community and school. They learn to take responsibility in project work.

What activities can 4-H members do?

4-H members can choose the activities they do. They can choose to do things like visit interesting places, compete for awards, learn to babysit, raise animals and plants, prepare food, use a computer, collect insects or learn to sew! 4-H members can choose to do these activities and many more. In Lafourche Parish 4-H, you can do demonstrations, design posters, make exhibits and participate in animal shows. These are just a few of the ways 4-H’ers learn by doing.
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