Lauren Edwards, Moran, Jennifer | 9/9/2009 12:59:21 AM
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 Club is the largest youth organization in the United States! Louisiana has more than 85,000 4-H members in more than 1,700 clubs. Morehouse Parish has around 325 4-H’ers in 14 clubs. 4-H 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 9 and 19. It's an educational program based on the principle of “learning by doing.” Rather than 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, etc.
When Do You Join 4-H?
4-H enrollment begins in at the beginning of school through April, ending with Awards Day for all our parish youth that was active in 4-H to be honored for their achievements for the year.
Each club has an enrollment meeting in September that is open to everyone between the ages of 9 and 19. These enrollment meetings usually are announced in 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.
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 Morehouse Parish at 318-281-5741. We can assist you in joining our Community Club.
What Is a 4-H Project?
Members may choose a project to complete. “Completing a project” means doing everything the project book tells you to do. All new members in fourth and fifth grades choose a "Discovering the World of 4-H" or “Discovering 4-H” project book. Returning members may select any other project book. If you have an animal, you can choose from the “Raising Animals” list. These special projects help you learn more about your pets or livestock.
What Do 4-H Members Do?
"Learning by Doing" is the 4-H Club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them. They make things; they 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.
Do you want to:
* visit interesting places * win awards * raise animals and plants
* prepare food * use a computer * collect insects
* do cool science experiments * volunteer in the community
4-H members can choose these activities and many more. In Morehouse Parish you can do demonstrations, design posters, make exhibits and participate in animal shows. You may be interested in one of our clubs within 4-H. Below is a list of clubs you may want to join.
Community Club: Participate in a community 4-H Club without going through your school. This club will have the opportunity to participate in the same 4-H programs as those taught in a school setting. This club is open to anyone that would like to join between the ages of 9 and 19.
Young Riders Club: Learn about basic horsemanship and better riding techniques in our Young Riders Club. Participants bring their horses to meetings and are taught lessons at these meetings.
Shooting Sports Club: Learn the importance of proper firearm handling and safety; how to properly shoot shotguns, rifles, and bows and arrows. Participate in regular shooting sports activities and have the opportunity to represent Morehouse Parish at regional, state and possibly national competitions.
Who can help with 4-H Activities?
Adults can become involved in 4-H as well. Clubs at school need volunteers to assist with club programs and activities, 4-H members can form “project groups,” and adults can work with a small group of youth who are working on the same project book. At this time, adults are actively working with specific projects are in the areas of livestock, and shooting sports, but many more project groups can be formed!
For more information, Visit www.lsuagcenter.com or www.louisiana4h.org or contact the Extension office at 318-281-5741 or stop by the Morehouse Parish Extension Office, 9609 Marlatt in Bastrop, Louisiana.