St. Mary Parish 4-H

Jennifer H. Johnson, Drusini, Adriana  |  4/6/2005 9:47:16 PM

4-H is about making new friends and learning new things!

Welcome to St. Mary Parish 4-H

There are 31 organized 4-H clubs in St. Mary Parish in elementary, junior high, senior high schools and home schools. If you are interested in joining 4-H, contact the 4-H leader at your school or contact us at 337-828-4100, extension 300.

What is 4-H?

4-H is the largest youth organization in the United States! The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development program continues to expand to meet the needs of youth, with participation exceeding 175,000. 4-H is open to any parish youth 9-20 years of age in the current school year and up to the 12th grade in school.

4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programming around positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on real world experience they need to become leaders.

Through America's 109 land-grant universities and its Cooperative Extension system, 4-H researches every corner of our nation - from urban neighborhoods to suburban school yards to rural farming communities. With a network of more than 6 million youth, 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, 4-H helps shape youth to move our country and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can.

There are many activities and contests within St. Mary Parish 4-H during the year: parish and regional commodity cookery contests, dances, parish fair and livestock show, district and state livestock shows, horse shows, 4-H Field Day, holiday and summer workshops, project clubs (junior leader, shooting sports, operation cook and art club), fashion review, Louisiana Hunter Education course, and project book contest. There are camps for the elementary and junior members and 4-H University for the senior members. There is something for everyone!

National 4-H Emblem

The National 4-H Emblem, adopted in 1913, is a four-leaf clover with the letter "H" in each leaf which stand for the development of the Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The four-leaf clover signifies good luck and achievement. 

The emblem is protected by copyright held by the United States Department of Agriculture. An Act of Congress in 1948 gave the Secretary of Agriculture final authorization regarding the use of the 4-H name and emblem. State and local organizations operate under this authority.

Parish Extension Agents can answer questions regarding the use of the name and emblem.

4-H Club Colors

The National 4-H Club colors are Green and White. The WHITE background of the 4-H flag symbolized purity. The GREEN of the 4-H emblem represents nature's most common color in the great out-of-doors and also the emblematic of youth, life and growth. 

4-H Mission

The mission of 4-H is to assist youth and volunteers in acquiring research-based knowledge in agriculture, home economics and related subjects that contribute to human development, developing positive life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is carried out through the involvement of volunteer leaders, school administrators and parents who help organize and conduct the 4-H program primarily through school 4-H clubs. 

Regional and State Camps

Challenge Camp is held each year in November at Camp Grant Walker, Pollock, La. This three-day camp is filled with fun activities and outdoor challenges. This is open for 7th and 8th graders only.

4-H Camp is open for 4th - 6th graders. This one-week camp is held each summer at Camp Grant Walker. Applications are handed out in the spring club newsletter. For additional camp details please refer to the state 4-H Camp website.

4-H University - 4-H University (4-H U) is a statewide 4-H activity hosted on the Louisiana State University (LSU) Campus each summer. Participants compete in about 38 different 4-H contests and Clover College, which has non-competitive educational tracks. For a complete list of 4-H Contests and Clover College Options please refer to the state 4-H University website. To sign up to participate in 4-H University you must be an 8th - 12th grader and fill out an application, which is handed out in the spring club newsletter.

LOST Camp - Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology Camp is held annually at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, LA and is structured the same way as traditional summer camp. LOST camp is for 7th and 8th graders and features tracks in the fields of science, engineering, technology and outdoor education. Participants are able to choose three of these tracks to participate in while at camp.

Additional State Camps/Trips - Food and Fitness Camp, Citizenship Camp, Fashion Camp, Junior Leadership Conference, Marsh Maneuvers, Awards Trips, and additional trips.

St. Mary 4-H Junior Leader Club

Junior Leader Club is open to 4-H'ers in the 8th to 12th grade who want to do more for 4-H and their community. Junior Leaders involve themselves in community projects, assist at all parish activities, conduct workshops, conduct fundraisers, and serve as counselors for 4-H camps.

For more information contact the St. Mary Parish 4-H office.

St. Mary Parish 4-H
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