When you think of 4-H what does it bring to mind? Possibly growing food on a farm or raising a cow. When I was growing up my aunt’s family had a farm in South Dakota and the kids did raise cows and entered jams, pies and vegetables in the county fairs. I always thought that it sounded fun, but I grew up in a city. We didn’t have land to grow things or raise a cows. However, we would go to the Alaska State Fair and saw all the beautiful home-grown things and the yummy homemade jams, jelly and various other things.
When I began to homeschool we were with a “private school” and had to choose a small group to be a part of. When I saw a 4-H group advertised I knew this was the group I wanted to be involved in. We lived in a city so what could 4-H offer it kids. This was the wrong question, I should have asked what didn’t it have to offer.
We began our 4-H journey in 1st grade and were involved for approx. 9 years and our extension office offered so many opportunities for my son to grow, learn, and lead over the years we were involved.
Here is a list of some of the activities/projects my son participated in over the 9 years.
- Raising Citrus tree
- Poster Competitions
- Marine Science
- Dog Training
- Demonstration Speeches
- Bike Safety
- Consumer Choices
- Talent Competitions
- Power Point Class
- Circuit Boards
- Solor Cars
- Cake Decoration
- Movie Making
- Taught classes in entomology, archery, scrapbooking
- Attended County Council Meetings
- Attended Jr. Congress
- Attended State Congress
- Attended Legislature in Tallashee
- Was a 4-H Ambassador
- Lead Community Service projects
- Kept Record Books for all his project
4-H also afforded me the opportunity to volunteer and become a 4-H leader. 4-H is always looking for adults who can volunteer in various ways. You could help with an established club, start a club or teach a workshop or skill.
If you interested in 4-H or would like to learn more please visit their Florida website 4-H. If you are located in a different state you can do a search on 4-H in your state. Here is the link for the National National 4-H. They also offer some great curriculum that can be purchased if you want to do any of the projects with your children.