A 4-H club is a small group of boys and/or girls who meet regularly to work on 4-H projects, perform community service, develop leadership skills and learn to work together.
The H's represent HEAD (develop problem-solving techniques), HEART (learn to reach out to others), HANDS (improve or acquire new skills), HEALTH (discover an all over well being for self).
Boys and girls participate in either the Cloverbud Club Program (for 5-8 year olds) or the Traditional Club Program (for 9-19 year olds).
Most 4-H clubs have 5-8 members.
Each club sets its own meeting time and place. Clubs can meet every week or every other week; right after school, in the evening or on weekends. Some clubs meet in leaders' homes on a rotating basis; other clubs utilize school, church, or community facilities.
The leadership of a 4-H club is shared by the parents of its members and other adults. Each parent is responsible for a minimum of 3 meetings per year.
An enrollment fee of $25 per member per year covers the cost of project curriculum guides, 4-H insurance and 4-H newsletters. There is an additional $10 activity fee for our 4-H Achievement Day and other events throughout the year. There is no fee for leaders. Dues needed to cover the cost of supplies are set by each club and fund-raising efforts help cover the cost of special club trips and events.
4-H projects provide age-appropriate hands-on learning for members to develop skills and discover information. Written project curriculum is available in many subject areas: Animal Science, Clothing & Textiles, Food & Nutrition, Indoor & Outdoor Gardening, Mechanical Science, Home Environment, Nature Science, Consumer Education, and Leadership & Personal Development.
A 4-H staff member will help the group get started, guide leaders in project selection and provide continuing support. Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators, 4-H staff and experienced 4-H leaders provide information and hands-on techniques at leader training workshops.
We sell pet treats at some of our special events throughout the year and hold a Barn Dance in the summer. Some clubs do fundraising projects on their own to pay their activity fees.
For more information, call Cornell Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development office at (631) 852-4602.