What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of 4-H? Probably farming and animals, right? Though farm families continue to be involved in 4-H, the majority of 4-H members live in rural areas, small towns and large cities, not on farms.
A challenge of 4-H clubs is to promote the benefits of 4-H and inform families that the program is for everyone, no matter where you live.
During this year’s National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13, the Black Bear 4-H club worked on ways to promote 4-H. Fifteen posters were made and put up in area schools and businesses.
“I want more kids to join 4-H so they have the opportunities I’ve had. I’ve learned great leadership skills to use in life,” said Morena Hammer, a Youth Leader in the Black Bear club. “I love 4-H.”
After giving a presentation on 4-H at Lake Region Christian School in Baxter, Peyton and Reese Wicklund said, “The kids and teachers had heard of 4-H but did not know what it actually is. Most of them thought it was just for farmers. After our presentation, many of them were interested.”
The group also baked and delivered cookies and “I Support 4-H” window clings to Nisswa and Pequot Lakes fire and police departments and the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce as a way of thanking them for what they do for their communities.
4-H is the world’s oldest and largest youth development program in the world. With training received through the University of Minnesota’s Extension, adult volunteers lead youth in learning a variety of subjects, all while having fun. With projects such as photography, crafts and fine arts, horse, dog, aerospace, robotics, small engines, global connections and more, today’s 4-H program offers something for everyone.
For information about joining 4-H, contact the Crow Wing County Extension Office at 218-824-1069.
For information on the Black Bear 4-H Club, contact organizational leader Cindy Terwilliger at 218-963-0309.