Schmidt: 4-H Grows Here
National 4-H Week takes place Oct. 4-10, 2015. The theme for National 4-H Week is 4-H Grows Here which is very fitting for our county. County 4-H programs utilize this special week to promote 4-H in their county and clubs!
Each year during National 4-H Week, 4-H clubs across America also participate in the world’s largest, youth-led science experiment. This year, 4-H National Youth Science Day combines cars, calculators and cell phones in an experiment that shows the science behind a pressing problem among U.S. teens.
On Monday, Oct. 5, at the Pierce County Courthouse from 4-6 p.m, Pierce County 4-H’ers and invited guests will take part in this year’s NYSD experiment, Motion Commotion, to learn about physics, speed and safety. The Motion Commotion experiment is a two-part science activity that involves every day materials, including a toy car, modeling clay, ruler, calculator and cell phone. In the first phase, youth will construct a simulated runway to analyze the speed, momentum and kinetic energy of a car in motion, and will explore the science behind the car’s collisions. In the second phase, they will lead an experiment that uses the same physics principles to demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving. Anyone interested in 4-H is welcome to attend this invite-a-friend event and come see what 4-H has to offer.
Pierce County 4-H will also have a display board and information about 4-H on display at Leevers Supervalu in Rugby Oct. 4-10.
Additionally, Pierce County 4-H has registered to be part of the Paper Clover fundraiser Oct. 7-18, 2015 at the Minot Tractor Supply Company Store. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Pierce County 4-H invite you to support 4-H by donating a $1 Paper Clover at check out. 100% of each dollar supports 4-H, with 70% of all funds directly supporting local and state 4-H programs in your community. Pierce County 4-H is registered at the Minot TSC store and will receive a portion of the total Paper Clovers sold.
How Does 4-H Work?
The new 4-H year began on Sept. 1. The Pierce County enrollment deadline for eligibility to compete in Achievement Days is Nov. 15.
Any youth ages 5-18 can participate in 4-H. Youth ages 5-7 participate as Cloverbuds on a non-competitive basis. 4-H Members are youth ages 8-18. This age group is part of the competitive program and has full membership in the 4-H program. 4-H members in this age group can be involved in many different activities and events on local and state levels.
A 4-H club is made up of five or more youth from three or more families. Most clubs meet one to two times a month and are typically led by a parent who is a volunteer leader. Meetings usually last about 1-2 hours and include a short business meeting, project work/demonstrations, and social time.
The expectations for membership are a balance between 4-H project work, involvement in the club, participation in activities and events including community service projects, and working toward improving one’s personal growth.
Once a member reaches age 8 or third grade, they can sign up for specific 4-H projects. These projects are a group of hands-on activities, organized activities, and leadership/citizenship activities. Members can sign up for as many projects as they would like with the approval of parents and their 4-H leader.
The Pierce County Extension office is looking forward to the new 4-H year and all the exciting events available for 4-H’ers to participate in. We are excited to have Pierce County 4-H’ers and their families join us in getting involved in National 4-H Week, Multi-County Activity Day, Hippology/Horse Judging, and Shooting Sports to name a few!
New families that would like to join 4H can contact the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5 for more information.
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