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4-H is more than showing farm animals


Calum MacLaughlin was helping move forage back into reach for the Holsteins at MacLaughlin Farm in Tamworth area during 4-H Farm Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 in Lennox and Addington County. (Postmedia Network files)

A new year can mean resolutions and resolutions can mean trying something new. If you or someone you know are between the ages of eight to 21 and are looking for some new experiences, why not consider 4-H?

A new year can mean resolutions, and resolutions can mean trying something new. If you or someone you know is between the ages of eight to 21 and is looking for some new experiences, why not consider 4-H?

The club is not just about showing farm animals, although that is something you can do, but not the only thing.

A non-profit, positive youth development organization, 4-H spans 70 countries and all 10 Canadian provinces.

For over a century, 4-H Ontario has been working to build youth as leaders within their communities and assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today 4-H Ontario is open to all youth across the province of all backgrounds. In 4-H, youth and screened and engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun, hands-on activities and mentorship.

There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions, and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more.

4-H provides youth with a place where they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable leadership and life skills.

Each chapter comprises a minimum of six 4-H members and two trained, screened volunteers who act as club leaders. The club decides on a topic and, through leader instruction, enjoys hands-on learning. Members and volunteers can belong to as many clubs as they wish.

In 2019, Chatham-Kent 4-H had the following clubs: Barn Quilt, Archery, Horse, Field Crop, Plowing, Sheep, Dairy, Beef, Rabbit, Sugarbeet, Bike, Lego, Sporting Chance, Woodworking, Baking, Walk on the Wildside, Veterinary, Poultry, Farm Toy, Canning, Trash to Treasure, Lifeskills, and Maple Syrup.

Regular 4-H is open to everyone ages 10 to 21. If you are between eight and 10, you can join Cloverbuds, an introduction to 4 H.

Chatham Kent 4-H is having its annual rally night on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rudy Brown Gymnasium at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph. Rally night is signup night for 4-H, where you can learn about all the clubs that will be offered for the coming year.

More information can be found by emailing chathamkent4H@gmail.com or by checking out their website at 4-hontario.ca/4h-in-my-area/chatham-kent.aspx.

Source: The Chatham Daily News


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