Each year 4-H awareness teams visit all Big Walnut School District third-grade classrooms in March to explain what 4-H is and the family-oriented opportunities offered by joining a 4-H club.
During the classroom visits, club advisers share information about how to join 4-H.
Last week, eastern Delaware County 4-H adviser Donna Morton visited Hylen Souders Elementary School, encouraging third-graders to consider 4-H as a fun and educational activity to participate in outside of school.
Morton explained that 4-H projects range from the traditional animal and agricultural-related projects, to projects that members living a more urban lifestyle can participate in, like plants, shooting sports, sewing and cooking.
“Children from 5 to 18 years old can join 4-H,” Morton said. “Projects get progressively harder as 4-H club members get older. Younger members who are not in third grade yet are known as Cloverbuds. They do activities, but not projects for the fair.”
Morton also talked about 4-H camp, where camp participants learn about history, pioneer life and nature. At camp, there’s swimming and other activities, including teamwork games and canoeing.
The 2016 deadline for joining an area 4-H club and enrolling a project for the 2016 4-H season is Friday, April 15.
Two 4-H open houses are scheduled. A 4-H open house will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Galena United Methodist Church, 2777 Sunbury Road, Galena; and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, the OSU Extension will host an open house at the extension office, 149 N. Sandusky St. in Delaware.
Delaware County supports about 65 4-H clubs that involve almost 1,300 youths, ages 5 to 19, and more than 327 adult volunteers; and 4-H volunteers contribute more than 15,000 hours of time to teach life skills, such as leadership, decision-making and communication skills through project work.
Delaware County 4-H club members take on more than 3,000 projects each year.
For more information, contact the OSU Extension office at 740-833-2030 or visit its website at delaware.osu.edu/.
4-H family guides are available at Community Library in Sunbury.
Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.