4H is a wonderful organization for youth. This organization has projects not only in agriculture (which it is well known for), but also in other areas such as sewing, crafts, leather crafting, wood working, shooting sports, cooking, etc. Whatever the area of interest, there is most likely a project for it.
4H teaches youth not only about their project, but also about leadership skills, community service, working with others, organizational skills, and so much more. The 4H leaders are there to teach and guide the members.
4H works in conjunction with Penn State and the local Co-operative Extension Offices.
Throughout the year, the members work on their projects and get to display them at the annual 4H Fair in the summertime.
I got involved in 4H when my son and daughter became members of a local horse club. That was 23 years ago. Now that they are grown and on their own, I am still involved in it. (I think I am showing my age.) I am still in touch with some of the 4H members that grew up with my kids. It’s amazing how relationships build in such an organization.
What I enjoy most about being a leader of a 4H club, is that I get to teach about what I love most to the next generation with the same interest. Plus, it’s a great feeling to see them progress in their field of interest and grow and mature to the point where they begin helping each other.
By the way, the 4 h’s in 4H stand for head, heart, hands and health in case you were wondering.
My club membership is growing and I still have room for more members. If anyone has an interest in becoming a member of a horse club, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . If horses are not your interest, but would like to join a different club, contact the Northampton County Extension Office at 610-746-1970.