4-H celebrates a century of ‘learning by doing’
For generations, 4-H clubs have been a big part of rural life.
For 100 years, 4-H Ontario volunteers, members, and staff have worked together to create one of the foremost leadership programs for youth.
Across Canada, the movement consists of 25,000 members and 7,700 volunteers.
In 2015, 4-H Ontario marks its century year, celebrating the remarkable success of a program that remains as popular today as it was back in its earliest years.
A committee of 4-H Ontario staff and volunteers is working on provincial-level celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the organization. Many 4-H Associations are also planning local celebrations to mark this significant point in time. Provincial celebration plans include:
A commemorative 2015 anniversary calendar, Canada's Wonderland celebration day for members, volunteers and alumni, a gala dinner in conjunction with the 2015 International Plowing Match in Finch, an historical publication, with an anticipated launch date of June.
A Century Of 4-H Ontario
A look back in time at some key points in the history of 4-H in Ontario: 1913 - 4-H is established in Canada 1915 - The birth of 4-H in Ontario 1952 - 4-H in Canada gets its name and identity: the 4-H logo and name were adopted by 4-H Canada to reflect the four H's in the pledge. 1988 & 1998 - Formation of Ontario 4-H Council
and Ontario 4-H Foundation 2000 - Major changes as 4-H Ontario goes “inde
pendent” 2005 - Improvements for a stronger 4-H Ontario
involve new governance model 2015 - A milestone year for 4-H Ontario
5 Questions With...
Are you a 4-H member, volunteer or alumni with an interesting story to share? Have you been enjoying your experience as a member? Have you volunteered with some amazing clubs and exciting events? Have you graduated from 4-H and gone on to do great things?
If so, this is your chance to share your 4-H memories and stories to the 4-H community by answering a quick five questions.
Download a form at 4hontario.ca Questions: Why did you join 4-H? What clubs, camps, opportunities etc. have you participated or volunteered in? How has 4-H changed your life? What's your favourite 4-H memory? What do you do outside of 4-H? (hobbies, school, career, etc.)
The Birth of 4-H Programs
Since 4-H began in Canada more than 100 years ago, it has become the nation’s largest youth development organization. The 4-H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy.
4-H opened the door for young people to learn leadership skills and revolutionized how youth connected to practical, hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom.
Today, 4-H serves youth in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the nation. 4-H'ers are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. 4-H out-of-school programming, in-school enrichment programs, clubs and camps also offer a wide variety of STEM opportunities – from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science – to improve our ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.
I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, and my HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
The Maxville Holstein Spring Show opens with the open 4-H showmanship calf show.