4-H offers life skills, opportunities
Where can you find a safe organization in which your children will learn important life skills and good character traits? The answer is in the 4-H program. In Queen Anne’s County, we have fourteen 4-H clubs. Each club has a volunteer adult club leader who has gone through a training program to ensure that they are qualified and safe to work with your children.
4-H is well known for its agricultural and animal husbandry roots. What many people do not realize is that 4-H offers much more than those opportunities.
Members are able to pursue nearly any interest that they may have. Along with that, they are learning the life skills of public speaking, record keeping, teamwork and community service, just to name a few. 4-H also embraces the Six Pillars of Character Counts that the school system is now engaged in.
There are project areas in photography, aerospace, electricity, sewing, gardening, food and nutrition, arts and crafts, woodworking, natural resources, entomology and many more. Along with those are the popular projects of the larger animals of horse and pony, beef, dairy, sheep, swine and goats. Gaining popularity are the smaller animal projects such as rabbits and cavies, poultry, dogs and other small pets. The possibilities are endless.
All youth ages 5 through 18 (as of Jan. 1 of the current year) are welcome and encouraged to join a 4-H Club. For a mere $10 a year, children will gain valuable life skills and have lots of fun at the same time. There are opportunities to join team activities that may reach the goals of national competition and opportunities to engage in leadership conferences and activities that may also go beyond the borders of our state.
For more information about the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Program, call 410-758-0166. The University of Maryland is a land grant university and QAC Extension and 4-H are a part of that system. You may also check our state website at www. extension. umd. edu. From there you can access 4-H in each of the Maryland counties and Baltimore City.
Sally Rosenberry is the 4-H Program Assistant for Queen Anne’s County.