4-H of­fers life skills, op­por­tu­ni­ties

Record Observer - - News - By SALLY ROSEN­BERRY

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.

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