4-H of­fers lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties

Rappahannock News - - SCHOOL & SPORTS NEWS - BY JENNY KAPSA

The 2013 4-H year has be­gun! Any­one from 5 to 18 may join 4-H, whose clubs of­fer par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to meet once per month to learn a va­ri­ety of skills in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. Older 4-H mem­bers have a large role in run­ning their clubs; they lead the club meet­ings, and work with club mem­bers to de­ter­mine and plan the ac­tiv­i­ties and community ser­vice projects that the club will lead.

In ad­di­tion to 4-H clubs, 4-H also of­fers three camp­ing pro­grams: a sum­mer camp, an overnight camp and a week­end win­ter camp. These camps are some of the most af­ford­able, high qual­ity camp­ing pro­grams around. Campers spend their days par­tic­i­pat­ing in a va­ri­ety of work­shops, games and spe­cialty pro­grams. Reg­is­tra­tion for the win­ter camp will be avail­able in Jan­uary, with the sum­mer camp reg­is­tra­tion be­gin­ning Feb. 1.

Spe­cial trips and ac­tiv­i­ties are also of­fered. Last year, the Rap­pa­han­nock/Culpeper 4-H Community Club of­fered a Jin­gle Bell 5K run in Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton and a trip to Rich­mond on a char­tered bus for 4-H State Capi­tol Day in Fe­bru­ary. Forty-eight peo­ple went to Rich­mond and were able to meet with state rep­re­sen­ta­tives and tour the capi­tol be­fore vis­it­ing the Vir­ginia Mu­seum of Fine Arts. These two pro­grams will be of­fered again this year, as well as a trip to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. to at­tend the Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing fes­ti­val in April.

If you are in­ter­ested in of­fer­ing a work­shop, lead­ing a 4-H club, get­ting in­volved in 4-H, reg­is­ter­ing your child or sim­ply learn­ing more, please contact 4-H Co­or­di­na­tor Jenny Kapsa at the Ex­ten­sion of­fice at 540-675-3619.

The 2013 4-H clubs

The Amissville Community Club (ages 9-18) meets at 6 p.m. at the Bethel Bap­tist Church in Amissville. Kids in this club do a va­ri­ety of things; there is no spe­cific fo­cus. They may make a craft, try a new recipe or play games – the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. Jen­nifer Gray, fondly known as “Mama G,” has led this 4-H club for more than 20 years.

The 4-H Clover­bud Club (ages 5-8) meets from 3:30 to 5 the sec­ond Mon­day of each month at the RCES cafe­te­ria. The first

Clover­bud meet­ing is Oct. 8. Jill Atkins and her sis­ter Jenny Snead are the lead­ers of this pop­u­lar 4-H club. Kids will en­joy par­tic­i­pat­ing in many ac­tiv­i­ties that in­clude cook­ing, crafts, singing songs and play­ing games.

4-H Crafts with a Cause (ages 5-18) meets from 3:30 to 5 the first Mon­day of each month at the RCES cafe­te­ria. Par­tic­i­pants will make two crafts at a time; one for them to keep and the other to do­nate to a char­ity or to sell at the Christ­mas bazaar. Vickie Miller, Tami Rug­ge­rio and Rebekka Ko­rte are the lead­ers of this 4-H club .

The Ju­nior Mas­ter Gar­den­ers Club (4th-7th graders) meets from 4 to 5:30 twice a month at the Moun­tain Lau­rel Montes­sori School in Flint Hill. The next meet­ing is Oct. 12. Bus #26 will take chil­dren from the RCES to Moun­tain Lau­rel. A note of per­mis­sion to ride the bus is re­quired from par­ents. Club mem­bers will par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties that will lead them to be­come cer­ti­fied Ju­nior Mas­ter Gar­den­ers. Ac­tiv­i­ties will be led by cer­ti­fied Mas­ter Gar­den­ers Jen Rat­ti­gan ( who leads the Farm to Ta­ble pro­gram) and Mark Cup­pett, who is a teacher and the farm man­ager at Moun­tain Lau­rel Montes­sori.

The 4-H Rap­pa­han­nock/ Culpeper Community Club ( ages 13-18) meets at the Ex­ten­sion of­fice. Club mem­bers will fo­cus on mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence in their community by be­ing aware of the needs of community mem­bers and do­ing what they can to make a pos­i­tive im­pact on peo­ple’s lives. Last year, club mem­bers held a 5K run/walk and or­ga­nized a 4-H trip to the state capi­tol that nearly all RCES sev­en­th­graders at­tended. Meet­ing times are TBD.

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