4-H Youth Development

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Do you need an experience that produces positive results? Would you like to learn about robotics, fly fishing, rock climbing, gun safety or even wildlife species? 4-H has it all - a learning experience that's hands-on while still having fun.

There are camps in the spring and summer which include entrepreneur, whep, and forestry. There are 4-H competitive and noncompetitive activities on the county, district and state levels. Youth ages 5-19 are invited to join the 4-H extravaganza in deciding what their next adventure will be.

The 4-H symbol is the four-leaf clover with an "H" on each leaf. The four "Hs" stand for head, heart, hands and health. The head is to think, plan and reason with, heart is to be kind, to be true, to be sympathetic, hands are to give larger service which is to be useful, to be helpful and to be skillful and health is for better living while resisting disease, to enjoy life and to make for efficiency.

4-H offers a wide range of learning avenues that cater to just about any youth. If youth want to know how to give a presentation effectively, how to do a resume that counts, step into a world that enhances one's knowledge while building character.

4-H in Mississippi County is alive and wants to thrive even more. Mississippi County has 11 active clubs: Blytheville Bookworms- Rhoda Yost, Future Farmers 4-H Club-Kelley Lammers, King Cotton-Melissa Anderson, Future Children's Ministry-Toni Franklin, Dell Cotton Time- Amanda Crosskno-Beaird, Horse Shoes Riding 4-H Club-Laurie Conder, Osceola Seminoles-Deloris Prince, Teen Leader Club-Deloris Prince, 4-H Shooting Sports Club-Mindy Simpson, Mississippi County Youth Leaders- H.S. counselors and members-at-large.

Summer Winstead, Susan Winstead, Glenda Craine, Kyle Simpson and Oscar Woods are all 4-H volunteer leaders in Mississippi County. 4-H also has a program geared at military kids. There is educational information for military families who want to join 4-H along with camps.

The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture 4-H program teaches 4-Hers how to think, how to keep accurate records in project work, and the learn-by-doing aspect which is fundamental in the development of life skills that will mold youth of today into responsible adults of tomorrow. Anyone interested in becoming a 4-H leader or a 4-Her may contact Torya Fields-Woods by email at tfields@uaex.edu or by phone at (870) 762-2075.

The 4-H Program-Youth offers all of its programs to anyone regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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