4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, science, citizenship and life skills, enabling kids to have fun, meet new people, learn new skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals. It’s where kids learn by doing cool things!
If you’ve heard that 4-H is only for farm families, think again. However, they do farm and animal science programs also! 4-H reaches youngsters in suburbs, and rural areas; in fact, 4-H is the largest youth organization in the world. Anyone ages eight to 18 may participate in the 4-H Youth Development Programs in Bucks County. Activities include club meetings, project round-ups, tours, trips, community service, special interest programs, overnight and day camps, club officers and leadership training.
There are over 30 traditional 4-H clubs in Bucks County that do a multitude of projects such as sewing and textiles, knitting, woodworking, rocketry, electricity, foods, plants, computers, wildlife, natural resources, photography, crafts, health, fitness, gardening, dog training, camping, citizenship and leadership development. Their animal science club programs include horses, sheep, pigs, goats, dairy cows, poultry, beef cattle, alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs.
Short-term 4-H classes include pet care, public speaking, veterinary science and shooting sports for archery, rifle and shotgun.
All completed club and short-term projects may be exhibited each summer during the 4-H Round-Up at the Middletown Grange Fair in Bucks County. After school 4-H Clubs offer educational materials and training for after school staff at sites in Bucks County.
Need something fun to do over the summer? 4-H day camps are offered at different county locations with a wide variety of fun and exciting programs.
For more information about participating in or volunteering with Bucks County 4-H programs, call Penn State Extension 215-345-3283 or visit their website at http://bucks.extension.psu.edu.