Extension Notes …

Posted November 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

4-H Beekeepers club meeting

If you are interested in learning more information about potentially becoming involved with beekeeping, we will be having an informative meeting about the steps, costs, and fun that you can have starting your own project.

The meeting will take place at the Extension Office on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 PM. Our 4-H Beekeeping volunteer, Val Lulaks, will lead the discussion with other members of the Clinton County Beekeepers.

This meeting is purely informational, but those who are serious about starting a project will begin to order supplies and meet regularly to discuss beekeeping techniques.

Feel free to call the office at 387-5404 for more information or email brandon.pharis@uky.edu

Sewing Club Update

Our Sewing Club members are making great progress! So far, they have learned the basic notions of sewing, learned to sew buttons and created a season themed button wreath, and they are now beginning to learn how to use the sewing machines! Check out, and remember to Like, our Facebook page in order to see pictures of their progress at facebook.com/ClintonCo4h

Perks of being a 4-H’er

Source: Martha Welch, 4-H youth development specialist

As young people begin to look for ways to spend their summer days, they should look no further than their local 4-H youth development program. Chances are if your young person has an interest, 4-H has a program that explores it. Not only does 4-H provide an opportunity for its members to try something they think they might enjoy, but 4-H programs are designed in a way that 4-H’ers will learn many valuable life skills in the process.

Many 4-H programs are hands-on and take important educational concepts beyond a classroom setting and into the field. 4-H’ers don’t just learn about topics like nutrition or science, they have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by growing a garden or they can design, build and test robots or rockets. Through these programs, they learn how to experiment with new ideas and concepts and to keep trying if their first idea doesn’t succeed. As they complete activities, 4-H’ers gain confidence in themselves and their ability to complete tasks.

As young people participate in various aspects of 4-H, they have the opportunity to meet others who share similar interests and to make new friends from different counties and states.

All 4-H activities are conducted in a safe environment with caring adults. This gives young people an opportunity to develop relationships with these supportive individuals who many times, share similar interests with the youth. Many times our adult volunteers are professionals or experts in a particular field and love sharing their knowledge with young people.

Having meaningful relationships in a safe environment helps 4-H’ers gain confidence to speak about issues and topics that are important to them. In fact, many alumni credit 4-H public speaking opportunities with helping them become successful adults.

In addition to speaking about issues that are important to them, 4-H’ers can make a difference in their communities by taking on a leadership role in a civic engagement project.

4-H offers many avenues for young people to join. Youth can participate in a 4-H club or a special-interest club or by attending camp. Many teachers use 4-H curriculum to enhance their educational offerings in the classroom. 4-H curriculum is also utilized in after-school programs located in schools, churches and community organizations. Young people can also choose to complete a 4-H project on their own under the guidance of an adult family member.

For more information on how 4-H can enrich young people’s lives, contact the 4-H youth development agent at the Clinton County Cooperative Extension Service.

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