WATCH NOW: 4-H Is the Backbone of America
The 4-H program is dear to many Americans.
The global 4-H network has changed so many lives since its early beginnings in 1902. Their motto "head, heart, hands, and health" is something many families across America live by.
As a traditional learning program, the 4-H club teaches citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills to youth primarily through raising livestock and providing countless community programs.
And the program is still going strong today with "500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4?'H professionals provides caring and supportive mentoring to all 6 million 4?'H'ers, helping them grow into true leaders today and in life."
Here are some of those young leaders.
1. The bonds are real.
2. The alumni are loyal.
3. Show time is serious time.
Got a #sonyrx100 #pointandshoot pocket camera for family events ... took it to @ky_naile #naile & just goofed with seeing what it would do ... not expecting much real quality ... now the memory card is finally full with baby pics & pics of the little blonde girl's #4h cooking projects.. & look what I found!! Craig & Steph Steck cattle always look like rockstars ... so it's still far from Heidi Anderson's quantity but I'm feeling cool pimping her style on this one #stockshowlife #stockshow #livestockphotos #cattlephotographer #louisville
4. Getting ready for the county fair.
That's a proud 9 year old with her beautiful 4H steer, Timmy. He's doing great on a halter, she's learning to use a show stick and set his feet, he weighs 1275 pounds and our county fair is in about 6 weeks where she will walk him in the auction ring and hopefully make auction where a buyer would bid on him to start her 4H college account. 🐃🍀 #francieheff #4H #headhearthandsandhealth #m5maryfrances #fivemarysfarms #timmythesteer
5. Some fun to be had first.
6. Learning young.
7. Canning is an important skill!
There is always something new to learn here at the Extension! Last night we explored the craft of canning, and it was a blast! We tackled canned green beans, strawberry jam and even pickle.! Keep an eye out for more events like this on our Facebook page! #canning #mccracken4h #kentucky4h #4h #4hgrowshere
8. Learning animal science.
9. Don't forget the Alpacas Club.
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10. Future in farming and agriculture!
11. Making friends wherever they go.
12. Activity is key.
13. Getting excited for the fair!
14. 4-H = Patience
15. Shooting Championship!
16. Learning about dog shows too.
17. Winning feels good!
18. Always learning.
19. So many skills!
20. Show Goatin'
21. 4-H kids are happy kids.
The 4-H community goes back a century and the tradition is strong, it's kinda like the backbone of America. Learn more about your local 4-H chapter here.
Were you in a 4-H program when you were young? Will your kids participate in your local 4-H branch? Tell us in the comments below!
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