|Buckeye Ambassadors announce 4-H Open House|
|Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:31 PM|
BY CHEYENNE OECHSLE
Youth 4-H Ambassador
The open house is a chance for youth, who are interested in joining 4-H, to come and learn more about our organization and find a club that fits them!
4-H is for youth from all different parts of the county and from all different backgrounds. There are clubs scattered throughout the county as well as specialty clubs that focus on certain projects like dairy, leadership and shooting sports. A new specialty club has started this year for members interested in dogs.
4-H is an organization for youth who are 8 years old and in the third grade as of Jan. 1 to the age of 18. There is also a Cloverbud program that children age 5 and in kindergarten may participate in before they are eligible for regular 4-H membership.
Once they are a member, youth can choose from hundreds of projects that fit their interests. They range from photography, cooking and sewing to livestock, rockets and archery. Members get to choose what project they would like to take and can take multiple projects each year if they choose.
4-H also opens up other opportunities for youth like 4-H Camp, the Exchange Club that visits and hosts 4-H youth from other states and much more.
Member Cody Keirns, who has been involved with 4-H for 12 years, has made the majority of his friends through 4-H. Keirns recalls his years as a member.
“4-H has taught me all of my social skills and has made me the person I am today. Camp has always been the highlight and what I look forward to every summer. It’s where all of my best memories come from,” he said.
Keirns has taken multiple projects, including horses, dairy feeders, shooting sports, fishing and is a camp counselor.
Leah Lichtensteiger, who is the reigning 2013 Van Wert County Junior Fair Queen, also shared her experiences.
“4-H has taught me to look at the whole picture and help others as much as possible because you will never know when you will need a helping hand given back. I have also learned to never give up hopes and dreams and I have improved my interview and judging skills through the process of becoming Junior Fair Queen,” she said.
Lichtensteiger is a 10-year member of 4-H. She has taken goats, chickens, turkeys and horses to the fair and is a member of the Junior Fair Board, Ambassadors and CARTeens.
Keirns and Lichtensteiger are just two youth members that have benefited greatly from being 4-H members. They both agree that 4-H has given them confidence and experience to help them in the future as well as great friends and lasting memories. 4-H has helped them give back to their communities.
So mark your calendars for March 4 and discover yourself in 4-H! Please call the OSU Extension Office at 419-238-1214 if you have any questions or need more information.