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    Have any of your kids joined 4-H? I meant to sign my son up this past year, but I just couldn't figure out how to do it. Do I contact a local office first or a group that is already meeting?

    What have been your experiences with this organization? Is there a lot of fundraising?

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    You can do either. If you're not sure who or what your local group is, contact your county extension agent. Search "County Name Extension Office" and when you call, ask to speak to the person in charge of 4-H.

    My kids did "pre-4H" (called explorers here but go under a variety of names) and did 10 years of regular 4-H--3rd through 12th grade. There can be some fundraising, but not as much as I've seen in organized sports and girl/boy scouts.

    What we liked about 4-H is that each kid can pick the project(s) they want. With other organizations, everyone in the group tend to do the same activity, determined by the leader. They can dabble and try it for a year or two, or really get into it and complete the project all 10 years. The difficulty increases as the 4Her gets older. For some projects, workshops are held, especially for some of the trickier ones like cat decorating, model rockets, photography, etc. And keep in mind, there are MANY non-farm-related projects.

    Each club also does service projects. Around here, it's up to the 4Her if he wants to participate or not. These can range all over the place--help at plant sales, cemetery clean up, assist at a local park egg hunt, sort donations at the food pantry on the USPS food drive in May, etc.

    Having been long term 4Hers, my kids also attended camp, were selected to go on a Wash DC citizenship trip, and earned 4H scholarships.

    If you want to know more, just ask! I was never a 4Her myself, but I sure learned a ton while my kids were!
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    We just looked into it and went through email, just google your county extension office. We had a few different groups to choose from in the area but they all only allow new members to start in September so we are stuck waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarah12345 View Post
    We just looked into it and went through email, just google your county extension office. We had a few different groups to choose from in the area but they all only allow new members to start in September so we are stuck waiting.
    That must vary by county and/or state. In our area, one can join at any time. Projects aren't selected until January. Even new members who start after that cut-off can pick projects, but only new members.
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    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Thank you, Carol, for your post! 4-H sounds like something my kid would like. How does working on your own project work? Do they sign up under a general area of interest and then formulate a project? Do they report to a mentor?

    What if your kid is interested in something that does not fall into an area of interest at your local club?
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicsmom View Post
    Thank you, Carol, for your post! 4-H sounds like something my kid would like. How does working on your own project work? Do they sign up under a general area of interest and then formulate a project? Do they report to a mentor?

    What if your kid is interested in something that does not fall into an area of interest at your local club?
    There are so many projects, I don't know how likely it would be that your son would not find his interest(s) represented. Here's a link to the projects available at our local county level. You might find something similar if you google your local county extension office or 4-H office website.

    Take a look at some of the projects. Once you select projects, it's fairly detailed about what can be showed at fair time. It's divided into age ranges, getting progressively more difficult or detailed as the 4-H gets older. There's wiggle room for creativity, of course.

    Each project should have a what's called a project superintendent. Some offer workshops, some don't. Some groups or counties may even keep a list of older, more experienced 4-Hers in a project that are willing to mentor younger ones. It all depends on the groups in an area.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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