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How is 4-H organized?
Many people think of 4-H as an independent organization. 4-H is a national youth development program delivered by Cooperative Extension , through the United States Department of Agriculture.
4-H Extension Staff members are supported with resources from Land Grant Universities across the nation. Just take a look at our research-based curriculum and you can feel complete confidence in 4-H as a sound, educational organization. And, we've been around for over 100 years!
Your 4-H Extension Educators work for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and serve as faculty members for the University, the Land Grant University in Nebraska. The extension staff members who give primary leadership to the Cuming County 4-H Program are below.
Melissa Nordboe, Extension Assistant
Parent & Guardian Roles
4-H is a family program, a place where parents and children can learn and grow together. In 4-H, you, as the parent or guardian, are very important. You are always invited and encouraged to participate in all 4-H club activities. We recognize every family's schedule is different and you may not be able to attend every club function, but there are many different ways that you can contribute to your child's 4-H group.
Your 4-H club leader will want to know about your interests and talents, and how you would like to support your child's 4-H group. Because 4-H has so many diverse experiences, we have discovered that every adult can find a parent volunteer role that matches their interests and the club's needs. Some possible helping roles include providing refreshments, supplies, or other resources for a club meeting. Helping members with their projects, chaperoning a club field trip, organize the club's service project, or coordinating the club's end-of-the-year recognition program are some more hands on ways you can become involved. Your club leader may have other suggestions.
As a parent or guardian, these are the following roles you will want to try and fulfill:
- Provide transportation for your child to and from 4-H events.
- Help your child learn to recite the 4-H pledge.
- Attend 4-H club functions with your child whenever possible. Children 5-7 (Clover Kid members) should always have a parent or guardian attend meetings with them.
- Guide your child as they select a 4-H project and help them develop goals that are challenging, but also realistic. Encourage their project work by making it a family learning experience.
- If your child serves in a leadership role within the club, help him/her fulfill the duties of the office.
- Read the weekly Cuming County 4-H s'more so you will know the details of upcoming special events, dates and deadlines. You will automatically start receiving this publication when you or your child enroll in a 4-H club.
- If you have online access, visit the county 4-H website for the latest information and resources at:
- The 4-H staff will provide countywide training on portfolios, presentations, project workshops and other core 4-H learning experiences. Try to participate in these classes and workshops. By understanding more about our various 4-H programs, you can help your child excel and take advantage of all that 4-H has to offer.
- Attend your club's end-of-the-year celebration with your child, and attend the county wide 4-H Achievement Celebration as a family. Recognition always means more to children when their family is there to share it with them.
Frequently Asked Questions
The –H's– stand for: head, heart, hands, and health. Club members pledge their Head, Heart, Hands, and Health (the four H's) as they recite the 4-H pledge at meetings.
my head to clearer thinking
my heart to greater loyalty
my hands to larger service, and
my health to better living, for
my club, my community,
my country, and my world
–To Make the Best Better–
The 4-H colors are green and white.
4-H began in the early 1900's as Corn Clubs for boys and Canning Clubs for girls. Although the program has changed a lot through the years, it has always been a program designed to help children become productive members of their communities. The national 4-H program celebrated its 100th birthday in 2002.
No, although 4-H began as a program for rural children, today 4-H is available for ALL YOUTH whether they live on a farm, or in the city.
No, all 4-H clubs are open to both boys and girls.
Children can join a 4-H club as soon as they are five by January 1 of the current year and they can stay involved until their final year of eligibility–the year they are 18 on January 1. In addition, many colleges offer collegiate 4-H clubs, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!
The 4-H year begins in February with the Nebraska 4-H and Cuming County month and continues through the following November. The 4-H year kicks off with 4-H month in April. Youth work all year long to complete projects to enter in the County Fair. Then, the year ends with a county wide 4-H Achievement Celebration in November.
Yes, each club will establish their own –cut off– date for accepting new members for the year. However, all youth must be enrolled with the Nebraska Extension 4-H Office by June 15 to be eligible to exhibit in the Cuming County Fair, or any competitive 4-H events.
4-H clubs operate best when the members are in a similar age group, preferably within a couple of years of each other. However, some clubs operate with children from a wide variety of ages. It is a little more challenging to keep everyone–s interest when there is a wide age span, but there are also the benefits of younger youth learning from the knowledge and example of older youth, and the leadership opportunities for older youth.
Youth ages five to eight are known in 4-H as Clover Kids. These children are full 4-H members and can participate in a wide range of programs and activities, including the fair. However, because research has shown that competition at this age is detrimental, Clover kid members are not allowed to participate in competitive events. These Members do participate in many contest and receive participation ribbons. Their work just isn't judged– and compared to other children's work.
There is a $5.00 county membership fee that is paid at the time of the June 15 enrollment deadline. If you are planning to exhibit livestock there is an additional fee for ear tags ($2.75 EID, $1.00 county only) and DNA samples ($7.00 a piece). Depending on your 4-H project, the cost will vary according to your supply needs.
The Cuming County 4-H weekly emailed s'more newsletter and webpage will give you all the details about upcoming programs.
WELCOME PACKETS WITH MORE INFORMATION
This "Welcome Packet" is full of valuable information that will help in making your first few years in 4-H a bit easier. We hope that all of your questions are answered in this packet, or it will help you to find the information you need.
New 4-H member Welcome Packet (ages 8-18 as of January 1 of the current year)
Clover Kid Welcome Packet (ages 5-7 as of January 1 of the current year)