4-H activities are designed for learning by doing, and they are also designed to be fun!
What is a 4-H club and how do I join?
You may think 4-H is for children who live on farms. That was true in the past, but now there are 4-H clubs in every part of the country - in rural areas, in suburban neighborhoods and in cities! Boys and girls join 4-H because it provides opportunities to work and play with friends, to learn and do interesting things and to develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
- A 4-H club is an organized group of youth (ages 5-19) with elected officers and a planned program that is conducted throughout the year.
- Clubs are led by volunteer leaders and may focus on one or more project areas.
- Club officers conduct monthly organizational meetings using parliamentary procedures.
- Members participate in a variety of learning experiences in their organizational meeting and project meetings. There is emphasis on community service and learning leadership skills. All clubs are focused on positive youth development.
- 4-H Cloverbud Clubs are designed for children ages 5-8. In a Cloverbud Club, there is great emphasis on parent involvement and support.
- Groups are led by adult volunteers and focus on learning-by-doing curriculum. These clubs are small and conduct non-competitive activities.
- Participating members are encouraged to develop and progress at their own speed.
When and where do 4-H clubs meet?
- Clubs meet in homes, conference rooms, schools or churches.
- Some clubs meet during the day and others meet in the evening.
- Clubs meet on weekdays or on the weekend.
- Almost every area of Prince William County has a 4-H club.
- A club usually has one club meeting and one project meeting or activity each month.
- New members can join any time during the year.
- Some clubs meet all year, while others do not hold regular meetings after the school year ends.
What do 4-H members do?
- Club members learn by completing 4-H projects. There are project books that interest youth in a wide variety of topics such as animals, cooking, sewing, technology, plants, the arts, the environment, robotics, photography and woodworking. The list goes on and on.
- In a 4-H Club, kids can participate in 4-H projects, community service projects, contests, conferences, camps and events sponsored by the county, district, state and national 4-H organizations. A 4-H'er can look forward to new and different 4-H experiences as he or she gets older.
Now, are you ready to join?
- Call the 4-H office in Prince William County (703-792-6286) or e-mail to learn about the club nearest you.
- We will forward your inquiry directly to a leader who will provide information about the club.
- If you do not live near a club, let's start one in your area! You may have several friends who would like to join and one or two adults who would volunteer to lead your club. Contact our office; new volunteer 4-H leaders will be provided with all the information and training they need.
Start a 4-H Club In Prince William County in 5 Easy Steps
Step 1: Getting Started - Contact the Prince William County 4-H Office. Tell us your interest in 4-H and your needs. You will be invited to come to the 4-H office to talk about 4-H possibilities and the leader training process. Attend leader training—two, two-hour sessions.
Step 2: Tell the 4-H Story! - Tell families in your community about 4-H—you might hold an informational meeting with help from the 4-H staff. Tell of the opportunities available through 4-H. Explain how a 4-H club operates. Use 4-H materials to educate. You can get these from the 4-H office.
Step 3: Create a Strong Support Base - Recruit adult volunteers and teens to help organize the 4-H club. Ask people directly to take specific jobs in the club. Explain the roles of adult volunteers: Organizational Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Project Leaders, Activity Leaders.
Step 4: Conduct a4-H Club - Organizational Meetings Get your club started right! Encourage members to select a club name. Establish meeting times and place. Complete enrollment forms. Develop a club annual plan. Organize project groups. Discuss club rules. Elect club officers. Form committees.
Step 5: Keeping the Club Strong! - Get to know all 4-H curriculum possibilities for your project areas. Conduct regular organizational and project meetings. Establish good youth-adult partnerships. Allow youth to make decisions. Establish a good communication network with club members and families. Share information about current 4-H opportunities and events Involve club members in county, district, state, national and international 4-H activities. Recognize achievement. Building community relations. Seek and receive support from 4-H staff and other 4-H leaders.
4-H All Stars
4-H All Stars is an honor/service organization. Membership in 4-H All Stars is the highest recognition that a Virginia 4-H'er can achieve. Virginia 4-H All Stars is service oriented and volunteer operated.
Purpose of 4-H All Stars
To contribute to positive youth development through "service" to the 4-H program of which they are a part. The 4-H program becomes the springboard from which an All Star jumps to other areas of service to people throughout his/her lifetime. The 4-H All Star organization strives for a cooperative effort with the 4-H program in all areas.
Together We Serve
Membership in the Virginia Chapter of 4-H All Stars is a distinct privilege and high honor. Throughout the years, 4-H members across the state have grown and learned with the incentive of All Star membership as a goal. While it is a goal to be chosen as an All Star, the real advantage of membership is in serving the 4-H program and the community in which you live.
Virginia Chapter of 4-H All Stars is a tremendous source of both teen and adult leaders who are actively involved in expanding and enhancing the 4-H program throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The motto of 4-H All Stars is Service. Each of you will have many opportunities to be involved in 4-H program planning, implementing, evaluating and reporting. Many will have opportunities to serve on advisory committees, to raise funds, to lead 4-H clubs and groups and to speak on behalf of 4-H. You are a vital element in enhancing the future of 4-H in Virginia.
We are proud of our Virginia 4-H All Stars. Many of those who have been tapped in previous years continue to provide unselfish, effective service to 4-H through a variety of leadership roles. We are pleased to sense a growing eagerness among recently tapped All Stars to become active in seeking out areas of service important to the betterment of mankind.
All Stars, both collectively and individually, are invited to take part in 4-H educational programs both as learners and teachers. Working together we can make 4-H a dynamic youth development educational program for the entire state. Together we will strive for greater understanding, patience, dedication, and unselfish service to 4-H and to our fellowman.
4-H Virginia Cooperative
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Manassas VA 20109
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