What is 4-H?

Posted: July 17, 2020

4-H is a youth organization for boys and girls between the ages of 8-18 (as of Sept.1) that offers hands-on learning opportunities through project work and community club involvement. In 4-H there are over 170 different projects that youth can choose from. These projects include cooking, electricity, robotics, sewing, computers, photography, woodworking, art, animals and much more.

The 4-H program emphasizes the importance of “learning by doing” by allowing members the opportunity to select project areas that are of interest to them.

Additionally, the 4-H Cloverbud program is specially designed for young people ages five through seven.

The annual program fee to join 4-H is $20. The new 4-H year begins on Sept.1. There are 14, 4-H clubs and seven 4-H Cloverbud groups in DeKalb County.

The local 4-H program is affiliated with the University of Illinois Extension, DeKalb County. For more information about volunteering or to enroll in 4-H this fall email Nicole Groezinger, 4-H program coordinator, at: groezing@illinois.edu.

Gavin Maxwell is more than ready for 4-H. The 5-year-old Shabbona farm boy loves his animals and hopes to have his mini donkey as a 4-H project. His parents, Emily and Keegan, are anxious for him to join Cloverbuds and the 4-H program.