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Why 4-H? Let's count the reasons

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By Renate Jobst

Have you considered entering your child in 4-H yet? It is available to all youth from kindergarten through 12th grade.

What is 4-H?

Joining a club to find out there are a lot of new friends to meet ... more than 400 of them throughout the county.

Trying new projects and activities and learning things about yourself as you have fun.

Baking your first batch of cookies for a judge.

Pledging your head, heart, hands and health for the betterment of your community, your country and your world.

Earning a ribbon on an exhibit that you made yourself.

Going to the 4-H Fair July 11-18 and having a great time.

Finding out that there are great adult volunteers in your community who care about you. There are more than 100 volunteer leaders in the county and more than 13,500 across the state.

Taking trips to new and exciting places.

Learning to help, caring for others and having them care about you.

Competing for scholarships that help pay for college.

Being chosen as a grand champion or getting a red ribbon and learning how to do better next time.

Having fun at state levels with some of the 170,000 people your age who are in Indiana 4-H clubs.

Going to the Indiana State Fair and competing with the best 4-H club members in the state.

Becoming a leader with the skill and courage to lead others.

Showing your talents like singing, dancing, gymnastics and acting in the Share the Fun Contest.

Learning new hobbies like building models, counted crossstitch and woodworking.

Building confidence in yourself as you find a whole new world of things you are good at and like to do.

Visiting Washington, D.C., and learning more about our nation's capital.

Getting involved with a great youth-development organization.

Call us at 547-7084, or stop by 125 S. Eighth St. in Cannelton and find out what 4-H has to offer you. 

Also, check out our 4-H Facebook page. Just search for Perry County Indiana 4-H and join us. The 4-H enrollment target date is May 3, so enroll today.

Jobst is Perry County's extension educator for 4-H and youth development.