Join San Juan 4-H for more than cows and sows

  • Tue Nov 13th, 2018 8:06am
  • Life

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More often than not, interested families say that they might like to try 4-H, but they really don’t want to have an animal. The good news is that 4-H is for all young people between the ages of 5 and 18 as of Oct. 1, 2018. Volunteers teach kids from kindergarten until they leave for college how to be good leaders, keep records, give presentations on topics they are passionate about and provide service in their community. At its core, 4-H is about experiential learning (do, reflect, apply) and the four essential elements (belonging, mastery, independence and generosity). Volunteers know that these are some of the most important factors in supporting young people who will grow up to be successful adults and members of in communities. According to research at Tufts University, 4-H participants are two times more likely to be civically active; two times more likely to make healthier choices; and 4-H girls are two to three times more likely to take part in out-of-school science programs compared to their peers.

Here in San Juan County, 4-H strives to offer programs that fit the needs of local kids, and the activities are driven by adults in the community who have been carefully screened. These adults get involved because they care about the kids, not because they are always experts in the subject matter.

Right now, the greatest need is volunteers to lead nonanimal activities. If you have a passion for Legos, photography, fine arts or crafts, volunteers could use your help.

If you would like to get involved, get dates for meeting, or learn more about what 4-H, contact the San Juan County 4-H Program Coordinator Wendy Waxman Kern at the WSU Extension Office at or 360-370-7662.