4-H Youth Development
The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished, through "hands on" learning experiences, focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.
Exploring and discovering, encouraging and challenging, that's what Georgia 4-H is all about. As a program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension System, 4-H is part of the nationwide Extension network.
4-H'ers are known for sharing their research-based knowledge and technology to people where they live and work. 4-H combines federal, state, and local expertise and resources.
The 2018-2019 4-H year will officially begin club meetings in September. This year we hope to meet 4th, 5th and 6th graders monthly as well as 7th and 8th grades. 7th and 8th graders need to be working on their projects and portfolios. Now is a good time to come into the office and get help. If you have not decided on a project, now is the time. Go to the 4-H web page and look at the list.
Some of the up coming events will be the Georgia National Fair in Perry October 4-14, 2018. Go to their website and you will find many events for 4-H students to enter. Remember to let the office know if you plan to participate in these events. Trick or Treat on Main St. will be October 31st (Wednesday). The 4-H Jr. and Sr. members will be painting faces and handing out candy. Holiday Card Contest entries will be due in the office by October 2. You will be given the information at the 1st 4-H meeting in September. Other events will be listed as they are planned.
If you plan to show pigs in the Spring Show in both the local and State Show in Perry, please call the office and let us know your intentions. We want to make sure everyone gets the correct and timely informtion. You must call us! 912-496-2040.
The 4-H Decorated Pumpkin Contest will be held on October 13th in conjunction with the Okefenokee Festival. Pumpkins will be required to be at the downtown location by 10:00 AM. They will be judged during the parade. Anyone missing the drop off time of 10:00 AM will not be judged. Please make sure you are on time. Traiffic will not be allowed on Main Street after 8:00 AM. You will have to walk you pumpkin to the booth. Plan ahead!
Rena Potter and Stacey Webb are working on getting a 4-H Horse Club started this year. If you are interested in being a member, please call the office 912-496-2040 and give us your information. The meetings will be the on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 6-7 PM at the Extension Office Meeting Room. The parents meeting will be held on Sept. 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM. Children must have a parent's permission to participate. Please plan to attend the first meeting with your child.
The Okefenokee Agriculture Fair is scheduled for November 6th through November 10th in Waycross, GA. If you would like to do a 4-H Mini Booth this year, please call the office (496-2040) and give us your name and contact information. We are given a certain number of spaces for each age division and these will be first come first served. They are not hard to do and we are here to help you. Call today!