4-H: What is it really all about?
4-H is a non-profit organization for youth ages 9-20. There are clubs in over 50 countries all over the globe! Each club has projects for members to participate in. Equine, beef, and photography are just a few of many
projects available to members. However, 4-H is about much more than that. 4-H also teaches you important qualities like citizenship, leadership, responsibility, and life skills. There are organized meetings every month, Communications (speeches, display boards, etc.), Judging Rallies, and Achievement Days, where we show all our hard work and achieve with our project.
4-H clubs serve the community as much as we can. For example, every year the Beatton Community does a ditch clean up along the Alaska Highway near Charlie Lake. We have also made birdhouses with the seniors at Peace Villa.
Every member is required to complete a record book along with their project. In this book, all project details are recorded. For example, if you are doing a project on an animal, you have to keep record of feed and supplies, goals, training and learning experiences, as well as all expenses.
Achievement Days bring a close to the 4-H year, and normally take place in early July. The purpose of Achievement Days is to evaluate the member’s work, recognize members and leaders for their hard work, and to educate the public about 4-H. We must groom our animals and show them to a judge in various ways. If we are in a club that does not involve an animal such at photography, we must put together a presentation.
— Emilia Dyksterhuis, club reporter, and Maryn Hewitt, junior club reporter