“Discover Yourself in Adams County 4-H!” is the theme of this year’s Adams County 4-H Week, set for Sunday, Jan. 19, through Saturday, Jan. 25. Throughout this week local 4-H members and their families will be celebrating their involvement in 4-H and getting geared up for the coming busy 4-H season. They’ll also be recruiting new members and families to the program.
The Adams County Commissioners issued a resolution declaring Jan. 19-25 as Adams County 4-H Week at their meeting on Monday, January 13. 4-H advisors Teresa Lewis, Heather Simpkins, and Kimberly Baker accompanied several of the county’s 4-H members to the meeting, where Commissioners learned more about the 4-H program. Emily and Molly Bauman, Peebles; Bonnie Simpkins, Seaman; Jarred Dhonau, West Union; and Joel Colón, Peebles, were among the 4-H members present. Dhonau, Emily Bauman, and Colón are all Ohio 4-H Ambassadors.
Molly Bauman, Simpkins, and Colón serve as youth representatives to the Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee. All spoke on the role 4-H has in their lives, teaching them leadership, decision making, communication, and other valuable life skills, as well as skills and knowledge related to their project work. They agreed that among the highlights of their annual 4-H experience are participating in the Adams County Fair, camping or counseling at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, or representing 4-H at the Ohio State Fair.
During 4-H week, members and advisors will make presentations about 4-H to third and fourth graders. Students will receive basic 4-H information, a list of area clubs, and information about the 2014 summer 4-H camps. Camps are open to all interested youth, even if they do not elect to join a local 4-H club. Again this year, students will also receive 4-H promotional pencils. 4-H information will also be available at the local libraries and at other locations throughout Adams County.
4-H members develop a wide variety of life skills, develop lifelong hobby and career interests, and acquire project-related knowledge and skills. They attend club meetings; elect officers and work together to plan club activities, fund raisers, and community service projects; complete project work; and attend countywide clinics, camps, and activities. The highlight of the program for many 4-H members is the annual Adams County Fair, where members exhibit their projects and receive feedback and recognition for their work.
Several activities and events will be featured during this year’s 4-H Week. Some clubs are planning window displays in area businesses to promote the 4-H program. Members will be encouraged to wear a 4-H club shirt to school on Wednesday, to show their 4-H spirit. And, club advisors will gather at the OVCTC on Thursday evening for their annual program update. They will receive information and supplies needed to get their clubs off to a great start, in anticipation of the March 1 Adams County 4-H enrollment deadline.
4-H is the positive youth development program of The Ohio State University, and its programs and activities are open to all youth ages 5 and in kindergarten through age 18 as of January 1 without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.
There are more than 25 community-based 4-H clubs in Adams County, led by more than 150 active and committed adult volunteers. Youth may join 4-H at any time throughout the year, but they must be enrolled in a club by March 1 in order to exhibit projects, including animals, in the current year’s Adams County Fair. Contact OSU Extension Adams County at 544.2339 or visit our website at http://adams.osu.edu for more information, to volunteer, or for the name and contact information for a 4-H club near you.