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Signups for 4-H underway

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Clay County 4-H Program is seeking youth grades three through senior year interested in joining the fun-filled youth organization.

The organization is a volunteer-based, informal educational program of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. It focuses on "learning by doing," and reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs.

It is the largest youth organization in the nation.

According to past 4-H'ers, they like 4-H most of all for the friends they make, the fun they have, the leadership and responsibility they gain, and the skills they learn.

They have fun with friends at meetings, social activities, community service activities, trips, camps and the county fair.

They can sign up for numerous different projects, including arts and crafts, collections, computers, foods, gardening, legos, photography, scrapbooking and rockets.

There are more than 50 different projects to choose from.

It is easy to enroll in 4-H. Those interested can do it in one of two ways.

The first way is to go online at www.extension.purdue.edu/clay and click on 4-H Youth Development, then click on online enrollment.

Once there, follow the directions to enroll.

The other way is to obtain a paper enrollment form from the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Office and fill it out.

There is a $15 state fee to sign up for 4-H (maximum of $45 per family with three of more children).

When signing up, those doing so will need to select a 4-H club. They may join any club they wish, but it is suggested signing up for one that their friends are in or is located near the home.

There are a few special clubs for some projects.

The enrollment deadline for Clay County 4-H is May 1.

For more information, call the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service at 448-9041.

Mini 4-H information

The Clay County 4-H Program is seeking youth in first- and second-grade to join Mini 4-H.

Mini 4-H is an organization that provides youth the opportunity to see all the benefits they can gain from 4-H before being eligible to be part of the state 4-H program.

There are 17 different projects to choose from, including arts and crafts, forestry, collections, pet animals, photography, rockets and wildlife.

Mini 4-H'ers attend four meetings, which are conducted by the Clay County Junior 4-H Leaders.

They will participate in crafts, recreation, make new friends and receive information about exhibiting their mini projects at the fair.

The fourth meeting consists of a picnic and fun games. Meetings usually last for one hour and parents are encouraged to stay.

Those interested have until May 1 to sign up for Mini 4-H.

There is no fee for Mini 4-H.

Call Sue Urban at the Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 for more information.

The first Mini 4-H meeting will take place in the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m.



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