Starting up a 4-H program?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by MsPony, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. MsPony

    MsPony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have experience with this? I found out my local 4-H doesn't have animal programs anymore! Back when (like 10 years lol) we had rabbit, chicken, cattle, sheep, etc. Now nothing [​IMG] I would love to start a chicken program, heaven knows I have enough chickens lol!

    Who did you contact?
    Did you have to go through training?
    Were you weekly, bi-monthly or monthly?
    What were some activities?
    Did you teach via their curriculum, yours, or a mix?

    Thanks so much!!

    ETA: I'm in my young twenties, how, as a parent, would you feel about that? I need to know what I'm against here! I've had chickens forever, as my moms had them for 50+ years too she got me started. But I know age, especially a young college student, always takes people back!

    (PS if anyone in Santa Barbara is interested in helping me out with this, let me know!)
     
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  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    4-H is run through the Extension Office, so call your Extension Agent to get information.
     
  3. MsPony

    MsPony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I'll do that tomorrow. Anyone else have answers to the other questions?
     
  4. chickenology

    chickenology Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my son became old enough for 4H last year, I found that I was in the same situation with the lack of a 4H club in my town. I went through the application process to be a 4H volunteer when I was invited to be on the poultry committee last year. Involved a written application, reference letters, interview, and police background check. The process took several months, but once it was all approved I was "allowed" to be an advisor, and start my own group if I wanted to. There is a LOT to learn about 4H (at least in my state), and things have definitely changed since I was in 4H 25 years ago. I would like to have my own group eventually, but elected to join an established group and learn more before I branch out on my own. My town doesn't have a group (other than an equine club), so I drive to another town 25 minutes away to take my son to meetings. We meet twice monthly from January until the end of fair, and do not use a state curriculum (if one exists I am unaware of it). The kids basically run the meetings but the advisor keeps everyone on track and makes sure that all the paperwork and requirements for fair are met. As a parent, I wouldn't have a problem with a twenty-something year old as an advisor, especially if the person had recent 4H experience. I know some 4Hers that get too old to participate any longer and continue to serve as a volunteer in this capacity. Just start the application process early because it can take longer than you would expect to be approved as a 4H advisor. 4H is a really great program, and if there isn't anything available to the kids in your town then that is a shame. I hope this answers some of your questions, and good luck.
     
  5. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    The extension office will give you everything you need to get started. They probably even have a website if you put the words into Google.

    I wouldn't be put off by a young 4H leader, especially if she had a lot of experience with her chosen animal/competition. Involve other parents as much as possible. My boyfriend goes to all the 4H meetings with his daughter so HE can learn more about horses too. I attend my daughter's goat meetings. The only other goats owned by members are Nigerian Dwarfs and Boers. I'm the only one with dairy goat experience even though I no longer have goats. Don't be too proud to do EVERYTHING yourself. Others will come out of the woodwork once you get going. [​IMG]
     
  6. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that is a great idea, my favorite thing about the Ventura Co Fair is the animals! Here in town, not sure there is a 4H, but bet there are some in the SY Valley, Buellton, Lompoc and Santa Maria
     
  7. cedar post

    cedar post Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 extension office in your county will have everything you need. They should be very helpfull. Good Luck
     
  8. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad you asked this. I'm looking into starting a dog program here. I'm not sure I want to do all the administrative stuff though.
     

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