4-H enrollment opens today | CraigDailyPress.com

4-H enrollment opens today

Moffat County resident Robin Lambert can’t say enough about the value of the 4-H youth-development program.

As a volunteer leader and mother of two participants, Lambert has seen the program from all angles.

“It’s fun, educational and structured,” she said. “It’s a good program all around.”

Jackie Goodnow, with the Colorado State University Moffat County Cooperative Extension Office, said youths can enroll in more than 100 project categories or in five community clubs.

Projects run the gamut from livestock to baking.

“4-H isn’t just cows and plows anymore,” said extension agent Elisa Shackelton. “We can do just about any project someone wants to take on.”

Other program offerings include clothing, electronics, model building, fishing, ceramics, rocketry and leathercraft.

4-H enrollment opens today. The program costs $15.

“We leave it up to the parents and how much they want to take on,” Goodnow said.

Lambert limits her son and daughter to one project a year because she works so closely with them.

In community clubs, participants get the chance to socialize, learn leadership skills, run fundraisers and take on community-service projects.

“They’re just a way to provide the leadership training and youth development that 4-H is all about,” Goodnow said.

On average, 250 to 300 youths enroll in Moffat County’s 4-H program each year.

Youth ages 5 to 7 also are eligible to enroll in Cloverbuds, though they’re not old enough to enter projects in the Moffat County Fair. The program, however, will offer them a chance to consider projects they might want to take on when they’re 8 years old. Youths can participate in 4-H until they’re 18.

A study completed this year by Colorado State University showed that youths who have participated in 4-H are more confident and more successful, Goodnow said.

“There’s a lot more to 4-H than just the projects,” she said.

Lambert said she enjoys the program because of the social aspects, as well as the skills her children learn.

“They meet new kids and build relationships,” she said. “4-H helps kids grow and mature.”

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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