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4-H Program Coordinator
Pat Swanson, 4-H Support Staff
Barb Duvall, 4-H Extension Educator for Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse and Manistee Counties
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What is 4-H?
It's building a robot.
It's cool crafts.
It's creating and marketing your own business.
It's discovering your inner scientist.
It's feeding the calf you're raising for the first time.
It's fishing and testing the lake's water quality.
It's gardening and plant science.
It's hiking and climbing rocks.
It's learning how to play chess.
It's using a GPS to create a community map.
It's wearing something you made, using something you built and eating something you cooked.
It's whatever topic you want to explore.
And most of all... it's FUN!
What does 4-H offer?
For kids, 4-H offers fun learning opportunities through 4-H clubs, afterschool programs, and local, state and international events and activities.
For older teens, 4-H offers opportunities to set goals, develop strategies to reach those goals and take leadership for sharing their skills, knowledge and talents to make their communities stronger.
For adults, 4-H offers research-based support and training in age-appropriate learning methods and materials to help plan activities and projects for and with young people in safe, nurturing environments.
Join the Revolution of Responsibility today!
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2014-15 Johnson Foundation Scholarship
Exploration Days - 2014
Events and Club Announcements!
2014 Archery Flyer.pdf
4-12-14 Dog Obedience & Jr Showmanship Clinic.pdf
Michigan 4-H Guiding Principles
Michigan 4-H sticks to some basic guiding principles that define how it approaches its work with youth. If you want to read the full document, you can download Michigan 4-H Guiding Principles as an Adobe PDF handout.
Here’s the quick version.
Youth develop positive relationships with adults and peers.
Youth are physically and emotionally safe.
Youth are actively engaged in their own development.
Youth are considered participants rather than recipients in the learning process.
Youth develop skills that help them succeed.
Youth recognize, understand and appreciate multiculturalism.
Youth grow and contribute as active citizens through service and leadership.
MSU 4-H News
Fundraising: The career and the training
There are opportunities to pursue a career in fundraising. Youth can develop skills in this career in 4-H by participating in fundraising activities.
Partnering with your child’s teachers: Part 3
Parents supporting school learning activities at home enriches meaning for children and provides a basis for school success.
Promoting agriculture every day
Agricultural promotion happens each day in numerous ways. Just one example of the importance of sharing ideas and messages about agricultural promotion comes from a recent statewide 4-H event.
Official identification required for swine exhibition
All pigs that will be shown at fairs, shows or exhibitions must have official individual animal identification, similar to cattle and sheep.
4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp
Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp is for youth who are interested in exploring animal and veterinary science related projects and activities. Participants must be ages 13 to16 as of January 1, 2014.
How to strengthen parents and teen communication
There are many resources available to strengthen behavior and development within families.
Face the challenges with your head, hands, health and heart
Remember the four H’s of 4-H to solve problems this fair season.
Understanding Environmental Education
Environmental Education is a term that gets used in a variety of ways but often is misunderstood. What is it and why is it important?
Benefits of youth participation in Career Development Events
Career Development Events (CDEs) contribute to youth’s life skill development in animal science-related areas.
How you can reduce biosecurity risks in 4-H projects: Part 4
Biosecurity related to 4-H projects is a matter of high priority! Taking simple precautions will protect animals, members and consumers.
A 4-H club is a place where young people and adults come together to do things that help them:
Be what they want to be.
Think and learn about what interests them most.
Share how they feel about their activities and their lives in general.
Do fun things that also help them learn more.
Relate to peers and the adults in their lives in positive ways.
To join a 4-H Club, you just need to find one that works best for your family! Start by downloading the 4-H Club Contact List below for a list of who to call. When you contact a club, be sure to ask a lot of questions to make sure it's the right fit for your family!
Don't see what you're looking for? ASK US ABOUT STARTING A NEW 4-H CLUB TODAY!
NOTE: In order to show an animal in a 4-H class or market class with other youth at the fair, you must be registered with a club before April 1. After April 1, the market and auction opportunities are closed but non-market classes may be available. Contact us for more information.
4-H Club Contact List
GT 4-H Club List 2014.pdf
- Who? Youth age 5 to 19; adults age 19+ can join as volunteers.
- Where? 4-H runs programs in every Michigan county. Youth from cities, suburbs, towns and rural settings participate.
- How? For Grand Traverse County, call 231-922-4825. For other counties, call your closest MSU Extension office by dialing toll-free 1-888-MSUE-4MI (1-888-678-3464) and entering the first five letters of your county’s name. Ask to speak with someone about joining 4-H.
- How much does it cost? To join a club, the participation fee per youth is $10 per year or $30 per family (with three or more youth). Some types of projects have additional costs for supplies, equipment, travel, etc.
Member Enrollment Packet
4-H Member Enrollment Packet.pdf
Why Become a 4-H Volunteer?
Inspire and empower youth
Meet new people
Share what you have learned
Develop your leadership skills
Make a difference
Leave a legacy
There are many ways to volunteer, click the links below and contact our office to find out more about volunteering with Grand Traverse County 4-H!
Experience the Power of 4-H — Volunteer!
Watch "Why Volunteer" video clip
Volunteer Application Packet
2014 VOLUNTEER APPLICATION PACKET.pdf
A Parent's Role in 4-H
Your child needs your encouragement to get them started in 4-H and to keep them involved in the program through their teen years. You can help if you:
- Share: Take interest, look, listen and offer suggestions, but avoid the temptation to “take over” and do things yourself.
- Prepare: Help your child value having their projects, duties, and presentations done right and on time.
- Be There: Parents are part of 4-H, too. You are welcome and very needed. Lend a hand where you can. Consider becoming a volunteer!
- Care: Support your child’s participation and abide by the policies set by Michigan 4-H, Grand Traverse County 4-H, and the local 4-H councils and committees.
Michigan State University Extension
The 4-H program is the official youth development program of Michigan State University Extension.
Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.
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