For the Troy Daily News
TROY — As part of the nation’s largest youth development and youth mentoring organization, Ohio 4-H is known for its excellence in providing hands-on learning activities.
Ohio 4-H Week began on March 5 and culminates with the Ohio 4-H Conference on March 11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This year, nearly 1,500 people are expected to attend. At the conference, 4-H teens and volunteers participate in workshops to hone their skills, learn about 4-H projects, and find out about additional opportunities that 4-H offers.
With 6 million participants nationwide, more than 183,000 young Ohioans participated in traditional 4-H clubs, camps and school enrichment programs, and in other Extension youth groups and educational activities, and nearly 16,500 Ohioans volunteered with Ohio 4-H. In Miami County, more than 2,000 young people and 180 volunteers were involved in 4-H activities.
Membership in the 4-H club program is open to youth who are at least age 8 as of Jan. 1 and in the third grade until Dec. 31 of the year they reach age 19. The youngest members are “Cloverbuds,” a non-competitive program for youth who are age 5 and in kindergarten until they reach age 8 and in third grade.
The core benefits of 4-H rest in the hands-on learning experiences it offers, as well as in the teamwork, leadership and community service in which 4-H youth engage. In addition to traditional club activities, Ohio 4-H offers camps, after-school programs, school enrichment programs, and special STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities.
The Miami County 4-H Club enrollment deadline is Friday, March 31. To become involved or to learn more about 4-H, contact O.S.U. Extension, Miami County at 440-3945.