4-H (was: Trivia)
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Wed, 22 Sep 1993 02:57:00 GMT
>Date: 21 Sep 1993, 16:15:03 EST
>From: Paul Russell USILIPDR at IBMMAIL
> Speaking from experience, however, the two programs
> (BSA and 4-H) are vastly different. BSA emphasizes character evelopment
> and leadership training, while 4-H seems to place most of its emphasis on
> learning useful skills, though the 4-H Junior Leaders program does offer
> leadership training opportunities. Most 4-H clubs do not have anything
> resembling the BSA outdoor program, though they almost always provide
> some social activities for their members.
I will agree that 4-H offers many useful skills (ie cooking), but I saw many
skills offered that were leisure pursuits (woodworking, leatherworking, and
other crafts). In rural areas, the agricultural projects (animals,
horticulture, etc..) may be on the level of vocational training.
To say that most 4-H clubs don't have an outdoor program may be inaccurate
depending on where you live. In Oklahoma and Arkansas, the statewide 4-H
program includes a High Adventure program. They send groups to Philmont
every summer. I also know of staff members who were introduced to Philomnt on
a 4-H trek. What individual chapters do depends on their leaders (youth &
> The 4-H program year culminates with the local county fair (or, in this
> county, the township fair, which serves as a screening mechanism for the
> county fair), where 4-H members exhibit the results of the projects that
> they've been working on for several months - raising and/or caring for
> animals of all sorts; raising plants, vegetables, flowers, or other
> agricultural products; cooking, baking, and other culinary arts; working
> with wood, metal, fabric, or other materials, or electricity; insect
> study; and so on.
The culmination project depends upon the 4-H organization (usually at the
County Level). In Berrien County, Michigan, they have 2 project
culminations: Spring Achievment (a mall show held in May), where "Winter"
projects are displayed (mostly crafts and other indoor projects). "Summer"
projects culminate in exhibitation at the Berrien County Youth Fair (not
strictly a 4-H fair; No exhibiters over age 21; Largest Youth Fair in the
Midwest, 3rd week in August). This includes Baking, animal raising
projects, and horticulture. Even if you exhibited at Spring Achievement,
you could put the same project in the fair (and be eligible for additional
awards). In the club I was in, you needed to exhibit at either Spring
Achievement or the Fair to receive credit in the project.
> It is not uncommon to find 4-H club members who have
> been working on two or three (or even more) projects in several unrelated
I agree. It seems one year, I took Leatherwork, Woodwork, cooking, cake
decorating, and rabbits. (I was just about to lay claim to the cake
decorating supplies this summer, since they weren't being used. My sister
came home from japan and beat me to them:)
> The variety of project areas is fairly broad, though
> not as broad as BSA's merit badge program, however, the time and effort
> required to complete a 4-H project at any level is almost always
> significantly greater than the time and effort required to complete a
> merit badge covering the same basic area of interest.
Unlike the National Merit Badge Program, I really doubt that 4-H has a set
list of project to be offered. Although there are a variety of things
which most clubs seem to have (cooking, sewing, etc..), if a club has the
resources to offer a project (and it is within the usual safety/cost/ethical
considerations), they can. In most cases, I suspect the variety of projects
offered depends upon the resources of the leaders. If a member wants to do a
project, and can find a project leader it can be done.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, t-348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council
SBEGIN@mcimail.com 8 year member of Galien Chanters 4-H Club
I also think my mother is approaching 20 years as a 4-H sewing leader.
(she is still active as a sewing leader).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City